Mary Josephine Williams, 86, of Galveston, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 1, 1927, in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School. Mary Jo received her associate’s degree from Mary Hardin Baylor College. She took pride in caring for her family and was a loving mother and a doting grandmother and great grandmother. Mary Jo spent countless hours playing on the floor with her granddaughters when they were little, and most recently spent time playing with small cars on the floor with her great grandson.
Mary Jo loved traveling, and did so extensively, enjoying trips to California, Las Vegas, Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington DC, and many other states. Two highlights were visits to Croatia and Germany, the birth lands of her parents. She also had a lifelong love of fishing. Her last deep sea fishing trip was at age 84, where she caught her limit of Red Snapper. Mary Jo fileted fish with the expert hands of a great surgeon. She was a woman of many and varied interests, from walking on the beach hunting for sand dollars, to playing slot machines and craps, to watching ice skating and Judge Judy on TV. She also enjoyed talking on the phone with cousins, Anna Marie and Lynn, and friends, Betty and Sydonia. Mary Jo was a member of Sacred Heart Church and served as a volunteer with the Grand Opera House in the 1990’s. She had a special loving heart for pets.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John H. Williams, Jr.; parents, Josephine and John Vlastelica; infant daughter, Patricia Judith Williams; and sisters, Rosalee Vlastelica and Frances Russo.
She is survived by her son, Johnny Williams and wife, June; daughter, Rosalee Mierzwa and husband, Michael; granddaughters, Jillian and Shannon Williams; and great grandson, Justin.
Mary Jo’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 21st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will conclude the evening at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 22nd, at Sacred Heart Church with Father EJ Stein, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Williams, Michael Mierzwa, Colin Tuxen, Patrick Lemire, Jim Marigliano, Rob Richardson, and Nick Gutierrez.