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Southern Standard, 18 Apr 1929
A Beloved woman of De Gray Dies.
Mrs. Mary C. Williams, one of the oldest and most beloved citizens of DeGray departed this life at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. Julia Herrington, on Tuesday, April 9th. She was 80 years, three months and 3 days old at the time of her death. She had been a member of the Baptist church at DeGray 62 years. She lived a Christian life. She was the mother of three children, Julia Ann Callaway, Ned Williams and Willie Williams. She was a kind and loving mother and dutiful wife. Mrs. Williams was married to A. M. Callaway in 1866 and in 1878 she was married to D. A. Williams. She has gone but not forgotten. She has been blind for the past seven years and hasn't been out of the house in two years.



DeGray Baptist Church Cemetery, Clark Co., AR

Sunday's Obituary - Mary C. Williams

Date: 2010-12-26 04:49 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dee, I have a suggestion for you IF you're hoping for other family members (descendants of your ancestors) to find you. (I don't know if you are or not.) If you transcribe the obituaries and other newspapers clippings and post them on your blog along with scans of the originals, the search engines will pick up the transcriptions. (Again, maybe that's not helpful or of interest to you....)

Re: Sunday's Obituary - Mary C. Williams

Date: 2010-12-26 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good idea - have transcribed the obit now.

Date: 2010-12-26 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
That is a very good idea, wish I had thought of it myself. I will do that next time too.


Date: 2010-12-27 02:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You know that last line in the obit really kills me. Why did they have to put it in that she was blind and hadn't been out of the house for two years? Is this there way of telling everyone the reason she died? Just curious. B

Date: 2010-12-27 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A lot of the older obituaries were very chatty about stuff we wouldn't dream of saying in an obit today.

There's Mary's second husband, David Andrew Williams' ( obit, which is really graphic. And the same for one of my Chapin relatives, Ward Chapin. ( That one is very, um, descriptive.
Edited Date: 2010-12-27 02:57 am (UTC)


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