Mary L. Williams


Mary L. Williams, 89, of 44 Stacey Lane, Middleburg, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, while a guest at Emmanuel Center for Nursing in Danville, where she resided since May, 2017.
She was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Shamokin, a daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Schaum) Wertz.

She was a 1947 graduate of Mount Carmel High School and a 1951 graduate of Temple University Hospital School of Nursing.
Following college, she returned to Mount Carmel to care for her mother and before long she was working at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. At Geisinger she worked in various departments: Medical Surgery, Intensive Care, Nursery, Pediatrics, and became one of the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses, then to the Emergency Department and then became one of the first Life Flight nurses, retiring after 33 years.
Mary was honored as Employee of the Month. After she retired, the Emergency Department established an annual award in her name to honor the Emergency Department Doctor that best exemplifies teaching.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter, Sunbury. She served as president of the PA Nurses Association where she met many wonderful nurses, EMT's, and ambulance personnel as she visited the various emergency departments. The highlight of that experience was a trip to Hawaii. From local president to state president was an unforgettable experience.
Mary's greatest love was her children and grandchildren. She loved to read, cook, visit friends and family, singing in the choir at church, and playing with Matty, her granddaughter Dana's dog.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary L. Williams of Sunbury and Barbara A. Marinin, with whom she resided in Middleburg; one son, Bruce A. Williams, and his wife Carol of Danville; three granddaughters, Dana, wife of Jason Genco of Chicago, Ill., Katelyn Williams and Kelsey Williams, both of Danville; one great-granddaughter, Ana Genco; one brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Joan Wertz of Montana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Wertz; and one brother, Robert Wertz who was killed in World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville. The family will greet friends from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service.
Private interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Emmanuel Center For Nursing, 11 Schoolhouse Road, Danville, PA 17821, or to the Life Flight Program at Geisinger Medical Center, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822.

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