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Mary Josephine (Jo) Williams

Dec 10, 2013 - Staff

Mary Josephine (Jo) Williams, of Lander, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 86 years old.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander with the Rev. Chuck Clark officiating. Music will be provided by the Lander Senior Center Choir.

Mary Josephine (Jo) Williams was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Tonopah, Nev., the daughter of James Hayden Howard and Beatrice Ann (Wells) Howard. She had a younger brother, James H. Howard Jr. Her mother died when she was young, leaving her with the responsibilities of caring for her brother and helping her father.

She graduated as valedictorian from Gold Field High School in Nevada with the Class of 1945.

On May 19, 1945, she married Leslie Hugh Williams in Tonopah, Nev. After World War II ended, and the couple moved to Encampment to be with Mr. Williams' family. Two children were born while they lived in Encampment. In 1952 they moved to Hawthorne, Nev., where their children Mark and Nancy M. Williams were born.

In December 1962, they moved to Lander where Mrs. Williams was living at the time of her death.

During her working years, Mrs. Williams worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at Fremont County Weed and Pest. She was a member of the Milford Home Economics Club, the Lander Artists Guild, Trinity Guild and the Lander Senior Center Choir.

Her family said her greatest joys were her family, art and singing.

She is survived by her children, Leslie H. Williams and his wife Shirley M., Mark Williams and his wife Fiona F., and Nancy James and her husband Dave; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Hugh Williams; son James Richard Williams; parents; and a brother.

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