Mary Ellen Williams
January 23, 1934 – November 4, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Ellen Williams announces her passing, at Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville on November 4, 2017.
Mary was born January 23, 1934, on her parent’s farm near Ansley, in Custer County, Nebraska. She was the third child of the late Georgia Hollenbeck & Douglas Mills Jr. Mary grew up in Ansley and attended local schools.
Mary married her first husband Ed Fries and they had four children: Carol, Karen, Eddie, and Linda.
In 1959 Mary met and married the love of her life, Lyle “Gus” Williams. Gus & Mary moved to California and raised three children, Lee, Dan, and Ken. Mary & Gus celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Mary had many hobbies, she loved to cook and garden at home. She also enjoyed sewing and embroidery and relished sharing her handy work with her appreciative family.
For 30 years, Mary served as a 4-H Leader for the Montezuma Hills 4-H Club in Birds Landing. Always one to volunteer, Mary was the fifteen-year Chairperson of the Sacramento Blood Center Blood Drive.
A charter member of the Rio Vista Women of the Moose, Mary held many leadership positions including, serving as the first recorder, Senior Regent, Past Regent & Application Review Chairperson. Mary enjoyed the fellowship and many dear friendships she made.
Mary was a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, & friend to many. Her home was a welcome haven for family, friends, and neighbors. She touched many lives & will be sorely missed.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, George & Bill Mills, sister Linda Mills, sons Eddie Fries, infant twin sons, Harlyn & Harry Williams, and parents-in-law, Harry & Bonnie Williams.
Mary is survived by her husband, Lyle “Gus” Williams of Rio Vista. Daughters, Carol (Ed) Thamer, Karen (Ray) Hunt, and Linda (Jerald) Ward from Nebraska. Sons, Lee (Paula) Williams, Ken (Jeannette) Williams from Rio Vista and Dan (Valerie) Williams, from Vacaville. Grandchildren, Rowdy, Quirt, Dallas, Rebel & Cocha Hunt, Allen Thamer, Jeremy & Shawn Ward, Chad Hunt, & Janie Myers all from Nebraska. Grandchildren, Jessica Williams, Megan Shelby, Ashley Williams, & Kristel Valmonte all from California. Brothers, Gordon “Curly” (LuWana) Mills, Tom (Joyce) Mills & John (Judy) Mills. Sisters, Edna (Jim) Ferguson & Julie (Bixby) Teeters. Sister-in-law Joyce Mills, as well as twenty-nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 2 PM, Rio Vista Moose Lodge, 11 N Front St., Rio Vista, CA.
Memorial contributions can be made to Montezuma Fire Protection District, 21 N 4th St, Rio Vista, CA 94571 or the Solano County 4-H Youth Development Program, 501 Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533.