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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.

13 thoughts on “MARY LOU WILLIAMS”

  1. I am so sorry that you went to heaven Mary and you will always be missed!!
    Please say hi to my mom and everyone.

    Love you,


  2. I am so sorry that you We’re taking away from all of us, much too soon! You will always be missed and I love you Mary.

  3. Deepest sympathy

    So sorry to hear that Mary had passed away at least she will have no more suffering . She was a great person,and will be missed dearly .

  4. Charity and family, we are so saddened to hear of your loss of your mom. We really liked her and getting to know her at the hospital. Please know we are thinking and praying for you all during this challenging time.
    Mary Jo and Joe Buckley

  5. I have many fond loving memories of Mary. She always had a smile on her face and was an wonderful addition to our “Kanabec Hospital family”

  6. I am so sad to hear Mary left us too soon. We had fun times at the hospital working together and later she always supported the kitty rescue and always had a kind word and encouragement and we talked many times thru facebook. My prayers to her family who already know what a truly wonderful person she is. Till we meet again. Im sure you are caring for all the animals at the bridge waiting for us all to get there.

  7. Mary
    I had the honor to stay with you and your family 27 years ago. I thank you for that time.
    I’m sorry you’re no longer with us.
    I have thought a lot about you the past week..since I knew you were very ill.
    I have also thought a lot about the year I spent with you and Gil, Tracy, Charity, and Dylan.
    The memories are still clear to me.
    Your laugter, your food, your comfort.
    You went through life with your head up high.
    Love you.

    Love and hugs to you Gil Charity Tracy Dylan
    Sara Jelmin Åström

  8. Dear Gil, Tracy, Charity, Dylon, and families,

    We were so sad to hear of Mary’s loss this week and have been praying for you all ever since. Mary will always be remembered fondly and we trust that she is in a better place. I’m sorry that the kids and I are not able to come to the service today, but please know that you are in our thoughts today, as you will be for the weeks and months to come. May God’s grace and peace abound to all of you in a way that is beyond understanding.

    Much love,
    Susan (Brad), Thomas, and Lily

  9. Gil and Family –
    We send our Heavy Heartfelt Thoughts out to you at this time.

    The Angels have their Wings wrapped around her, and she will Forever be with you in memories, she was a Wonderful Woman with a Contagious Smile …
    Deepest Symphony –
    Annie & Terry Stassen

  10. Please accept my condolences to your family. I hope that the Bible’s promise of the resurrection brings you comfort during this very difficult time. (Acts 24:15)

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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