Patsy Anne Porter Williams, age 80, died very peacefully on April 28, 2017 in her home in Tyler after a valiant fight against cancer. Patsy was born in the small East Texas town of Jasper, Texas on July 16, 1936 to Lexie Faye Hancock Porter and John Winfield Porter. She attended Jasper schools through 11th grade, Tyler schools for 12th grade, Tyler Junior College for 2 years, and then received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. While attending Tyler High School Patsy was reacquainted with a boy, who was also from Jasper, named Jerry Jean Williams. This boy became the man Patsy would marry in 1963. As a young woman of 25, Patsy had a chance many of us have only dreamed of. In an adventure never forgotten, Patsy flew across the world to Thailand to live and work as an English teacher for children. Although she thoroughly loved her time over there, she always recalled how happy she was when she flew into New York City and saw the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July 1962. Patsy and Jerry had 3 children during the course of their marriage, Amy, Holly, and John. Patsy was very close to all 3 of her children and made it her life's mission to provide support and guidance to them. Even after losing her husband Jerry after 25 years of marriage to complications associated with polio, Patsy found the courage to continue to be the strength and the backbone of her family. Her children knew they could "call Mom" for help and she would provide anything within her ability.
Patsy had a long and industrious career as a librarian. She worked at several different libraries over the years including Winona School District (Elementary, Middle, and High Schools), Thomas K Gorman High School, Tyler Junior College, Tyler Public Library, UT Tyler, and John Tyler High School to name a few. Patsy was also a lifelong pianist, who played at several local churches including Walter Fair UMC, Glenwood UMC, and Fairwood UMC.
Survivors include daughter Amy and husband Craig Schar of Austin, Holly Williams of Tyler; son John and wife Tina Williams of Tyler; and grandson Gage Williams of Tyler.
The family always knew what a generous and loving person she was and all loved her very much, as did the many friends she touched along the way. An excerpt from a dear friend's tribute to Patsy states "Patsy has a good and caring heart. She was blessed with fine intelligence and an abiding faith. Those who have been fortunate to have their lives touched by her will treasure warm memories of her spirit". She will be missed by many, but they are comforted to know that she is in the arms of God.
Visitation will be held Wednesday May 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral home. Services are scheduled for Thursday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairwood United Methodist Church, 1712 Old Omen Road, with Rev. Benjamin West officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Tyler Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Benjamin West officiating under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Gage Williams, Craig Schar, Steve Williams, J. Cody Mize, Joshua Snook, and Wylie Vonner.