Mary Frances Conner Williams obituary – PCPatriot
Mary Frances Conner Williams, 89, died on April 3, 2022 at her home in Pulaski, Va., after a short hospitalization. She was surrounded by her family. Under a clear blue sky, the multi-faceted daffodils planted and stretched by her hands were in all their glory.
Mary Frances was born on December 27, 1932 and grew up on her parents’ small dairy farm in Copper Hill, Virginia. She helped milk the cows, by hand at the time, and relieved boredom by simultaneously reading or working on her homework. Her diligence paid off and she graduated valedictorian of the Check High School Class of 1949.
She held a number of jobs throughout her life, but is probably best remembered as co-owner of Pharmacy Associates, Inc., which operated local pharmacies Pulaski Drugs and Dublin Pharmacy (amongst others) for many years. many years before disbanding in 1996. After retiring, she channeled her energies and meticulousness into genealogy and compiled a near-exhaustive history of her maternal (Boone) and paternal (Conner) lines. Her work often took her to dusty basements of courtrooms and disused overgrown cemeteries, but she loved every second of it. She eventually published her work and was always more than happy to share her research with other genealogists as well as local historical societies. In the mid-1970s, she again served her community by volunteering a few days a week at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Newbern, Virginia.
Mary Frances has worn many hats throughout her life – daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, aunt; not to mention Voracious Reader (she was particularly fond of novels by TR Pearson who once had lunch with her and later became an email pal), Kitchen Whiz (much a recipe was better to have been tweaked by her), Crossword Puzzle Enthusiast (she could have done them in ink but why brag), British Murder Mystery Aficionado (Inspector Morse Midsomer Murders being one of her favourites), Destroyer of Weeds (the fertility of her daffodils, irises, lilies, hyacinths and peonies will attest to this) and an expert in all genealogical matters (she could and SHOULD work out the difference between a first cousin and a first cousin once removed).
She was predeceased by her parents Oliver Noel Conner and Mary Hazel Boone Conner, whom she helped care for when they each faced disheartening health issues, and by her husband of 54 years, Fred Lee Williams, whom she also cared for during the last year of her life. She was also preceded by her beloved cats Tigger, Roo, Winnie and Christopher Robin. She is survived by her daughter Mary Leigh Williams (Dublin VA), son Mark Steven Williams and wife Martha Jane Frye Williams (Pulaski VA), granddaughter Michelle Leigh Williams Radtke, husband of Michelle Jacob Andrew (Jake) Radtke, great grandsons Henry Williams Radtke and Ezra Lee Radtke (Wilmington NC), brother Noel Boone Conner (Powhatan VA) and sister Virginia Carol Conner Whittaker (Peterstown WV).
The family would like to thank the many wonderful caregivers at LewisGale Pulaski, the offices of Dr. Paul D’Amico and Dr. Owen Roberts, Intrepid Hospice, and all of the nurses at the infusion center whose sunny disposition and caring hands did the best . medicine for all.
Services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Norris-Stevens Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday before the service, at the funeral home.
The family is in the care of Norris-Stevens Funeral Services. Online condolences can be made at www.stevensfuneralhomepulaski.com