OBITUARY

Florence J. McWilliams

January 1, 1930March 5, 2018
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Surrounded by family on March 5, 2018, FLORENCE J. McWilliams (nee Rybak) of Timonium; beloved wife of 68 years to John McWilliams; loving mother of Phil McWilliams and his wife Carol, Denise Niblock and her husband David and the late Jimmy McWilliams and survived by his wife Marie; dear sister of Walter Rybak and Dolores Budzynski; cherished “grandmom” of Shannon, Drew, John, Joe, Eric, Julie, Tommy and Jay; great-grandmother of Aiden and Callie.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030 on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11am. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed in Florence’s name to the American Cancer Society, 405 Williams Court, Suite 120, Baltimore, Maryland 21220 or visit www.cancer.org.

A Guest Book is available at www.lemmonfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Joseph Rybak, Father
  • Theresa Grono, Mother
  • John McWilliams, Husband
  • Phil McWilliams, Son
  • Carol McWilliams, Daughter-in-law
  • Denise Niblock, Daughter
  • David Niblock, Son-in-law
  • Jimmy McWilliams, Son
  • Marie McWilliams, Daughter-in-law
  • Dear sister of Walter Rybak and Dolores Budzynski; cherished “grandmom” of Shannon, Drew, John, Joe, Eric, Julie, Tommy and Jay; great-grandmother of Aiden and Callie.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Interment Friday, March 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Florence J. McWilliams

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FROM THE FAMILY

Florence J. McWilliams
January 1, 1930 to March 5, 2018

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Theresa Rybak, Florence (infant), Celeste, Francis and Walter; 1930

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Rybak Family at Walter's First Communion; late 1930's

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Florence's First Communion

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Dolores Kress's First Communion, Florence's cousin

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Florence as a pre-teen

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Florence and Connie

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Florence's first year at Lodi

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Florence at age 14

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Florence at age 15

Biography

Florence Josephine Rybak McWilliams was born on January 1, 1930 at her parent’s home in Curtis Bay to Joseph and Theresa Rybak. She was the fourth of five siblings.

When she was seven years old, the family moved to East Baltimore to a large house located on Patterson Park Ave. Upon completing her early education at Holy Rosary Catholic School in East Baltimore, she started High School at The Immaculate Conception School in Lodi, NJ, with aspirations of becoming a Nun to specifically teach art. Upon the completion of her third year of high school she decided that this was not her calling in life so she returned to her parent’s home where she helped them by working in the family property management business.

On January 1, 1950 she and her future husband, John McWilliams, had their first date. It took him four dates to kiss her. Her favorite date activity was to go dancing at the Alcazar or the Blue Room at Gwynn Oak on Saturday nights….. she would try to lead. They married in September 1950 and both joined the family apartment rental business in the Patterson Park area of Baltimore. Florence and John were married for sixty-eight years at the time of her passing.

In Feb 1954, I, the first son was born and in December 1958, their second son Jimmy was born. In May 1959 the family moved from Patterson Park Ave to Springside Drive in Timonium. My mother always thought her little rancher was a palace. In September 1961, she finally had her girl, Denise and the family was now complete.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening and yard activities. She taught her children the importance of family, the Church, and how to have a giving heart. She exemplified having a serving spirit in the way she consistently helped out friends and family in need. She raised the bar for all of us.
Growing up as kids we have great memories of doing crafts for every season and holiday, especially Christmas. Our Halloween costumes were all handmade and every birthday had a creative theme made from mostly homemade decorations.

After raising her family, she became very active in painting and ceramics, especially figurine eyes. All the ceramics at the viewing are only a fraction of her work. She also liked to vacation and travel. She and my father made several trips to New England with her brother Walter and his wife Cathy. She also went on a cruise with Denise, her niece Brenda and her sister Dolores. My mother also enjoyed spending time at their trailer in Dagsboro, Delaware with family and friends.

A real low point in her life was when her son Jim died from cancer at the early age of 35. It was a totally unexpected occurrence.

She loved all of their dogs - Beauty, Tippy, Sparky, Buddy, Kelsie, and her latest love Manny.

Being a Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, she loved and treated each and every one of them with the same love and affection. She had the patience of Job and loved to teach her grandchildren how to read, write and enjoy crafts.

List of Children:
Philip McWilliams
Jimmy McWilliams
Denise (McWilliams) Niblock

List of Grandchildren:
Shannon McWilliams
Drew McWilliams
John McWilliams
Joe McWilliams
Eric McWilliams
Julie Niblock
Tommy Niblock
Jay McWilliams

List of Great Grandchildren:
Aiden McWilliams
Callie Niblock
Silas McWilliams

When John retired in 1996, she thought he became even more of a pain in the neck, however she always kept a positive attitude. Even as her health declined in her later years, she would not complain about the cards she had been dealt. During her last days in the hospital she maintained her great sense of humor. While in her hospital bed, with an illuminated oxygen sensor taped to her finger, she went digging deep in her purse for something and said “Oh look, I have a Polish flashlight”. She had a broken body but not a broken spirit.


May God bless Florence McWilliams, we all loved her and will miss her very much.