Wagener – Mrs. Mary Nettie Williams Brown, 89, entered into rest Sunday September 19, 2021.
Mrs. Mary is the mother of Thomas “Tommy” Elton Brown, III and his fiancé Leesa Peters, Timothy “Tim” Allen Brown, and Anne Linder and her husband Willie. She is the grandmother of Melanie Renea Mitchell, Robert Mark Bullard, Jr. and his wife Sonal, Laura Anne Wise, Robert Lawrence Wise and his wife Mary Catherine, and Josh David Ryder.
Mrs. Mary is the wife of the late Thomas Elton Brown, Jr. They were married for 58 years until his passing in 2012. She is the daughter of the late Robert Lawrence Williams and the late Madeline Cook Williams. After her father passed away, her mother remarried to Fredrick Barney Williams who raised Mrs. Mary. She is the last living sibling of ten. Her siblings are Robert Lawrence Williams, Jr., Bonnelle W. Gantt, Lorriane W. Adams, Howard Joseph Williams, Jasper Cook Williams, LeMerle “Bill” Williams, Madelyn Hutto, unnamed baby girl, and baby boy Barney Gene Williams.
Mrs. Mary graduated from Columbia Hospital with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1953. She continuously furthered her education and used her knowledge to teach others. She went to Harvard University in the 1970’s to learn about cardiac care, specifically the balloon pump. After her courses at Harvard, she returned to Providence Hospital to teach the doctors, nurses, and staff. Mrs. Mary was the President of the South Carolina Heart Association in 1975. She was the Critical Care Coordinator at Providence Hospital from the late 1970’s to 1985. She was instrumental in starting the Columbia Food Bank. Mrs. Mary and Mr. Tom opened Pelion Eldercare in 1990 and Perry Eldercare in 1999. With the help of their son Tim and their daughter Anne, they served the elderly community for 27 years. She was a registered nurse for 64 years. Mrs. Mary is a member of First Baptist Church Wagener.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Epworth Children’s Hospital.
A Memorial Service is being planned.
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