of Springfield, MO, formerly of Manchester, MI & Stockbridge, MI. Age 94, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Springfield, Missouri. She was born June 29, 1927 in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of John H. & Emma (Bilson) Close. After raising 4 children in Detroit, Michigan, June spent many years as a Pastor's wife, starting at Houghton Lake, Michigan, at the Markey Community Baptist Church, and then in Stockbridge, Michigan at Stockbridge Baptist Church. After her husband, Rev. Richard Williams, passed, she bought a home and stayed in Stockbridge for many years, attending Jereul Baptist Church as an active member.
June married Richard Omer Williams on June 13, 1947, and he preceded her in death on May 24, 1971. June is survived by a son, Ron Williams of Southfield, Michigan; two daughters, Ruth (Rick) Saenz of Dearborn, Michigan, and Judy (Clayton) Wartes of Springfield, Missouri; two daughters-in-law, Donna Williams Kincer of Grass Lake, Michigan, and Nancy Williams Brock of Gibraltar, Michigan; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Williams in 2002; a granddaughter, Vanessa (Wartes) McLallen in 2011; a brother, Al Close; and two sisters, Lilian Brownell and Ruby Matsen.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3rd at 11 AM at Jereul Baptist Church in Munith, Michigan, with Rev. Bob Castle officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley, Michigan. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Sunday, May 2nd from 3-6 PM and at the church Monday, 10-11. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jereul Baptist Church, 11400 Plum Orchard Rd, Munith, MI 49259.
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