Margaret J. Williamson died peacefully Aug. 1 in Grass Valley, surrounded by family and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, at New Elm Ridge Cemetery on Kidder Street, off Bennett Street, in Grass Valley.
Mrs. Williamson was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Walnut Creek, into a loving and musical family. She was blessed with an amazing singing voice, evident from an early age. At the age of 9 she began regularly singing church solos. She went on to study professionally and was a soloist for the Oakland Philharmonic Choir.
Mrs. Williamson married Paul Williamson on Dec. 8, 1950, and the two moved to Sacramento, where Mrs. Williamson stopped singing professionally to become a devoted wife and mother. In 1980 Margaret and Paul retired near family and friends in Grass Valley. Mr. Williamson passed away in December 2004.
Margaret continued singing throughout her life at church services, Eastern Star activities, various area functions and at home for the pure pleasure it brought those around her. She was known for her welcoming smile, quiet humor, life-affirming laugh, warm embrace, and loving nature. She cherished home, family and friends, and her musical gift. Mrs. Williamson’s life was a joyful melody; she will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Williamson is survived by children David Williamson and Nancy Farnsworth of Grass Valley; son-in-law, Steve Farnsworth of Grass Valley; daughter-in-law, Lorri Williamson of Grass Valley; granddaughters Teri Lyn Emery and Sheila Sprague of Sacramento, and grandson, Carson Farnsworth of Grass Valley.
Sister Roberta Gardiner is a longtime resident of Pleasant Hill.
Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her parents, Escott Leigh Jones and Irene Gertrude Coates Jones, and brothers Sidney and Richard.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
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