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Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams, 100 of Richmond, passed away Saturday evening Dec. 8, 2007 at the Shirkey Nursing and Rehab Center in Richmond.
Malinda was born Nov. 11, 1907 in Richmond, the daughter of Pearl and Ora Lee (Lyles) Martin. In 1935 she married Richard Vernon Williams who preceded her in death Sept. 26, 1986.
“Mama Lindy,” as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was a life-long resident of Richmond. A homemaker, she had also been employed by Ray County Hospital, Lake City Remington Arms, and was a caretaker and babysitter. She raised five children and was a foster parent. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, spending time with her family and also being a part of her church. She was a 90-year member of St. John CME Church where she served as stewardess, missionary and also as treasurer of various committees. She had the honor of being the oldest living member of the church at the time of her death.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard Williams and his wife, Alice, of Richmond, Charles Williams and his wife, Emma, of Richmond, and Robert Williams of Richmond; two daughters and one son-in-law, Margaret Grayson and her husband, Delbert, of Wood Heights, and Marilyn Joyce Williams of Kansas City; one foster daughter, Toshia Mizner of Columbia; one sister, Anna Dawson of Richmond; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two nieces.
In addition to her husband, Richard, her parents and two sisters preceded her in death.
The family has suggested memorials to the St. John CME Church building fund.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the St. John CME Church in Richmond. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Richmond Memory Gardens.
Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home in Richmond.

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