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Mary G. Williams

Mary G. Williams, age 90, of Philip, died Tuesday morning, December 6, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 11, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m., all at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian burial was Monday, Dec. 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music was provided by JoAnne Stilwell, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Pallbearers were Jack, Tom, Don, Mike, Bruce and Galo Williams. Ushers were Jasper Williams, Chase Sanftner and Cory Williams.

Mary G. Stroppel was born in her grandparents' log cabin near Powell, SD, the daughter of John J. and Violet M. (Miller) Stroppel. Her grandfather was one of the first homesteaders in the Powell area.

Mary grew up on her parents' homestead near Powell and received her elementary education in Powell. She then attended Mount Marty High School in Yankton before graduating from Spearfish High School. After graduation, she obtained her teaching certificate from Spearfish Normal and began her teaching career.

Mary was united in marriage to Robert Theodore "Ted" Williams on June 10, 1944, at Midland, SD. They made their home in Philip for two years before moving into Powell. While in Powell, she operated the post office from her home and they also operated a ranch near there. In 1955, they moved back to Philip to their present location, where they have since resided.

Mary continued her teaching career and taught in Haakon, Jackson, and Jones counties for 22 years before retiring.

Mary operated the Star Route between Philip and Midland until retiring in 1997. After her husband's death on September 21, 1997, she continued to reside in Philip.

Mary was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Tribe 7 of the Evening Guild. She was a member of the Bad River Senior Citizens and a former member of the Retired Teachers Association.

Grateful for having shared her life include her daughter, Suzanne Lewison and her husband, Larry, of Hurley, SD; six sons, Jack Williams and his wife, Kathy, of Billings, MT, Tom Williams of Philip, Don Williams and his wife, Peggy, of Rapid City, Mike Williams of Philip, Bruce Williams of Sioux Falls, Galo Williams and his wife, Sheryl, of Gridley, CA; a step-daughter-in-law, Kay Williams of Philip; eight grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren; one brother, George Stroppel and his wife, Alice, of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Ted, Mary was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren; her parents; two step-sons, Robert Dean Williams and Dick Williams; two brothers, Jack and Galo Stroppel; a sister, Helen Schofield; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Williams.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of the arrangements.