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Mary Alice Williams
(May 8, 1929 - February 26, 2014)

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Mary Alice Williams

MARY ALICE (GOMEAU) WILLIAMS, of 116 Commercial St. Adams, MA died Wednesday February 26, 2014 at North Adams Regional Hospital. She was born in North Adams, MA on May 8, 1929, a daughter of the late William T. Gomeau Sr. and Alice M. (Howland) Gomeau. She attended local schools and graduated from the Drury High School with the class of 1946. Mary was employed by the City of North Adams School Department from 1962 until 1993. She was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Dr. George L. Curran Post #996 VFW in North Adams and was the past District President of the Berkshire County District #9 VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Mary also was the deputy representative for the Department of Massachusetts Ladies VFW Auxiliary VAVS in Northampton. She was a longtime member of the Frank R. Stiles Post #125 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of the former Mountain Chapter #137 Order of the Eastern Star. Mary also served on the City of North Adams Retirement Board. She was the widow of Franklin A. "Sonny" Williams, who died on May 25, 2003. They were married on June 7, 1947 in St. Francis Church Rectory. Survivors include three daughters including Patricia A. Folino and her husband, Lawrence of Cheshire; Kathleen G. "Kate" Harrington and her husband, Marshal of Cheshire; and Minetta M. Strauser and her husband, John of Adams One son- Richard F. Williams and his partner, Deborah DeGreave of Adams She also leaves her grandchildren including Robert J. Burridge and his wife, Sabine; Colby R. Harrington and his partner, Melissa Marsh; Sherri L. Gordon and her husband, Mitchell; Lisa I. Williams and her partner, Travis Moran; Alexander R. Stauser; Bryan R. Folino and his wife, Lisa; Bonnie L. Whitney and her husband, Christopher and Vicki J. Monday. Her great grandchildren including Joseph, Cassandra, Steven, Caleb, Carson, Kayla, Sydney, Ethan, Kendall, Kayla, Jessica, Kyle, Britney, Steven, and Matthew. Her great great grandson- Sandro Her Sister- Peggy A. Bertoli and her husband, George of Port Orange, FL; Her half sisters- Susan Blay of Arlington, VT and Yasmine Sarkis of North Adams; Her sisters in law- Joan Gomeau and Margaret Paradise; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great grandnieces and great grandnephews; her two former daughters in law- Helen Roberts and Marian Rennell with whom she remained very close; and her two very special friends Mary E. Risch and Johanna Risch. She was predeceased by her brother William T. Gomeau Jr. and her great grandson- Ian Richard Lemaire FUNERAL NOTICE: The Funeral for Mary Williams will be Monday March 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521West Main St. North Adams. Burial will follow in Bellevue cemetery in Adams. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 2-6 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to POP Cares or to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #996 earmarked for cancer aid and research program in care of the funeral home. To send flowers, a gift basket, card or message, please visit


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