OBITUARY

Marian Maresh Williams

November 10, 1944April 6, 2021

Marian Maresh Williams, 76, of Houston, Texas, passed April 6, 2021.

Marian was born to Jerry and Nena Maresh, November 10,1944, in Houston, Tx. She graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in Houston. She married Jerry Dean Williams in 1969, and they lived together in Pearland, Tx for over 40 years. Together they raised three children.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives: Michael and Liz Williams of League City, TX, Steven and Jennifer Williams of Missouri City, TX, and Mark and Ellen Williams of Tomball, TX. She also leaves behind her cherished five grandchildren (Chance Williams and his wife Bianca, Colton Williams, Seth Williams, Caleb Williams and Camdyn Williams) three step- grandchildren ( Tim Purnell, Ilyia Pena, and Kasey Doucet) three great-grand children (Alijah Williams, Aiden Williams and Averie Williams) and five step great-grandchildren: Adam Purnell Gracie Purnell, Justice Pena, Corban Pena, Cadence Pena

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Jerry Williams, her parents Jerry and Nena Maresh, and her brother Jerry Maresh Jr.

Marian worked as a Registrar at CJ Harris Elementary for many years. Her hobbies and interests were truly centered around her family and friends. She enjoyed watching her grandkids play various sports and enjoyed just making the time to be with them at every opportunity. Her unconditional love was anchored around her desire to serve her family through babysitting, hosting Christmas dinner (with a lot of presents) or finding any reason to spoil the grandkids/great-grand kids. This love was manifested by loving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and dedicating her life in being a true servant. She adhered to her Christian principles all the days of her life. In addition, her servant heart produced an ongoing act of assisting and helping church friends, CJ Harris friends or even an acquaintance that eventually became a friend. It was her Godly heart that made her kind, gentle and loving to everyone she met.

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 5pm-8pm at Watters Road Church of Christ in Pasadena, Texas. Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 10am at Watters Road Church of Christ followed by a graveside service at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston,Tx. The family wishes memorial donations be made to Watters Road Church of Christ Hazelip Scholarship Fund. The family would like to thank all of her friends for loving on our Mom all these years.

Services

  • Visitation @ Watters Road Church of Christ

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Celebration of LIfe

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

Memories

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Navraj Dhanjal

April 14, 2021

I met Ms Williams when I was registering my daughter at CJ Harris. She was by the book and tough on us, but eventually my daughter got admitted. A few years later I met both Mr and Mrs Williams due to an insurance policy they had purchased and recognized her right away. At that time I had a client who was in need of rides to work, and Mrs Willliams stepped in and made arrangements to assist her. Mrs Williams had a heart of gold and was willing and ready to help if she could. We will miss her dearly.

Larraine Cathey

April 14, 2021

Sweet Marian has gone on to be with the Lord in her forever home. I know she has left a ton of sweet memories for her friends and especially her boys and grandchildren to hold onto. Her love and compassion for others was so genuine.
I clearly remember meeting Marian at church in the nursery, often referred to as the cry room. We had recently delivered our babies, her third and my first, on a Sunday morning within an hour and a half of each other. A third baby from another church member was also born that very morning within that time frame. I heard it created quite a stir when announced that morning at Sun Valley Church of Christ. Though a lot of time has passed since raising our children, Marian has remained that beautiful woman who truly cared about you and her church family. What a blessing she has been to all who were fortunate to get to know her.

LAURA HELFRICH

April 14, 2021

I've known Marian as a neighbor since 1971. She was around a lot of my early childhood and during school at CJ Harris Elementary. Her dedication to children was endearing. She got to see my son go there so many years later. She loved so many people. We reconnected at a doctor's office visit when I took my mother there. She was with her beloved husband Jerry. She was so giving of herself.
Then we met up again not long after, while we were all being evacuated together due to severe flooding from hurricane Harvey. This was the most traumatic time. During this she cared for others still, not wanting to be a burden. It was heartbreaking that Jerry died then. I have no adequate words. She will be missed by so many people. I'm sure that she's hanging out with her family and God.

Diane Bauers

April 13, 2021

So many wonderful memories of Marian. She has been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. She became my kids "fake grandma" AKA Nena. Babies and animals loved her! She would lay them on their back in her lap while she talked sweetly, moving their little arms and legs around nonchalantly, singing. They became mesmerized and perfectly content. We could always count on Nena to bring the loudest, most fun birthday gifts. I always knew who to call when we couldn't find my mom. The two of them would shop many hours for those grandbabies.
She was absolutely the sweetest, most loving, non judgmental friend we could have ever had. A true angel. I'm so thankful she and I spent a wonderful day together not long ago. You will be dearly missed, sweet Marian. ❤

Mark McKinney

April 13, 2021

I had the privilege of working with both Marian and Jerry. Marian at CJ Harris as I moved from working with high schoolers to the little ones. Marian was always helpful as I messed up, while I figured it out. I worked with Jerry at Transportation. They were both wonderful people. It was impossible to have a bad day around Marian, because she was always so happy.

Julieann Aiken

April 13, 2021

I met Marian about 26 years ago when my oldest son started CJ Harris. Then I worked with her for 7 years and we lived in the same neighborhood until Hurricane Harvey. She was always helpful and happy-go-lucky. The sweetest person always smiling. You will be missed. Love you lady🥰








Nola Matlock

April 13, 2021

Marian and I have been friends for over 40 years. We worked together at CJ Harris for 28 years for her and 36 years for me, and we retired together in 2010. We were involved with each other’s family and friends and we spent every second of time we could with our grandkids, making many fond memories. We did all kinds of things with them every chance we had. We shopped all the time starting around noon and shopping until 2:00 a.m. Of course, we stopped at a park or parking lot and took a nap in able to keep going. As we got older and only shopped for a couple of hours, we still took quick naps. Lol. I drove and she navigated. She was my rock when Kelley was sick and when she and Chris passed away. We always said we were sisters because we argued in a store one day and the clerk said we must be sisters and we told her we were. After that, Marian would say, “Let’s act mad, and get them going.” We did that to our friend, Ruth H., one time and she never forgot it. I could go on for days about our escapades, but, I won’t. She was a Godly woman who would help anyone she could. She was sweet, funny as heck, and a beautiful soul!! I will miss her so very much. I love you, my sister/friend and I will see you before long. I know you are happy with Jerry and your loved ones and my Kelley and Chris.

Trevor & Pauline Williams

April 13, 2021

We well remember this Williams family sharing with our American counterpart Williams family. It all seems a long time ago now that our boys went to the other Williams house staying there, going to school, being American even Texan for a short while. That event helped to mold the lives of our children, particluarly Phil who seems to welcome everyone around into his home. Both Phil and Matthew now live in Australia but I believe that by having the chance to be with us in the States reporting about our work for The Lord here in England,that they saw the world in a much bigger way - Thank you to all who helped us. 'I was a stranger and you took me in'.
Thank you Marian for your kind thoughts, gracious deeds and encouragement for us.
Rest in the arms of Jesus.

Debbie Drews

April 13, 2021

I enjoyed working with Marian Williams when I worked at C. J. Harris elementary school.
She always asked about one of my sisters where they attended Incarnate Word school together.
Marian truly was a caring soul and we always talked about my two kids and her grand kids.
I will always remember her caring nature.

Debbie Drews

Candy Ivey

April 12, 2021

I was Marian’s neighbor for 15 years and was fortunate enough to work with her at CJHarris for 7 years. She was one of the most loving souls I’d ever met. She will be greatly missed but I know she ran straight to Jerry as soon as she got to Heaven’s gate. Love you bunches Ms Marian!!

FROM THE FAMILY