Dr. Mary-Jo Williams, a beloved and caring individual, passed away on July 22, 2023, after bravely battling cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Easton Powell, and her brother, Dick, survived by his wife, Sue. Dr. Williams is survived by her cherished husband of 51 years, Dr. Lowell Williams, as well as her brothers and sisters-in-law McKay Williams (Nancy), Carol Williams, Lee Hauk (Dave), along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and former colleagues.

Throughout her life, Mary-Jo’s love encompassed friends, music, bridge, horses, and fast cars. In her younger years, she garnered attention as Miss Eskimo and Miss Grey Cup in 1960. Additionally, Mary-Jo was a talented violinist who played with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra and shared memorable moments riding alongside her father in the Edmonton Sherriff’s Posse.

After completing her BA degree in English at the University of Alberta, Mary-Jo taught in the Edmonton Public School system and DND schools abroad. Subsequently, she joined The Alberta Teachers’ Association, where she served as a staff officer in professional development, eventually becoming the coordinator of the department—a pioneering accomplishment as the first woman to hold that position. During her tenure, she pursued her passion for education further and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta during a sabbatical.

Following an impressive 27-year career with the Association, Mary-Jo retired alongside her husband, Lowell. They embraced the lifestyle of snowbirds, exploring various warm destinations, until ultimately settling in Palm Desert for the winter months, where they built lasting friendships. Mary-Jo’s cherished words, “When all is said and done, it’s the people I will remember most,” truly epitomize her outlook on life.

The family and friends extend their heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff at the Roozen Family Hospice Centre, whose loving care supported Mary-Jo during her final weeks. In accordance with her wishes, Mary-Jo was cremated, and a memorial service will not be held. Her final resting place will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pilgrim’s Hospice Society. To sign the book of condolences, please visit http://www.evergreenmemorial.com.

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