Mary Reed Williams passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the age of 86 after battling cancer. Mary was a native and lifetime resident of Beaumont, Texas and graduated from Saint Anthony High School, class of 1951.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Phelan Reed and Randolph C. Reed Sr; brothers, Randolph C. Reed Jr. and Thomas S. Reed II; sisters, Anne P. Reed and Ruby Reed Lyons; son Randolph Thomas Roane, former husband William Arthur Roane, and husband Louis M. Williams Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Peggy Reed; son, Art Roane and spouse Sally Hawthorne Roane, their children, Will Roane and Jed Roane, and their grandchildren Abigaile Roane, Reese Labelle, Liam Roane and Hattie Jo Roane; son, James Roane and former spouse Dena Downing Roane; son, Stephen Roane and spouse Rachael Low Roane and their children, Terrell Roane, Cameron Roane, Connor Roane, Mary Margaret Roane, Catherine Callie Roane; and son Matt Williams and spouse Andrea Williams and their children, Louie Williams and Jack Williams.
Mary was born and raised in the Catholic faith in Beaumont, Texas, and passionately practiced that faith her entire life. She attended church most days at the chapel in St. Elizabeth’s hospital where she volunteered for 40 plus years under the watchful eyes of her grandparents John Henry Phelan and Hannah Phelan whose photos hang in the lobby. She was proud of that heritage but never boasted of it, instead simply serving others as her ancestors had done before her.
Along with her faith, Gran Mary, as her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her, was most passionate about her family. She raised five boys who always adored her. She made it a point to attend every grandparent function possible and had a knack for being able to make each grandchild feel special.
She loved to visit with friends, family and anyone who needed to be heard because she genuinely cared. Always active, she was driving to the beach, taking the train to New Orleans and dancing until the very end. She loved life and it showed in her beautiful blue eyes – true windows to her compassionate soul. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 18, 2020, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont. Mrs. Williams’ servies may be viewed live at: https://youtu.be/whiEpqqgO6c
Memorial contributions are suggested to Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703.
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Lilli Phelan Bean
Peggy and Mary's beautiful family, my heart is broken with yours. Much love and gratitude that Mary graced our lives.
Minnie Zummo Lindsey
My heartfelt sympathy go out to the family of my forever loving good and exceptionally faithful to our Creator God our Father friend Mary .She will always be remembered as a exemplary example of a life well lived as a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Her life and devotion to family was amazingly beautiful.
Paulette & Paul Guidroz
Art & Sally, We are thinking of you and your family as you celebrate your Mom's remarkable life and the memories you shared, I enjoyed our many conversations at St. Elizabeth after daily mass. She was a most remarkable Volunteer at the hospital; and will be greatly missed by all our associates at CHRISTUS. May the peace and love of Christ find you during this difficult time.
Barbara & Tom Leicht
Mary was an outstanding example of our upbringing by our wonderful Diocesan Priest and Dominican Nuns. She was taught by them and lived a beautiful Catholic life. She will be missed by many. May Her Soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, REST-IN-Peace-AMEN.
Margaret Coco Mignery
I knew Mary through my brother in law, Art Roane. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever known such a love filled spirit. Surely heaven rejoiced when Mary arrived. My deepest condolences to Art, Sally, Will, and Jed and all the family.
Fr. Steve Leger
Great lady. She had a lot of faith and a lot of class. May she rest in peace.
Anita Savino Fournier
Mary was an exceptional woman, an asset to the Beaumont Community, and, a loving and caring person. I extend my deepest sympathy and warm thoughts to Peggy and also to Mary's family.
Mrs Williams, Or Mattâ€™s mom, as I affectionately called her, was the epitome of grace and gentleness, while being strong and loving. She was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed.
Mary was such a special lady. She will truly be missed by all.
your mom was always so nice to me. she never fell to say hello & always made you feel so special. i will miss her smiling face. prayers mike cacioppo
Phoebe Phelan Bassana and family
Cousin Mary cheered everyone with her radiant smile. She was a remarkable lady who brightened all of our lives with her delightful attitude and loving spirit. We pray that her family may be comforted just as she comforted countless families with her gentle strength and compassion.
Gay & Denise Domingue
We met Mary years ago when Randy was Ill. We grew to love Maryâ€™s sweet spirit and what an amazing mother she was. The world has lost a beautiful soul but Heaven has gained the sweetest angel. RIP Mary.
John.S. Neil, Jr.
Ms. Mary was a special person for my entire family.. Her and her family all know how deeply we will miss her. We were all lucky to have known a true angel on earth. God speed my friend.
My deepest sympathy to Mary's family. She was such a wonderful lady and will be missed by everyone who knew her. May she rest in peace.
Liz Bardsley Harms
Mary was a special person and a wonderful friend to our family throughout the years. She will be remembered for her radiant smile, true warmth and genuine spirit. Our condolences to the entire family. May she rest in peace.
Mary Beth Adrian Cloninger
Mary blessed all our lives with her kindness, graciousness, and joy. As a volunteer at Sty. E, she was loved by patients, staff, and fellow volunteers. May her family find comfort in sweet memories. Mary Beth Cloninger, former Volunteer Director at St. Elizabeth Hospital
Ann M. Kubala
I have known Mary all my life because she and my mom (Betty Kubala) were good friends and I always enjoyed how they would joke around with each other. Mary could always make my mom laugh. She was a dear friend of my mom's and at some point, became a very dear friend to me. I admired her devotion to the Rosary and the Blessed Virgin Mary. To all of Mary's family, please know you are in my prayers.
Margaret Robichau Terry
Mary was always such a fresh of breath air! A long time friend of the family that was always there for us. I will miss our hugs and greetings when she was volunteering at StEâ€™s. What a beautiful woman in every sense.! Her family should be very proud!
Margaret Brown Middleton
I knew Mary for a very long time as I went to school with her son Art. at Kelly High School. She brought a smile to my face every time I saw her at St Elizabeth and out and about with her beautiful smile and caring way. Her faith was so strong and her reward is great.
Mary was my friend for most of my life.. She was a beautiful caring lady and I loved her dearly. I will miss her but heaven has gained the most beautiful angel..
Mary was indeed a very special person. We go back to high school days and on. Always smiling that beautiful smile and always wanting to know how you were. My deepest sympathy and love to her family ... she will be missed by all....
Jimmie Jay Jackson
When I think of Mary, I am reminded of her caring heart, her contagious smile and her devotion to her family and faith.Â Mary always made me feel special.Â Over the years our lives crossed again and again from her connections with Bruce's family, my family and our relationship through Matt and Amy.Â This earth was a much better place because ofÂ Mary and heaven rejoiced when she became an angel.Â Â I send my deepest sympathy to Mary's family.Â You are in my thoughts and prayers.Â Allow your precious memories to get you through the rough times.
my deepest condolences to the family. May her soul rest in peace and mayGod give you comfort
Mary Oxford Englander
What a beautiful example of a life lived in faith, kindness, and love she gave us. Peace to all.
I always thought of Mary as the Doris Day of Beaumont: sunny, smiling, joyous and always filled with a song in her heart. Despite the tragedies and hardships she had in her life, she was the most positive and contagiously upbeat person I've ever known. She was a dear friend of my parents, Jean and Earl, and a dear friend of mine my entire life. Michael and I send our deep condolences and our boundless gratitude that we were lucky enough to have know her. Much love, Jamie Brickhouse and Michael Hayes
Lea and Jim Perlitz
Mary was a lovely lady . She was friendly, caring and made each person feel special! Our prayers and sympathy to Peggy and the family.!
JEAN W MCFADDIN
Mary was one of us....Girls, Class of 51. All of us "girls" could write a short story of the times and experiences we had when we all got together. Mary would always surprise us with her humor.. She will truly be missed. God's Peace to all the family and friends that loved Mary. We all sure did......
Louis M. Broussard, Sr.
A beautiful and gracious lady who will be missed by everyone . Prayers and Deepest Sympathy, Louis M. Broussard.Sr. and Aline
I adored her. Everyone who knew her loved her. I know Aunt Tootsie is beside herself to have her back with her and Ruby, too. Peggy, letâ€™s get together and remember your two sisters, ok?
I considered Mary one of my best friends. I am so glad I could be with her at the beach before she left for MD Anderson. She was energized at the beach; a different person there. I loved all her children. I remember being there for her as she lost Randy. I thank God for the masses at the chapel with her, the trip to Notre Dame University to see Matt (we almost crashed as we landed), the trip to the Bahamas, the socials we attended together, and much more. She was a brave, humble, strong, faith filled, beautiful lady. My faith grew even stronger because of her.
Joyce and Bob Shofnef
Mary was always a lady you wanted to be around. A great role model for all who had the privilege of knowing her... God got a super angel. Condolences to her wonderful family. .
COUSIN MARY WAS TRULY A PRECIOUS PERSON WITH A HEART OF GOLD. SHE HAD A WONDERFUL WAY OF MAKING YOU FEEL SO SPECIAL. SHE WAS SO VIBRANT``~YOU COULD TELL BY THE LIGHT IN HER EYES! I KNOW SHE IS IN HEAVEN HAVING A BALL SEEING ALL HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!
My wife Betty and Mary were life long friends. Betty suffered multiple illness and I quit office practice to be with her. Unfortunately she died. I started to go to daily Mass at Christus Saint Elizabeth. Mary rarely missed a Mass. We would chat afterwards, and soon became were good friends. She fought her illness, but God had a different plan for her. .She is now with our Savior. My sympathies to her family. She will be missed..
Mary was a caring, warm and delightful! A truly extraordinary woman who always made me feel welcome whenever I went to the house. I grew up with the family and spent many years around their home, always with Mary's blessing. After my mother passed Mary was like a second mother to me before I left Beaumont. I know that she is smiling down on all of us now.. Thinking about her now, reflecting on how so many years have passed, the words warm, generous, joyful and kind come to my mind as I remember. Our time here is short and it is a blessing to have know such a wonderful person.
Mary was always a special person to me. I remember her smile, and I felt that she personally cared about me. I can't imagine St Elizabeth with out her, and also the Beaumont community. I know that heaven is waiting for her. May she rest in peace. My love to her family.
I have known Mary for a long time as she attended mass at the Saint Elizabeth Hospital chapel regularly and I was blessed to be able to attend occasionally. I had no idea she was Steveâ€™s mom. She was a beautiful woman and radiated love with her smile. I will be just one of many people who will miss her presence in their lives
Im so sadden to hear of Mrs Williams Passing. What a beautiful Soul Rest Well Auntie Mary Love Always Zachary Family!