Mary Frances Ball Williams was born in Steubenville, Ohio on December 30, 1936. She was the first child of the late Charles Frederick and Mary Fullwood Ball. The Ball family has always been active in the African Methodist Episcopal church and were members of the Quinn AME Church community in Steubenville.
Mary lived in Steubenville throughout her youth and graduated in the Steubenville High class of 1954. Mary attended Ohio State University after high school, but as a small-town girl at heart, she became homesick and returned to Steubenville where she graduated from Steubenville Business College. After her graduation from college, she began her career in accounting with the City of Columbus.
Mary’s parents and siblings relocated to Pomona, California during the early to mid-sixties. Again, Mary decided to join her family on the west coast. Upon her relocation to Pomona, Mary became a member of Primm Tabernacle AME Church during the tenure of Rev. Cecil Murray. She also joined the Hallie Dell Quinn Missionary Society where she was a lifetime member, serving in a variety of roles over the decades.
In 1968, Mary began her 32-year career at Mt. San Antonio Community College where she was the supervisor of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services under the direction of Dr. Ernie Gregoire. She was recognized with a variety of awards throughout her career. In addition to her career and church service, Mary was an active member of the La Verne / San Dimas Business and Professional Women’s organization.
The year 1972 was an important year in Mary’s adult life. She married the love of her life, Elijah “Bill” Williams in July of that year. Mary was a loving wife, sister, aunt, and mentor. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Elijah, and brother Charles. She is survived by her sister Elisabeth Ball Walker, as well as two nieces, two nephews, many cousins and a host of friends.