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Myrna June (Olson) Williams of Independence, Missouri passed away at the age of 83 on Monday, December 6, 2021.
Myrna was born June 13th, 1938 to the late Gustav and Vernice (Armstrong) Olson where she was raised on a farm in Independence, Missouri. She graduated from Blue Springs High School. She went on to attend Northwest Missouri State University where she met the love of her life, Gary Williams and later married him in the home of her sister Elna (Olson) Pendleton in 1958. They made their home in Raytown, Missouri where she somehow managed raising their 3 ornery boys, Brett, Eric, and Kurt Williams and started lifelong friendships including with a group they called the “Dirty Dozen”. Myrna spent her time playing piano for the church, guiding youths in the school library, attending all of her childrens’ sporting events, camping, and building memories at her beloved cabin in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She loved people and animals alike and had a way of making all who knew her feel special. She lived for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who were her greatest source of joy. She lived a beautiful and purposeful life.
Myrna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gary Williams, sister Elna (Olson) Pendleton, sons Brett (Donna) Williams, Eric Williams, Kurt Williams; nephews Mark and Gregg Pendleton; grandchildren, Craig (Nicole) Williams, Brian (Karline) Williams, Jill (Mac) Petitjean, Ethan Williams, Audrey Williams, Reese Williams, and Lindsey Williams; great grandchildren Lucee, Sylvie, Josalynn, Bowen, Truly, and Milo. Along with many other nephews, lifelong friends and family.
A celebration of life with family and friends is planned for January 15th, 2022 from 1PM-4PM at the Raintree Lake Clubhouse 825 SW Raintree Drive Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the “Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City”, 5960 Dearborn St, Mission, KS 66202. Donations should be made in memory of Myrna June Williams.
Jennifer D Turner says
Williams Family – what a wonderful woman Myrna was!! She made everyone she met feel so special and she was so much fun! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Myrna will be missed but not forgotten. She was one of the true gems!!
The Arbuckle Family says
Myrna was always smiling & was fun to be with. Our family spent lost of time in Little League football. Good memories.
Our prayers & Love?
Tim and Colleen Swan says
What a beautiful picture of Myrna- love her smile and how her eyes light up – pure joy in her face.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is never easy to lose someone so very special.
Tim and Colleen
Toni Warren says
Dear Brett, Donna and family,
We are saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. We sure enjoyed being around your mom and dad. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I know will be truly missed. Love and hugs?
Toni and Jr Warren
NELLA LOHR says
Myrna was a wonderful friend and so thankful for the many fond memories of her. I’ll miss our trips to McDonalds for coffee and birthday celebrations with her, Gary, Ron and me. I’m sure she and Ron will be celebrating together now. RIP my sweet friend.
Lynda Younger says
Oh, kids, we drove by 54th St Grill yesterday, so many memories of us at our back booth sitting and talking for such a long time that we probably drank all the coffee they had. Will miss her terribly! Lynda Younger
Vince Basso says
Myrna & Gary Williams made Raytown such a great place to grow up for me and many more.
Love always to the Williams crew
Maggie Chase says
I am so sorry to hear of Myrna’s passing! She was a wonderful and fun person. I am sorry I had not been in touch with the family for such a long time. My love to Gary and the sons and their families!
Ruth Butler says
You have my deepest sympathy.
I was blessed to have Myrna as my childhood best friend, twelve years together growing into adulthood. O what a beautiful friend, loyal, caring, accepting, fun, silly. Cheerleaders,, in band, both playing the French horn, going to the barn with Mr. Olson feeding the cows. Wonderful journey we shared. Thanks Myrna for helping mold the foundation for becoming the best adults we could be..best friend ever, I love you RIP
Gary and family, my name is LuLu, I have done her hair for many years with her friend Carol. I have laughed and laughed with the many family stories the 2 of them would tell me. She was a very fun , happy and truly loved loved her family . My deepest sympathies ?? LuLu Brown
Lucy Markham says
Such a beautiful picture of Myrna! That’s the way I will always remember her with that happy smile on her face!
I always admired her fun loving personality and the love she had for you
Gary and the boys. She was definitely a people person and wanted to know about what was happening in other people’s families. She will be missed by me and many others I’m sure! Rest In Peace dear friend! ??
Lucy Markham says
Don’t know why there are 2 question marks at the end of my above message.
I must have hit the wrong key because
I put a heart there! Sorry!!!!