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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Obituary: Mary Elizabeth (Allen) Williams

  • Mary Elizabeth (Allen) Williams departed this world on April 14, 2014, at the age of 100.  She left on a lovely spring afternoon, surrounded by her family and holding their hands.  Her passing was peaceful and pain free, a beautiful ending to a beautiful life.
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  • Mary Elizabeth (Allen) Williams departed this world on April 14, 2014, at the age of 100.  She left on a lovely spring afternoon, surrounded by her family and holding their hands.  Her passing was peaceful and pain free, a beautiful ending to a beautiful life.
    Mary was born in Rothville, Mo on January 22, 1914.  She was the daughter of Walter and Birdie Allen and the sister of older brother, Roy, who always called her Dot.  She graduated from high school and began a career in hair styling which she would pursue with success and pleasure all of her life.
    Mary found her great life love when she met and married Earl Leo Williams. Separated by thousands of miles in World War II, (Earl was in the Pacific, Mary in rural Missouri) the couple shared a secret communication. They made a pact that each night they would look at the sky, comforted in knowing that the other, wherever they were, was seeing the same moon.
    In 1951, Mary gave birth to her only child, son, Bob.  Eventually, the family moved to Kansas City, where Mary supplemented her home beauty shop by working during the day as a very successful sales person for the Wall Street Journal.
    Mary and Earl’s hard work enabled them to provide their son with the college degree neither of them had ever had the opportunity to achieve.
    After Earl died in 1983, Mary lived with Bob and wife, Sharon, for more than 30 years becoming the “Ultimate Nana” for her grandchildren, Kali and Alex. She also treated the family to the best pies and cookies anyone could desire.
    Throughout her long life, Mary was an energetic caregiver, always optimistic and outgoing, “her voice was like a smile.”
    Mary spent the last 3 ½ years of her life at Liberty Terrace Nursing home.  She received excellent care from the many kind and sincere nurses and staff.   Although she was in her upper 90’s, every day she took the shuttle bus to the Liberty Silver Center. Here she was a favorite of the other members, and once again, the recipient of loving kindness and care from the Silver Center staff. Her family visited her many times a week and she loved to come to their home for holidays and special occasions.  In her final weeks, Mary was helped wonderfully and compassionately by the individuals at Crossroads Hospice. Her family got to say good bye to her, heard her tell them that she loved them and every one received the precious gift of her kisses.
    Mary is survived by son Bob, daughter-in-law (as far as Mary was concerned it would be “daughter”) Sharon, grandchildren, Kali (husband Brian) and Alex (fiancé Clarice) and great grandchildren, Semra and Cooper.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mary’s body is no longer here. But, her example and legacy of love will live with us, and beyond us.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Liberty Silver Center or Crossroads Hospice. The family will hold a private family funeral. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at ChurchArcherPasley.com.
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