GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 27, 2013

Dawn Williams (Parsons), 84


Sacramento, CA — Dawn Parsons Williams passed away in her sleep at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento on Monday, April 15. She died from COPD/complications.

Born Dawn Phyllis Parsons in Gloucester to Margaret R. Parsons and Clifford F. Parsons on July 16, 1928, she had one child, Clayton C. Williams, and loved cats. Her cats included Cinnamon, Wendy, Wendy Tu-Tu, Muffin, and Boots. She adopted the last two from the SPCA. She met her husband of over 50 years, Clayton W. Williams, while she was attending Katharine Gibbs and he was attending MIT. They lived in Denver, Colo.; Buffalo, N.Y., and, most recently, in Sacramento, Calif. In the second city she was active in curling. While at the last, she and her husband consecutively owned two sailing yachts. She was active in the Woman's Social and Cultural League and she was also involved in the University Park Homeowner's Association. The two yachts, the Neverland I and Neverland II, were like second homes and she sailed on them throughout the delta and beyond. For the year 1966 to 1967, she was president of the League, and continued to be very active; she loved to play and host bridge games. After moving to University Park, she was, at different times, on the Board of Directors, Agricultural Committee, and Landscaping Committee of the Homeowner's Association. Even after walking had become difficult, she rode around the community on a scooter to continue her landscaping duties. In everything, she was strongly influenced by her roots, including her love for sailing and everything nautical, as well as what she cooked and ate. Anyone who has ever been to her well-kept home can't help but notice that said premises are filled with reminders of her birthplace, as well as numerous statuettes of cats.

She is survived by her son, Clayon C., and by her most recent cat, Boots.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the Fremont Presbyterian Church(Carlson and H streets), Sacramento, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to one of her favorite charities, the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20077-7127.