Marilyn Ann Williams
September 25, 1956 – October 8, 2021
Marilyn Ann Williams, age 65, of Texarkana, Texas passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021. Marilyn was born September 25, 1956 in Atlanta, Texas. She worked 14 years at Grand Canyon National Park as a Mule Wrangler. She was preceded in death by her father Charlton McDonald, a granddaughter Micah Raeanne Lummus and a sister Bessie Marie Lawrence.
Survivors include her mother; Betty Newkirk Weise; 2 daughters and sons-in-law; Stephanie and Jeff Lummus and Rebecca and Tommy DeVasier and a son and daughter-in-law; Gerald and Sarah Williams.
Also left to cherish her memory is her sister Becky Bell and brother and sister-in-law; Charlie and Sharon McDonald and her 5 grandchildren; Colton Quillin and Ashton Stevens, Wesley Quillin, Reagan Wright, Kirbi Wright and Meredith DeVasier and special friends David and Freda Rodriguez, Sherry Baker and Yvonne Schwindt.
Memorial Services are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane with Randy Williams officiating.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.eastfuneralhomes.com for the Williams family.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Marilyn Ann Williams
October 12, 2021
Oh ...where to start. Sooooo many memories. I would have never guessed that day a group of riders stopped at my gate and asked if I wanted to ride with them to Hickory Nut Mt, that I was meeting one of the greatest friends of my life. We rode every weekend.... whether it was there on the roads around her house, in the mountains of Arkansas or an organized trail ride somewhere....we were riding. We had a horrible winter one year and after two weeks couped up, she called me. "Paula and I are riding to hickory nut. How soon can you be saddled?". We had the best time....bundled up in our coveralls, snow still falling...us all laughing. Our horses were acting as goofy as we were and we didn't care. That is how I remember her, laughing, on horseback with snow in her hair.
October 11, 2021
Marilyn was a great person I remember when she and Randy were dating or just married...they had a van and would come through where I worked at Bill's Circle Inn alot ...which was like 48 years ago 😅...and then our last talk she had some health concerns but still her wonderful self....and in between she was a great person....love you kids Pam
October 11, 2021
There are no words that can describe the impact this fearless woman had on my life. I have so many memories, too many to share. But one stands out the most- to many this wouldn’t seem like it should, but it does. Looking back it was a theme in her life. Nothing really came easy, she had to work and fight for it all. And her dreams of horses and mule wrangling in the Canyon put her right in the middle of industries that were dominated by men. Back in the 80s and 90s, those were big barriers for a woman in a hard line of work. But back to my memory, you will see where I’m going in a minute. I was with her for the day for some reason I don’t recall and she was taking her truck to the dealership because something needed to be fixed on it. It was a white extended cab pickup truck; the nicest I had ever ridden in. I was too young to understand what “under warranty” meant, but not too young to understand that she was not leaving until they fixed what was wrong with her truck and they weren’t going to charge her a dime for it. “She’s so cool,” I thought. I had seen that tiny woman break horses, clean stalls, and throw square bales of hay. That Aunt Marilyn was tough as they come. But this Aunt Marilyn, she was standing up for herself against a man who wasn’t holding up his end of a bargain and she was my hero that day. I still remember driving back toward Atlanta that afternoon, sitting in the front seat beside her. My cousins may have been with us because we were always together. I don’t remember. I only remember her…I love you Aunt Marilyn.