Margaret Mattison Williams
Margaret Mattison Williams
  • September 17, 1926 - January 22, 2018
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Margaret Mattison Williams died January 22, 2018. She was born on September 17, 1926, the daughter of the late Ruth Watkins Mattison and Clyde Sharp Mattison of Anderson, SC. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Jesse P. (Jack) Williams.

Mrs. Williams graduated from the Columbia City Schools, and received her BS degree from the University of South Carolina in 1946. Shortly thereafter, she became Secretary to the Dean of the USC Law School from which she retired after more than 25 years of service as Secretary/Administrative Assistant to several Deans and Interim Deans.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Columbia, and a member of several bridge and book clubs, notably The Fortnightly Book Club. She greatly enjoyed travel in the United States and abroad with her family and friends. Margaret and Jack moved to Still Hopes in 2001, and enjoyed their lives there, living closely with old and new friends whom they cherished.

Surviving are her son James Lee Williams and his wife Kim Edmiston Williams of Chapel Hill, NC; son Clyde Mattison Williams of Dronnewitz, Germany and Washington, DC; daughter Elizabeth Mobley Williams of Columbia, SC; grandchildren Caroline Scott Williams Allen and husband John Armstrong Allen of Tallahassee, FL, and Samuel Brooks Williams of Chapel Hill, NC; nieces Ruth Watkins Faison and Virginia Faison Perry, nephew John Stuart Faison, and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth Mattison Faison.

A reception for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:00 p. m. in the Still Hopes Mansion parlor.

Services will be held in the Smith Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia at 1:00 p. m. on Thursday, January 25. Private interment will follow in the Churchyard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Residents Assistance Fund at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Home, 1 Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia, SC, 29169.

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