Alma 'Marie' Williams


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Alma ‘Marie’ (Weirich) Williams


Alma “Marie” (Weirich) Williams passed away on March 22, 2013, in San Mateo County, California.

“Marie” was born on June 28, 1921 in Johnson City, Texas to Alvina and Henry J. Weirich. She was the youngest of their seven children reared in Fredericksburg and Johnson City. A graduate of Johnson City High School class of 1939, she was Salutatorian, FFA sweetheart, and many other accomplishments. She left for San Antonio for business school after graduation. She worked for Pedernales Electric Company and as an executive secretary for the Continental Oil Company.

In 1944, while in Colorado Springs, she met her future husband, Lt. Norman E. Williams of Modesto, California, at the Blue Spruce Restaurant. He left for Europe in June 1944 and they lovingly corresponded throughout the war. He received a bronze medal for valor while with the 2nd Army, “Hell on Wheels”.

When Norman returned from Europe they were married in Johnson City at the Methodist Church on Feb. 14, 1946. They settled in Fresno, California, where Norman was employed with Moore Equipment Company. The Korean Conflict stationed them in Fairbanks, Alaska, until 1952 when they settled in Stockton, California. 

Marie was an exceptional mother and devoted wife. She volunteered with her daughters’ schools, Girl Scouts and created custom clothes for her family. She managed the finances and maintained a safe and loving home. Norman and Marie consistently instilled the value of family, manners, respect and open affection within the home and their community. They were both known for their quick wit and sense of humor.

The family would return to Texas every other year where they and their daughters would refresh and renew relationships with Marie’s parents, brothers and sisters and their families. Those deep connections that have sustained time and brought Norman and Marie back to Texas.

Norman preceded her in death on July 27, 2005. He had been an adventurer and treasured his Marie above all else in his life. She was his anchor and he her sanctuary. Her brothers and sisters, Carl, Paul and Albert Weirich, Gretchen Flowers, Mathilda LeDoux and George Weirich have all passed on before her.

Marie and Norman are survived by daughter Marsha Kay Williams and her husband, Craig Miller, of Pilot Hill, California; daughter Susan Joyce Williams-Pellegrini and her husband, Robert Pellegrini, of Hillsborough, California: grandchildren Alexia Pellegrini of San Francisco, Vincent Pellegrini of Hillsborough, California, and Laura Pellegrini Nelson and her husband, Jon Nelson, as well as great-granddaughter, Isabella Nelson, of West Hollywood, California, along with many  nieces and nephews and their families from Texas, California and beyond.

Norman and Marie will be interred at the Masonic Historical Cemetery in Johnson City next to her parents. A memorial and dedication will be at gravesite on June 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Event Center in Johnson City on Settlement Road beginning about noon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Crofts-Crow Funeral Home of Johnson City.

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