Mary L. Williams was born October 4, 1929 in Sledge, Mississippi to the union of late Beatrice and William Hogan. Mary married Mitchell Harper in Arkansas and to their union four sons was born, William Edward, Earl, Robert Charles and Larry James.
Mary moved from Tennessee in 1950 to Michigan City with Mitchell and their four sons. Mitchell Harper preceded her in death in 1972.
Mary later remarried, Irving Williams on November 27, 1981 in Michigan City, Indiana. Mr. Williams preceded her in death on April 26, 2010.
She was baptized at an early age. Mary’s greatest accomplishments were when she received Jesus Christ as her personal and savior. Since that time her life has been living to please God “To God be the Glory”. Mary was a faithful member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. R. T. Shipp and for pastor, Rev. Eddie L. Jenkins until her health began to fail. Mary was a Sunday School Teacher, she served on the mother’s ministry, missionary and matriarch department and she was a member of the choir.
Mary owned and operated her own beauty shop for 15 years. She worked at the Swanson Center as a caregiver and she later retired from Woodview Nursing Home in 1983.
On November 20, 1996, she received the community award for dedicated service to the people of LaPorte County the Swanson Center.
Mary L. Williams departed this life on September 6, 2020 at Aperion Care Arbor’s of Michigan City. She was preceded in death by her two sons, William Harper and Robert Harper and one brother, John Gipson.
Mary leaves to cherish her fond memories, two sons, Earl Harper of South Bend, Indiana and Larry Harper of Michigan City, Indiana; one sister, Susie Lawson of Michigan City, Indiana; six grandchildren, Caree Harper, Lashawn Steward, Aaron Harper, Reggie Harper, Brandon Harper and Alexys Harper; four great grandchildren, Jayden Lamar, Delvonte`, Derrick and Decora; one niece Anita Scott; three nephews, Will, Dennis, and Tim Fants and a host of great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be 11am, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Coleman & Hicks Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Gaston to give the eulogy. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Viewing will be 10am, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Coleman & Hicks Chapel until the time of service. The CDC guidelines are required with social distancing and facial masks are mandated to be worn.
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