AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME
Mary L. Williams, of Mora, died on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at First Light Health System of Mora. She was 67 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Hillman Baptist Church.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 4-7 pm. on Friday, April 13th at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home and also one hr. prior to the service on Saturday at church.
INURNMENT will be at a later date.
Memorials preferred to Kanabec County Kick Cancer to the Curb.
Mary Lou Williams (Nelson), age 67, of Mora passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the FirstLight Health System after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born November 18, 1950 at Kanabec Hospital in Mora to Hilding and Elma (Jerrow) Nelson. She was raised in rural Mora on the Nelson farm along with her three sisters: Louisa, Dorothy, and Nancy. Mary graduated from Mora High School in 1968. In 1969, she met her husband Gilbert “Gil” and they were married in 1970. Together, they raised three children: Tracy, Charity, and Dylon. They also lost an infant son Travis at 2 months old.
Mary enjoyed spending time doing various hobbies. In her early years she enjoyed showing her horse. She loved riding and received many ribbons along her way. Her other areas of interest were gardening, thrift shopping, cooking, decorating, snowmobiling with friends, watching soap operas, riding motorcycle and dancing. She loved animals and always had a stray cat or dog she would adopt along the way. She loved to be goofy and play jokes on her friends and family and her smile and laughter lit up the room.
Mary’s pride and joy was spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren. She was so proud of everything her children and grandchildren did, and loved hearing about and watching their various sports and school activities.
Our mom believed in the simple things in life. Anyone who was lucky to know her knows she was genuine and kind spirited. She would help out anyone anyway she could. A pot of coffee was always on, a hot meal ready, and candy in the candy dish. She loved having conversations with friends and family no matter the topic, and you always felt loved when you left.
Mary worked at several places throughout her life, including Freddies Restaurant for many years serving her local community. Most recently though she worked at Kanabec Hospital/FirstLight Health System for 22 years, until her retirement in 2013.
Mary is preceded in death by her infant son Travis, her parents Hilding and Elma Nelson, her in-laws Glidden and Gladys Williams, brothers-in-law Dale Greenwald, Dale Reynolds, Dick Weinreich, and Lee Williams.
Mary is survived by her husband Gilbert “Gil” of Mora; daughters Tracy (Guy) Knudson of Zimmerman, Charity (Kyle) Stanchfield of Quamba, and son Dylon (Kim) Williams of Mora; five grandchildren Mikayla and Matthew Knudson, and Coryna, Mallory, and Ty Stanchfield; three sisters, Louisa Greenwald of Brooklyn Park, Dorothy (David) Meineke of Hibbing, and Nancy Weinreich of Cambridge; sister-in-law Sue Williams of Rock Creek; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.