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Mary M (Williamson) Thomas
January 29, 1939 ~ April 1, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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On April 1st, 2023, Mary Margaret Williamson Thomas entered her heavenly home. She was welcomed by her Lord and Savior and many friends and family who had gone before her. She leaves behind a devoted husband of 65 years Rev. David Lee Thomas, her daughters; Lisa Dawn (Jerry) McBee of Springfield Missouri and Angela Beth (Roger) Bennett of Hartsburg Missouri and her son William Joseph Thomas of Montezuma, Indiana.
She was born January 29, 1939, in Georgetown Illinois to William George and Willa Belle (Grider) Williamson. She had three older sisters: Mathieu (Cindy) Scott, Barbara (Dick) Wittenmyer and Phyllis (Moose) Roberts and an older brother, Donald (Joan) Williamson. Then young Judy (Jerry) Dickerson and William (Charlotte) George Williamson II.
As a young child she learned to be strong, she lived through WWII and at 4 years old she contracted polio and unlike so many others, she fought and made herself do everything that other kids did. She learned to ride a bicycle, then a motorcycle, even with crutches and braces on her leg, she refused to be beaten. She met her future husband, David, when they were children. She was walking home from school with her crutches, and he ran into her on his bicycle, knocking the poor crippled girl down! She later said she married him to get even for that! As a young teen, before she could get a real job or even drive a car (although she could drive the farm tractor just fine) she flew along, halfway across the country to help her sister Cindy care for her young children in San Francisco. Throughout her life, she repeated that, going to help family and friends, whenever and wherever there was a need. Mary would show up and do whatever she could.
In 1957 she and David graduated high school and got married. David was in the Airforce, so the future was uncertain, but after a few years, the babies started coming, Lisa, Angie, and little David Christopher, (who waits in Heaven) and Bill.
Mary was active in church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and working in the nursery and junior church. She taught her children to work hard, love God and others, and always do the right thing. She was the one who cooked meals for the church on Wednesday nights, so families could still come to church after they got off work that night. She gathered groceries and housewares and left them on many doorsteps when she heard of a need in a family. When someone needed money, but pride wouldn't let them accept a handout, she always found a job that they could do and earn the money themselves. Through the years, many people stayed in their home, accepted as part of the family until they could get on their feet again. When there was a need, Mary and David were always quick to respond to ask how they could help, and then followed through with it.
There were many times Mary left her home and stayed with her children, her grandchildren, her mother-in-law, her sister-in-law, and her own mother. She had a special gift for caring for others.
She has two beautiful granddaughters; Monique Blevins (Paul) of Sparta Missouri and Virginia Mincks of Columbia Missouri and blessed with seven great-grandchildren; Malina, Arianna, Chance, Charlotte, Alex, Eli, and Ivy.
Her legacy lives on in the many lives that she has touched.
Visitation will be held at Brown-Mack Funeral Home on Wednesday April 5, 2023, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Service will be at Brown-Mack Funeral Home on Thursday April 6, 2023, at 1:00 PM with Pastor Larry Lilly officiation. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Montezuma.
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