WILLIAMS, Mary Elizabeth (née Collins)

Born on April 20, 1946. Passed away on November 3, 2023.

Passed away peacefully in Apollo Bay on November 3, 2023, aged 77 years.

Dearly loved wife of Errol (dec). Much loved mother, step-mother and mother -in-law of Michael and Mandy, Kevin and Rachel, Andrew and Lauren, Megan and Choong, and Matthew (dec). Cherished Granny Mares to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral Notice

Service: Friday November 10, 2023

Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Williams will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Nelson Street, Apollo Bay, on Friday, November 10, 2023 commencing at 1.00 p.m.

The Funeral will leave the Church at the conclusion of Mass for the Apollo Bay Cemetery.

For those that are unable to attend, click here to view the live-stream.

19 tributes Leave your tribute

  1. Mary & I trained at the Grey Sister – way back!
    A vibrant, energetic beautiful woman. Last time I was wilt her was in Colac. I was in a shop and heard this woman’s voice – I thought it sounded like Mary. And it was. Beautiful memories. I wish I could be with you but will join you via livestream. Thanks for the memories Mary! Rest in God’s peace. 💗

    Margaret Carmody November 5 2023 6:59 pm
  2. Loved friend of Margaret and Bryan (dec). Loved by all their family. Jacinta, Kathryn ,James, Dominique and Ben. Always remembered as a beautiful lovely lady. RIP.

    Margaret Cosgriff November 5 2023 7:32 pm
  3. How lucky was I to be employed by Mares at age 18 at Ballarat University Crèche. I could not have asked for a better role model. Mary became not only the best boss I could as for but a mother figure who brought out the best in me and gave me the courage to take over her reins when she retired. Our friendship remained strong until the end and I will be forever grateful for the love and support both nary and Errol gave me and my family. My thoughts go out to her beautiful family who she adored. So many treasured memories . Going to the Bay won’t be the same 💗💗

    Corinna Preston November 5 2023 8:45 pm
  4. How sad I am to lose a wonderful neighbour and friend. Mary was such a warm and cheerful person, a brief chat always made me feel happy.
    I was so so sorry to hear from Mary of her diagnosis last year, however, I was impressed that, despite her anxiety, she faced her illness with great courage.
    She will be greatly missed by me and my family. Our thoughts are with Mary’s family.
    Bronwen Mitchell

    Bronwen Mitchell November 6 2023 9:41 am
  5. We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mary. Dear friend of Austin and Sue and a wonderful and caring mother and grandmother.
    Love Austin and Sue Cosgriff

    Sue Cosgriff November 6 2023 3:45 pm
  6. Many a fond memory of Mary over time spent with all the Williams clan. Many laughs and socialising out at Yendon and the Bay with both Mary and Errol.
    Thoughts to all the families .
    Love Barry, Lisa, April, Anne and families in Ballarat

    Lisa Panther November 6 2023 8:23 pm
  7. Missing my dear friend & our walks & talks already.
    So glad I made it down for last goodbyes though, & you had your 3 cherished boys with you.
    Rest easy now 😘

    Darwin Denise

    Denise Rondot November 7 2023 12:33 pm
  8. To Mary’s family our thoughts and prayers are with you all Mary was a lovely lady who will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her rip sweet lady

    Linda wilson November 8 2023 9:38 am
  9. RIP Mares. Deepest Sympathy to all the Family 💜💛💜💛🙏🙏

    Chez Congram November 8 2023 4:42 pm
  10. A lovely lady although I only met her on family events, she was always pleasant and fun. Warm memories of Mares and the most heartfelt wishes to Megan and extended family. Lots love Helen and Dean Watkins of WA

    Helen Watkins November 8 2023 11:45 pm
  11. A beautiful lady Mary was, you will be sadly missed.
    Wonderful to work with, so many laughs
    Rest easy Mary. Helen& Dale .

    Wright Helen November 9 2023 11:21 am
  12. Dearest aunty Mares
    You and Austin welcomed me into your home when i was 14 mum and dad had not yet moved to Apollo Bay i stayed for 9 months . I can still remember the girls partys Jenny riordan wendy v Diane M nellyo jenny rowarth Mars Bars what a gang . What fun times were had . You were so strong in erolls final years you sort of never really concentrated on your own health you were always just concerned about giving and caring to otheirs like Annie etc and that is the Mary we know .You had a one of personality everyone who met you had a special Mary connection everytime you and Dayling greeted each otheir if it was once in 2 years but even in last 18 months everyday you would greet her with a warm embrassing hug who does that ?? Only you did that Mares . I am soo sad that i cant be their on Friday i have been reflecting all week about the special times we have shared. My body is in the UK but my soul is in Apollo Bay thinking about Cosgriff ,Williams,,Collins ,Trew familys we are going to miss you sooo much Mares Chris & Dayling Trew

    chris trew November 10 2023 4:34 am
  13. Sleep peacefully Mary,
    It was a privilege to have known you.
    We will remember your warmth and generosity always.
    A special lady who could always brighten your day.
    Our love to Mick, Kev. Andy. and families.
    Helen & Phil Hesse.

    Helen & Phil Hesse November 10 2023 7:05 am
  14. It was a pleasure to have worked together with Mary so many years ago at the Ballarat University Creche.
    My condolences to all her family and friends.
    We have fond memories of Errol and Mary.
    Alison and Eric Sharman.

    Alison Sharman November 10 2023 10:45 am
  15. Mary was loved by all who knew her, she was a lovely energetic, caring, and kind person who will be sadly missed.
    Sending my love to Andrew, Grace, Feebie and all the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Heather Camm

    Heather Camm November 10 2023 12:47 pm
  16. Memories of Granny mares. Her infectious smile, and happiness and kindness…. Sending love to all today and always. Traci kerr

    Traci Kerr November 10 2023 12:48 pm
  17. We remember fondly all the good times in Apollo bay with our children Joel & Bianca.
    Ross & Helen Hitt

    Helen Hitt November 10 2023 1:34 pm
  18. Rest peacefully Mary 🙏🏻🕊️🙏🏻 was truly wonderful knowing you over the years.
    Sending my love to Megan, Mick, Andrew & all of their families xx
    Much love and sincere condolences
    Kylie Jane Hewat

    Kylie Hewat November 10 2023 2:37 pm
  19. What a beautiful send off for Mary . I could not make it . Watch it on live . Big hugs to you all. A beautiful lady xx

    Kirsty king November 10 2023 6:26 pm

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