Mary Williams

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Mary A. Williams, formerly Mary A. McMurtrey, 102, of Belleville, IL, and later of O’Fallon, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, after a prolonged illness under the care of her son, Rick McMurtrey, in Columbia, MO.

Mary was an avid amateur interior decorator/horticulturist. Her Belleville South Park Drive home and gardens presented like the Garden of Eden to the neighbors and all who visited. Mary enjoyed entertaining and hosted frequent poolside parties and get-togethers. She had been an active member of the Swansea Moose, the Belleville Elks Lodge, and the Belleville Chamber of Commerce. Her charm, style, grace, and firecracker no-nonsense personality will be missed, but forever remembered by all those who knew and loved her. Mary was the proud co-owner of the former Bill’s Camera Shops, which had locations in Belleville, O’Fallon, and East St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Williams; her first husband, William J. McMurtrey Sr; two sons, Ronald McMurtrey and Garry McMurtrey; her mother, Mildred Morris; her stepfather, Milton Morris Sr.; her father, John E. Bowman; and four brothers, Johnny Bowman, Eddie Bowman, Russel Bowman, and Milton Morris Jr.

She is survived by three sons, William J. McMurtrey Jr. of Troy, MO, Dr. Rick W. McMurtrey of Columbia MO, and Dennis McMurtrey of Belleville, IL; and five lovely granddaughters, Jeanine McMurtrey, Julie McMurtrey, and Jennifer McMurtrey all from Troy, MO, and Monique McMurtrey and Gabriella McMurtrey from the Belleville area.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on Mary Williams

Steve Skelton said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2024 at 10:17 PM

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Rick at Silverman's in the mid seventies

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kay Rye said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2024 at 9:48 AM

Dennis I’m so sorry for your loss. I never met your mom. What a full and creative life she lived. Prayers for the family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge #1221 said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2024 at 12:34 AM

remembering... WITH YOU A LIFE SO IMPORTANT TO SO MANY... May the love of friends and family bring you comfort, and loving memories to heal your heart. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers, Members of the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Ed Saunders said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Rick My deepest sympathy to you and your family !

  • Lillian
  • AL
Gloria Stabley said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2024 at 8:58 PM

Your mom sounds like a great person who lived a long fulfilling life. May you be consoled by loving memories of you & her.

  • Maryville
  • Il.
Beverly Phillips-Carissimo said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2024 at 7:10 PM

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. I pray that God gives you some peace through this difficult time. Love to you all. Beverly

  • IL

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