Mary Ann Williams

Mary Ann Williams, age 75, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, May 8, 2020, at Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Discovery Church in Yankton with Pastor Cory Kitch officiating. The funeral will be live streamed online at  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers will be Steve Stuen, Mark Rausch, John Yaggie, Jason Winterringer, Gerald Rempfer and Tim Starr.

Mary Ann Williams was born April 19, 1945, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Lloyd and Alveria (Biesman) Coulson. She attended Willowdale and Utica Grove schools. At the age of ten her dad died and Mary took over helping raising her brother and sister. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1963. She then went to Sioux Falls to attend Nettleton Commercial College for Secretarial courses. She returned to Yankton and worked for Human Services Center in the rehab department. On September 17, 1965, she married Ken Williams and they moved to Sioux Falls where Ken worked for Northern States Power Company for 13 years. Mary worked at Morrels in the office. They then moved to Monticello, Minnesota for one and a half years and then back to Sioux Falls. They moved to Yankton to take care of Ken’s dad after his heart surgery. Mary worked at First Bankcard Center for 22 years.

Mary was a devoted and caring wife, caring for Ken after he was disabled. Mary enjoyed traveling and camping in God’s beautiful creation. She was a member of Discovery Church in Yankton, where she enjoyed attending bible studies, socializing and playing cards with the church ladies. Her belief in God also took her on mission trips to both the Ukraine and the Virgin Islands.

Survivors include her two sons: Bradley (Michelle Wysuph) Williams of Piedmont, South Dakota and Brian (Stephanie) Williams of Black Hawk, South Dakota; grandson, Axel; brother, Steve (Connie) Stuen of Yankton; two sisters: Judy Shelburg of Yankton and Donna (Mark) Rausch of Yankton; brother-in-law, Cliff (Lindy) Williams of Irene, South Dakota; two sisters-in-law: Dee Williams of Mission Hill, South Dakota and Lorie Coulson of Longmont, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ken Williams on December 8, 2019; brother, David; and brother-in-law, Keith.



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17 response to "Mary Ann Williams"

  1. By: Terry and Jean Turner Posted: May 9, 2020

    My sympathies to you Brad and Brian and your family. Mary was a good friend of mine for all the years we worked together and beyond. I will miss her friendship so much. My heart hurts with the loss of this friend in my life.

  2. By: Don Cain Posted: May 10, 2020

    Brad & Brian,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother and especially so soon after Kenny passed away. We first met them back in 1967 and enjoyed many great experiences throughout the years. Great people like the Williams are hard to find.
    Don Cain

  3. By: Dan and Kathy Carlson Posted: May 11, 2020

    Brad and Brian – we are so sorry to hear about your mom. We first met your mom and dad when we were neighbors to them in 1970. Wonderful people.
    We are never quite ready to say ‘bye for now’ but we know we can cherish our loved ones in our minds and hearts forever. Take care.

  4. By: Fran Jobes Stachour Posted: May 11, 2020

    I am so sorry to learn about Mary Ann’s passing. I was in the Yankton HS class of ’63 with her. Haven’t seen her in quite a while, but it is always sad to hear that someone you knew is now gone. Enjoy the many years of wonderful memories. I pray that the God of love will wrap you in his arms and give you comfort.

  5. By: Bill Marti Posted: May 11, 2020

    Mary was a faithful servant of mine at CBC and a good friend. She has rejoined Ken in the presence of Jesus. Praise God for His provision through Jesus Christ.

  6. By: Annette Hoogendoorn Posted: May 11, 2020

    Sympathies to Brad and Brian and your families! Mary was much loved by me and a great friend to me. Miss your Mom and Dad as I have known them for 18+ years we have lived near Yankton. God’s grace go with you as you go forth.

  7. By: Dallas Risling Posted: May 11, 2020

    Sending my sympathy to Brad & Brian and their families on the loss of your mother. Mary Ann was a classmate at YHS. Always a very pleasant person. RIP Mary Ann.

  8. By: Nancy Wenande Posted: May 12, 2020

    We send our heartfelt sympathy to you, Brad and Brian, and your families. I can’t imagine the grief you are feeling but please know your friends are here to support you. Your mom and dad raised some good men who are making their own impact on the world. Much love being sent your way.

  9. By: Larry and Wanda Freng Posted: May 12, 2020

    Brad and Brian and families, So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a special lady with always a smile on her face along with a little giggle. We have many fond memories of Ken and Mary. Sorry we could not be there with you. God bless.

  10. By: Doreen Meyers Posted: May 12, 2020

    Brad and Brian and your families. I met Mary April 1st 1985 and we have been friends to this day. I will miss her dearly. She was friend, confidant and a rock in any storm. May she be at peace. Her deep belief in God is her comfort. I will see you again friend. All my sympathy.

  11. By: Eileen Bramer Posted: May 12, 2020

    Mary was a good friend. She always had time to talk and listen. She cared about others. We went to the Ukraine togehter in 2007. You have lost a lot.

  12. By: Ed and Carolyne Armstrong Posted: May 13, 2020

    Carolyne and I were able to reconnect with cousin Kenny Ray & Mary a few years back. They were very special to us and we will miss them. We were able to work on our Family Tree to connect many of the dots. We are sorry for your loss. We will be watching the service online from here in Idaho.

  13. By: Allen and Else Biesman Posted: May 13, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. She was my cousin, three years older than me, and I mostly remember her from when we were little kids and I thought she was so old compared to me – of course, this was when I was five and she was eight. We would see her and David at Grandma Biesman’s which was always a wonderful time. When my family moved to Rapid City in 1953 we saw our cousins less and less, but I still remember those times well. In later years, after we moved back to Rapid City, we would often see Mary Ann and Ken at my mother’s (Mary Lou Biesman) house. She would always call us whenever they visited her and we would gather at Mom’s house. Mary Ann and Ken were wonderful people and will be missed.

  14. By: Joe Hockhausen Posted: May 13, 2020

    So sorry for your loss.

  15. By: Marcia Matson Posted: May 13, 2020

    My sympathies to Mary‘s family. She was a good friend and I will miss our conversations.

  16. By: Dave and Sheryl Rehurek Posted: May 15, 2020

    Brad, Brian, and families,
    Our prayers and sympathy are with you all during this time of your loss. Mary was a very special, strong, and caring woman. I first met Ken and Mary along with Keith and Dee way back during the days of the 4 wheeling club. We had great times tearing around in the sand dunes. Some of my fondest memories of were of Ken, Keith, and I competing in the off-road races in “The General” Scout truck. Cherish those memories of your parents and make new ones with your own families. God Bless! . .

  17. By: Linda S Nickles Posted: May 15, 2020

    The first I met your parents was after church at Calvary Baptist one sunday when Gerald and Peg Rempfer invited me to breakfast and your parents were with them.. I instantly loved talking to Mary. After that I enjoyed visiting with her at church and when we would do things together there. Much visiting and much laughter. My condolences to the family, Mary was much loved. Hugs, prayers and love

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