|February 5, 1922 - January 11, 2015
Mary Elizabeth Williams, 92, formally of Rogers, passed away Sunday,
January 11, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. She was born February 5, 1922 in
Sioux City, Iowa to Gustav Adolph Hansen and Elvira Wold Hansen.
Mary lived most of her life in St. Paul, MN. However, during WWII,
she spent time in New Jersey, New York City, and later Hattiesburg,
MI, while her husband Maury trained and later fought with the famed
442nd army unit. In St. Paul, she worked as a secretary at Luther
Seminary prior to retiring with Maury to Rogers AR in the late 70’s.
Her favorite hobby, sewing, resulted in a constantly changing wardrobe
of clothes and many beautiful quilts. She enjoyed an active life in
Rogers that included participation in Peace Lutheran Church activities,
golf, square dancing, and walking a mile every day.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Maurice
Williams in 2005.
She is survived by one son, Craig T. Williams and daughter-in-law
Mary Cay Burke; one daughter, Christine D. Williams; brother, Harold
Hansen and sister-in-law Dolly Hansen; sister, Elsie Wishon and
brother-in-law Robert Wishon; one sister-in-law, Ione Hansen; one step-
granddaughter; four nephews and five nieces.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 7th at 10:00 a.m. at
Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers with Pastor Dale Jirousek
officiating. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, through the Alz.
org, as a memorial/tribute donation to Mary E. Williams who lived with
Alzheimer’s disease for over 7 years.
Mary sat in front of Dean and myself at the early church services at
Peace Lutheran so we have missed visiting with her every week since
her move to be close to her daughter Christine. Our circle at Church has
also misses her cheerful presents at our monthly meetings, often in the
We have many many memories of this gifted ladies’ life here in Rogers
but one of the most outstanding was her devotion to her husband Maury.
Maury was a close friend of my husband Dean , so we often would drop
into their welcoming home for a visit. Fantastic cookies were always
available as May & I chatted while the men visited in the other room.
In later years when Mary needed the yard raked we joined the youth of
Peace Lutheran to rake the yard clear. Despite the weather everyone had
a great time, raking, pilling leaves into bags, then taking a break inside
for refreshments , friendly conversation and THANK YOU from Mary.
We had so much fun we were the ones who came away feeling grateful.
Mary just had that wonderful way about her as she expressed her joy
and love to all.
The world is a better place for having Mary Williams in it and we are
better people for having her as a role model of Love.
Jan & Dean Muetzel
P.S. Dean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2012. We will
give a donation remembering Mary when we WALK TO END
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE this September 12th 2015 at the Benton
County Community College.