Patsy Anne (Porter) Williams
7/16/1936 - 4/28/2017
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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.


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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 2, 2017.
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April 26, 2020
Dear,Friend, We all still miss you! Our love, Class of 1954. JASPER
Margie Rodriguez
Friend
April 26, 2019
My dad enjoyed working with Mrs. Williams at WHS!!!!
Nancy Ferguson
Friend
June 7, 2017
I was so saddened to hear about Patsy. Praise God she is healthy again in Heaven. She is will be missed and our prayers of comfort are with the family.

Buddy and Linda Holland
Buddy, Linda Holland
May 7, 2017
Patsy was truly one of my closest friends...for 79 years!
Needless to say, she will be missed.

To her wonderful children, I am praying for our Lord to comfort you in these days and months ahead. Please keep in touch. She kept me up with all of you, and loved you very much. Gage, you were such a joy to her...also, to your wonderful great grandmother, Faye Porter. Bless each of you.
Margie Pedigo Rodriguez
Margie Rodriguez
May 4, 2017
I keep thinking of Patsy's favorite quote by Browning that inspired her and could perhaps comfort us as well: "...Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake."
Janice Mallard
May 4, 2017
I did not know Patsy, I do know she is a wonderful woman and Mother, Amy sure turned out sweet.
Tom Hansen
May 3, 2017
Prayers for all of you for the loss of your mother.
Bill Schleede
Janis Allen
Cindy Clifton
Janis Allen
May 3, 2017
My mother was Bertie Williams Munson, the oldest of the Williams siblings, and Jerry was the youngest. only four years older than I. So when I first met Patsy, I was no more than ten or eleven years old, and she and Jerry were in high school. She was even then a kind and gentle person, and she remained that way for the 65 or so years that I knew her. We lived in Dallas and so saw the family in Tyler on a few times a year, then when I graduated from SMU and went to New York for graduate school, my visits were even fewer. Because of my job, I have spend most of my life living in St. Louis, and I regret that I have not been able to get to know my cousins and their spouses and children. After my mother died, my main like to the family was Patsy. We would talk a couple of times a years, and she would fill me in about how everyone was getting along, She was especially proud of her children, and she would tell me about their ups and downs of Amy, Holly, and John. ( I have not seen them face to face since the late 60s! ) I think only Holly has any idea about who I am, but I can assure them all that their mother always spoke of them with love and pride, even when she sounded a bit exasperated. I will miss my conversations with Patsy, and I will miss her steady and tolerant presence in the family. I was also born in Jasper, and she was my last link to the town. She will live as a benign and gracious presence in my memory and in the memories of all who knew her. Amy, Holly, and John, I know you will always cherish the time you had with her and be grateful for having had such a wonderful and loving mother. Ronald Munson
May 3, 2017
LaTonya Mckellar
May 3, 2017
Spillman Family
May 3, 2017
Patsy will be missed by many people. She touched many lives over the years including my family's. Holly I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. My prayers and sympathies are with you all.. May God be with you and hold you all close.
Mary Ann Spillman
May 3, 2017
I did not know her, I do know she was a wonderful women and mother because Amy turned out so sweet.
Tom Hansen
May 3, 2017
Holly, I am praying for you especially over these next 2 days as you lay your precious mother to rest. May God give you all strength to make it and comfort as well as joy in knowing your mom is with Jesus and she is no longer suffering in her earthly body but living in her new one!!!
Tamara Hutchinson (ward)
May 3, 2017
I grieve over the loss of this courageous and strong lady. Her life was full of kindness and total devotion to her family. She will be greatly missed.
Paula Johnson
May 3, 2017

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief, but gratitude.
--Thornton Wilder

Patsy was my supervisor, mentor, and friend when I first entered the teaching profession at Winona High School in the spring of 1973. She was always there with words of advise and encouragement through my ups and downs as a new teacher. I am forever grateful. Thank you, Patsy!

Brenda McWilliams
May 3, 2017
Patsy was a sweet, sweet lady and I enjoyed our friendship over the years. My prayers are with you. She will be missed by many. Mary Lewis, Fairwood UMC
Mary Lewis
May 3, 2017
Such a beautiful and loving spirit. She will be missed by all whose hearts she touched.
Tom and Jean Schar
Jean and Tom Schar
May 3, 2017
May our Lord comfort you in your hours of sorrow. Mrs. Williams was our librarian at Winona. Theressa Warren-Cleveland,Jessie C. Warren,Lavaka Warren-Kirby,Vanessa Warren-Alexander.
Lavaka Kirby
May 2, 2017
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Ps. 46:1). Mary Curry,former high school student and later a coworker at Winona ISD
Mary Curry
May 2, 2017
My prayers are with the family and I remember Mrs.as a kind and generous person that I met while attending Winona school.
Ruby Traylor
May 2, 2017
She was such a sweet woman. She made the school library my favorite place and I always thought well of her.
May 2, 2017
I never knew how hard this would be without you Mom. People say "oh it will get better after the funeral and things go back to normal", but things won't be normal. You are gone. Your chair is empty. Sadness doesn't begin to explain it. You got a bum deal Mom, and I don't really understand it. I do know that you fought the good fight. And for that I am so proud of you. There is only peace for you now, and that brings me comfort. Thank you for taking care of me even when i thought I was taking care of you.
I love you. My Mama, my best friend.
Holly Williams
May 2, 2017
Amy,Holly,John and Family, My heart goes out to each of you during this time of loss. Patsy was the Sunshine in her Mama's eyes--I loved their sweet relationship. Patsy was a very sweet lady and full of grace. I loved visiting with her and our chats. "A Mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever." This quote help me alot I hope it helps you all as well. Blessings and Peace to you all, Love, Sheri Sparks
Sheri Sparks
May 2, 2017
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
Lloyd James Funeral Home
May 2, 2017
We will all miss her so much. She was a wonderful lady that I loved & admired. When she had Amy & Holly I wanted her to name one of them Michelle. (she didn't) However, she would always remind me of that and we would both laugh. I was so blessed that she was part of my life. Amy,Holly & John you are all in my prayers. Love, Pam Coulter Evans
May 2, 2017
Godspeed Love nancy coulter
Nancy Coulter
May 2, 2017
Joan Hussey
May 2, 2017
Prayers for family and friends of Patsy's. She was a dear, sweet lady.
Ethel Ratcliff
May 2, 2017
This dear friend will be missed.
Old friends are extremely difficult to be parted with.
Dee Gill
May 2, 2017
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