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Mary L. Williams

   Mary Lucille Williams, 84, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, April 3, 2011. 
   She was born July 23, 1926 at home, north of Fountain City, to Russell Lymon “Pat” and Flossie Mae Fulton Meyers. She graduated from Fountain City High School in 1944. She immediately went to work for the war effort in the procurement division office at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. She married Francis J. Williams on May 28, 1947. To this union was born 3 children to bless their home.
   Mrs. Williams was co-owner and served as bookkeeper of Williams Floor & Tile in Richmond and later Williams Quality Carpets in Fountain City. She also co-owned Williams Appliances & Gifts in Fountain City for a few years.
   After retiring in 1984, she served as New Garden Township Trustee for 5 years and was instrumental in the establishment of the Northeastern Senior Center. She attended the Fountain City Church of Christ and was a former member of the Fountain City Fire Department Auxiliary. She, along with Francis and other members of the community, initiated the fund raising and restoration of the Levi Coffin House and was active many years in the birth and planning of Levi Coffin Days. She served on activity committees in preparation for the 1976 National Bicentennial and the Fountain City Sesquicentennial in 1984. She was honored by former Gov. Robert Orr as a Sagamore of the Wabash during the administration of Gov. Evan Bayh.     
   Mrs. Williams will be missed by her husband, Francis; daughters & sons-in-law, Marilyn & Peter Lyons, of Cambridge City and Shirley & Claude Livesay, of Greenfield; son & daughter-in-law, Jerry & Joni Williams, of Hagerstown; 3 grandchildren Darcie Amyx, Sara Moore and Christopher Williams; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Williams, on February 19, 1993; an infant sister, Wilma Meyers; and brother, Willard “Pat” Meyers.
   A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Max Knight at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
   Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may be sent to the Northeastern Senior Center, PO Box 139, Fountain City, IN 47341 or the Fountain City Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 405, Fountain City, IN 47341.

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I remember her for the Levi Coffin House, the carpet store and gift shop and her part in the Senior citizen meal site. She was a very good person to know and will be missed by all of us. My prayers and thoughts are with Francis and the rest of the family.

Linda Creech Lacey Apr 8 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Francis and family,  
  Though I have been away from Fountain City for several years now, I can  remember vividly your store and the help you always offered to my parents and the entire community.    I am sad for your loss of Mary, but we all know she is now in Heaven with our Lord.  Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Sally Niewoehner Apr 8 2011 12:00 AM

All of us who grew up in Fountain City will miss you!

Billy Stegall Apr 7 2011 12:00 AM

Your Mother was a grand example of doing her best to help other people.
I have enjoyed hearing you speak of all her contributions to the community and beening patriotic and teaching you family traditions.  

Deepest sympathy,  Love Laurie

Laurie Handy Apr 7 2011 12:00 AM

In the 1950's, Mary was my mother's (Bertha Prifogle) best friend.  Our families lived next door to each other on Ross Street in Fountain City.  It was a new housing development, and I believe my father (Stan Prifogle, who died in January of this year) said he paid $13,000 for our home.  Every morning, my mother and Mary would get together for coffee and probably a little respite from raising the combined seven children (Jerry, Shirley and Marilyn; John, Jean, Diane and Jamie).  It was the quintessential neighborhood of the 50's---children out playing and creating daily adventures, mothers attending to cooking, cleaning, laundry and gardening.  The elementary school was within walking distance.  Groceries could be charged at Hinshaw's---the amounts written in a spiral notebook until payday.  Ice cream cones were a nickel a scoop at the drugstore, where we kids would walk to check out the latest comic books.  I have photos of all the children playing in our inflatable wading pool.  We girls would dress our dollies in clothes that my mother had sewn.
It was the type of neighborhood where parents watched out for all the kids.
I know my mother treasured her deep friendship with Mary, and I want to offer my sincere condolences to Francis, Jerry, Shirley and Marilyn for their loss.

Diane (Prifogle) Ferlauto Apr 6 2011 12:00 AM

Jerry & family

Please accept my deepest sympathy with the passing of your Mother.

Linda Catron Apr 6 2011 12:00 AM

Francis and family,

On behalf of the Levi Coffin House Association Board of Directors, members, and volunteers, I want to express our condolences on Mary's passing. We will always be indebted to the folks like you and Mary who had the foresight to understand the importance of the Coffin House and for being willing to give so generously of your time and energy to insure that it was saved and preserved. At the time, I'm sure you all were just concerned about saving a piece of local history. I wonder if you really understood the significance of what you were doing and its lasting legacy. Now, forty-four years later, I hope that you and Mary were proud of the role you played in insuring this important piece of our national history was saved for the thousands of schoolchildren and other visitors from around the country and the world to learn from and enjoy. All of the community organizations that Mary volunteered untiringly for are better for her efforts.

Janice McGuire Apr 6 2011 12:00 AM

Francis, Jerry, Shirley and Marilyn,
Debbie and I express our deepest sympathy to your family. Debbie said she remembers going to the farm when she was little, having a ball when she played in the barn and went to the creek (all of this was missing in Richmond city life) and being famished when Mary cooked up a bunch of great food from the farm. Also, I remember visiting withy Debbie and our three children when we lived in Portland, Maine. Our oldest daughter , Michelle, learned what farm life is like, what happens when you get too close to the peacocks and we got to watch the wrestling nmatch (horsing around) with Earl and Uncle Bob as Mary yelled 'discouragement'.
"For death begins with life's breath and life begins at the touch of death."
                                                                      'John Qxeham'
Our prayers are with you.

George & Debbie Ellis Apr 6 2011 12:00 AM

sorry for your loss your family is in my prayers

rhoda creech rapp Apr 6 2011 12:00 AM

Francis and family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Dick and Dee Hawkins Apr 5 2011 12:00 AM

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