Marilyn J. Williams

May 08, 1937 ‒ October 28, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Marilyn Williams, age 79 of Marion, passed away on Friday October 28, 2016 at Heartland of Marion.

Marilyn was born on May 8, 1937 the daughter of Francis J. and Coletta F. (McGrath) Voll and sister of Francis and Joseph. Marilyn attended St. Mary School and graduated in 1955. After graduation, she attended Bowling Green State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree of Education in 1960.

Marilyn was a devoted educator to the community of Marion, teaching for most of her 40 years in the Marion City Schools. She always felt that teaching was an honor and a privilege. Upon retirement, she served as a substitute teacher for Marion City Schools and St. Mary School for the next 10 years.

She was united in marriage to Jack Williams in 1973 and helped him raise his three children: Ted, Jack and Jill. Jack preceded Marilyn in death in 1987.

Marilyn was an active member of the Junior Service Guild, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Craft Club, Marion City and County Retired Teachers Association, Marion Senior Center, Red Hat Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and also volunteered her time at St. Vincent DePaul.

Her hobbies included crafts and making cards. Above all, Marilyn felt blessed to have a wonderful family and many close friends.

She is survived by her brother Francis (Marty) Voll, nephews: Joseph (Julie) Voll, Matthew (Aimee) Voll and Michael (Angie) Voll; 5 great nephews and 6 great nieces.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack Williams and her brother Joseph Voll.

Visitation will be held on Sunday November 6, 2016 at SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, GUNDER HALL CHAPEL, 347 West Center St., Marion from 2PM to 6PM with a Wake Service at 5:45PM; Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main St. at 10:00AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Williams family and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Dear Fran and Marty and family.,

    We are so sorry for your loss of the woman we knew before. She was fun and full of life. She certainly will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you .

  • So sorry to hear about Marilyn. She was a sweet and wonderful lady. Marilyn was always easy to talk with and there for all who needed her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


    Winona M. Williams

  • Dear Fran, Marty and Family,

    We will miss Marilyn’ s joyful laughter and warn hugs.
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Warm hugs,
    Margaret Hazelett, Loretta Bargaheiser and Janine Williams

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyn’s family. She touched the lives and hearts of so many people, students, colleagues, friends and she never forgot any of us! God has welcomed a special angel.

  • Our sincere sympathy to all the family. I worked with Marilyn at Pearl Street School and she subbed for me at McKinley School. She was so dedicated and loved the children. I remember that she always enjoyed celebrating the holidays at school, even Groundhog day! We also were members of retired teachers together. What fun times we shared playing games with our group of friends! On her last day of school at Pearl Street, like Marilyn, we all wore bows in our hair. I forgot and wore my bow outside after school on patrol duty! We will always cherish her spirit and her laugh! She will be missed by many friends and former students. Love, Fred and Margie Saull

  • Fran and family, I am very sorry of your loss. Your sister was a very special lady. I loved her humor. I enjoyed the many conversations that we shared with each other. My Mother enjoyed their friendship together. Prayers and hugs to you.
    Karen and Ron Scott

  • Our sympathy to Fran and the Family.

    Marilyn was a spirited soul who made people happy; she did a super job as Membership Chairperson for Retired Teachers of Marion. She was committed in everything she did!
    Rose and I will miss her.

    Joe and Rosie Catera

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyns family. She was my very favorite 1st grade teacher. I kept in contact with her throughout the years. She was such a great hearted and lovely woman. I Will miss her dearly and her little bows she always wore in her hair! I will never forget her!! Sincerely, Laura dsvis

  • Such a delightful and dedicated woman. She touched so many lives in her life and she will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family.

  • I worked with Marilyn at Pearl Street School for 14 years….her spirit, dedication, and laughter will not be forgotten. A true friend in so many ways! Rest In Peace, Marilyn.

    Rae Andrews

  • Marilyn will be sadly missed by her stepson Ted and wife Kelly, her two granddaughters Whitney and Taylor, and her two great granddaughters Bristen and Raziah. She will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

  • The Steel Magnolias (Marilyn, Saundra Pickens, Ethel Ellinwood, Lynda Roper and Jan Hoffman) always had a great time when we were together. Whether it was at Saundra’s place at Turtle Creek, Lakeside, or just sitting around someone’s kitchen table playing dominoes. Her distinctive laugh will be missed! Love you, Marilyn!

  • Marilyn was a passionate person – passionate about her classroom, her students, her friends, her family, her faith, and her volunteer work. Whatever she committed to she did so with gusto, a smile, and laughter. She left many fond memories with the Marion community and will be truly missed.

    Blessings and peace to the family,

    Vicki & Ed Bell

  • Fran and Marty, I hope you can find comfort in knowing that you gave Marilyn a happy and loving life. She often spoke of her great blessing in what you did for her.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time of grief. I know the Steel Magnolias will never be the same without Marilyn.

  • Marilyn was such a sweet lady and dear friend. She was like a mother to me. She got me started in my teaching career in 1972 at Pearl St. School . She welcomed me on board, with all the teachers. Then on my retirement, Marilyn also got me involved in Marion City/county Retired Teachers. We enjoyed having lunch together, crafting and making cards at Edee’s house on a monthly basis. We would spend the day crafting, eating a delicious potluck that everyone brought, and having many laughs together and sharing stories. Marilyn would call me weekly. She always was interested in my family, sons and grandchildren. She loved looking at pictures that I would share. She was so kind to me and to others, remembering birthdays with cards or flowers. She loved being with people. She was full of life and always so positive. She saw the world through “rose colored glasses.” As my friend, Elaine Dibling said: “Heaven has a new angel and she wears a BOW in her hair!” We will all remember that bow in her hair. What a lovely lady- my dear friend.
    From, Pat Lynch

  • I loved my Mrs. Williams from my very first day in first grade continuing through Pearl, Baker and HHS. When I told her I was going to BGSU to be a teacher, her smile and hug made my day. She came to my wedding and welcomed my kids into the world. I will always be blessed because I knew her. My life is better for knowing and loving Mrs. Williams! I will truly miss her but rejoice in a Heavenly reunion.

  • You were my father’s first cousin and I always loved seeing you, Uncle Fran and Uncle Joe when we would visit Ohio. Daddy’s family was so fun and loving to us. I remember your great laugh and your sweet and kind nature. Memories of your visit to Texas (and Mexico) still make me laugh. You will be missed and remembered.

  • Marilyn (AKA Miss Voll) was my favorite teacher in grade school. I had her for Kindergarten and first grade. She always made you feel that you as a person mattered. As a young child and losing my father in first grade – she made me feel special. she didn’t judge you by how much money or lack of – or what you were wearing. She was there not only as a teacher but a mentor. My prayers and thoughts go out to her family.

  • Fran, Marty, and family,
    I cried so when I watched the video. The picture of the home where I have so many fond childhood memories. Such a big part of my childhood was going with my grandma to Marion. Marilyn was such a lovely and kind woman. I know she was my dad’s cousin, but you all have always felt like aunts and uncles. Colette, Marlene, and Marilyn are together again just like when they were children. I wish I could be there to show you my love and support. Big hugs from Texas to all of you! Love, Mary Kathryn and family