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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Myrna R. Williams

April 26, 1942March 10, 2020
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A Mother’s love reaches far beyond circumstances and feelings… It sees past flaws and imperfection … And celebrates God’s gift of love, sent from heaven in the form of a Child. Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28 Our dear Myrna Rita Williams, also known as Mommy, Nana, Aunt Myrna, Auntie Rita, Cool Myrn, Pasquanna, the life of the party and Artie’s Rose in Spanish Harlem passed away on March 10, 2020. Our “Rose” was born on April 26, 1942 to David and Leardis Johnson in Waycross, Georgia. She spent most of her young life in Detroit and New York and graduated from Commercial High School in Manhattan, NY. She worked for Citibank for over 30 years and retired in 1999. Myrna Rita and Artie first dated with their best friends at the Penn Relays. She fell in love with him and his close-knit family which was most important to her. They married in 1964 and shared 46 beautiful years of marriage until his death in 2010. They had their only daughter Lisa in 1966 , loved parenting and loved grandparenting even more. The nickname Nana is a testament to her life as a “Nana” to all. Artie and Rita (as he called her) retired at 50 and 55 years old and enjoyed many wonderful years helping with their grandchildren Brendon and Chris, their pride and joy. They relocated to Georgia to be only five miles away and dedicated their lives to sporting practices and events, traveling frequently and living for family and friends. Myrna continued her love for travel as a widow and also enjoyed working out and many activities at St. Ann’s church including the WHO group, bowling and making baptismal gowns. Myrna laid to rest her loving husband Arthur C. Williams and her brother James Johnson. She is remembered by her daughter and family Romell, Lisa, Brendon and Christopher Ashby, her sister Ola Walker, her two brothers Tyrone Stewart and Lionel “Skip” Stewart, and her 95-year-old mother, Leardis Wingfield. She loved and embraced all her immediate and extended family and friends. They are all family. Myrna Rita represented strength, love, commitment and the biggest smile no matter what. She loved to party and she will be celebrated on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Catholic Church of St. Ann at 2:00 PM. If you would like to make a donation the family asks you to consider a donation to the St. Ann’s “Opening the Doors of Tomorrow” fund by visiting https://st-ann.org/opening-doors With loving thoughts and memories always…

Services

  • Memorial Mass Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Nyles Stuart

March 20, 2020

As "Nana" Williams' personal trainer, I'd always look forward to working with her each week because she was always a bright spot in my day. There is not one moment that can summarize the joy I received from each training session because she always saw the good side of everything. My favorite memories of her was her warm smile and love for music. She was one of a kind, that is and was always happy with natural charisma & positive energy. Each session I would try to capture a part of her and take it with me where ever I go, hoping that just how she brightened my day, I could brighten others. Thank you Nana for showing me that real meaning of life.

Nyles Stuart

Debra Nichols

March 19, 2020

My Love and Condolences to : Lisa, Romell, Brandon ,Chris ,Ola, Tyrone, Skip and Aunt Leardis.

Ive Known Myrna/Rita since I was a girl of about 11, When Brother (Artie) first brought her to our family to Love. I idolized her as the epitome of charm and grace. I loved her for the strength of her love for my cousin and for her acceptance of the youngest in the family (me). Even after Arthurs death she remained the Matriarch of our little Georgia family.
She never failed to reach out to me on birthdays, holidays and whenever she felt the need. Her warmth and love will be sorely missed. I love you Myrna...
Debbie

Janice Mills

March 19, 2020

Approximately 21 years ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting our beautiful and beloved “Nana Myrna”, through her daughter Lisa, my dear/sweet
friend. Meeting Nana, Poppa, Romell, Lisa, Bren & Chris was unequivocally love at first sight. Through their warm smiles, hugs & kisses, you instantly became family and Nana was at the core. She possessed a soothing and personable disposition that drew you into the most memorable conversations. A loving caring, nurturing figure-my “classy sassy Nana/girl-friend” ..you are greatly, greatly missed. Our birthdays are coming up soon, I will forever cherish our special 2019 birthday lunch. Rest in sweet & perfect peace my Angel, Gods sheltering arms is now your blanket of comfort..until we meet again....you are LOVED & MISSED!!.

Jan Mills & family xoxoxo🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️

Barbara McLoughlin

March 17, 2020

Nana is a beautiful woman inside and out, filled with grace and love. She always knew just the right thing to say, no matter the situation, to put a smile on your face. She made you feel loved, never judged, and always special. When you hear the expression "Saints all around us", they're speaking about Nana.
Our heartfelt condolences with love and prayers to our dear friends Lisa, Ramel, Brendon and Chris
xoxoxoxo

Kimberly Payne

March 14, 2020

I met Nana and family through my Mom who met Nana at Church. I heard about this family who adopted my Mom as their own and wondered who is this family. I later met Lisa and Rommel walking at the river. We then all participated in a 5k that Nana came to and since then we have been family. My favorite story is introducing my fiancé to my Mom and Nana and family at the Loco Glow 5k. While we were running Nana hung with Derrick for the 3 miles and wouldn’t you know it gave the first approval of our relationship. Nana will be truly missed as we celebrate our nuptials soon but will always be apart of our love.

Littie Brown

March 14, 2020

Lisa I am praying for you and your family during this time of loss. From the photo to the words that have been expressed, you are your mother's daughter. As your LC'18 classmate, know that I am here, thinking about you and praying for you as life will be different in the days ahead. But more importantly know that God's loving arms are there to keep you as He welcomes her into His arms.
Sincerely,
Littie

Kelly Berrios

March 14, 2020

Keep rolling those 🎲 🎲 & playing the Slots
Nana 😊❤️😘

Alexander Joseph Wilamowski

March 14, 2020

My sincere condolences to Lisa, Romell, Brendon and Chris for the loss of such a great lady. When love is deep, the loss is profound.

Myrna was love and joy and she freely extended that to all she encountered. I shall never forget her warm welcoming spirit that blessed you with her smile and her goodness. She will be greatly missed by many.

Fly high, Myrna, into the arms of God who created you. May the saints and martyrs come to greet you and may you forever rest in peace. You leave behind a legacy of love.

Alex



Kelly Berrios

March 14, 2020

Nana, I will miss you & your laugh & your smile.
Always young at heart with such a wonderful spirit & energy for Life & Living & Enjoying Life.

Your’s was indeed a Life well Lived & to be celebrated.

❤️😘

Kelly

Terra Berthau

March 14, 2020

Lisa and Romell, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love You Both, Terra

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