1927 – 2018
Mary K. Williams, born July 27, 1927, in McKeesport, PA, recently died at age 90. She was a 40-year resident of Cave Creek, AZ and also resided in Fairfield, CT from 1967 to 1978. Mary K. married William F. “Bill” Williams in 1951, sharing 59 years with him until his passing in 2010. Mary K. attended Millersville State Teacher’s College in PA, pursuing studies in Secretarial/Admin. She typed and edited Bill’s first book, “Principles of Automated Information Retrieval” in 1965. Later, Mary K. worked as the Secretary of the Cave Creek Elementary School. Mary K. played tennis and golf; traveled to many exotic locales; was an accomplished bridge player, and an amateur archeologist. After her secretarial career, Mary K. earned her Real Estate License and worked for Cave Creek Realty and Russ Lyon Realty, among others. Over the years, she held several positions at the Cave Creek – Carefree Association of Realtors, including that of President, in 1991. Mary K. was a member of the Mother’s Club, the Cave Creek Archeological Society and Our Lady’s Guild at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Carefree. Her family remembers Mary K. for her laughter, her joyous spirit, her loving kindness and her optimistic, can-do attitude. Mary K. is survived by daughters, Monica Smith of Tempe; and Kathryn Williams, with whom she lived in Cave Creek for her final 7 years of life; her grandchildren Michael Smith, Rachel Smith and Lawrence Williams; and 3 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, William; son, Larry; grandson, Colin; sisters, Claire and Anna Mae; and brother, William. Love and appreciation go to Olga Ciurdas who was her caregiver as well as her beloved friend for 5 years. Services for Mary K. are as follows: Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018, will be held at St. Paul Roman Catholic Parish Church, 330 W. Coral Gables Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85023. A Reception will be held in the Church Hall at noon. Afterward, Mary K. will be lovingly interred at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 23015 N. Cave Creek Road. All are invited to attend.