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In Loving Memory of Willa Mae (Willy Tigner) Williams-Gary

Willa Mae (Willy Tigner) Williams-Gary was born to Willy Tigner and Roberta Jones on

August 5, 1946 she was the only child and was primarily raised by her Grandmother

Minnie Tigner, where she accepted Christ at an early age. She was born in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania and resided there until she was 19 years old and decided to relocate to Seattle

Washington with her three young sons Robert, Tony, and Lamont. Willa met her long time

and loving husband Oscar Gary in 1978 where they enjoyed over 40 years of life, love, and

marriage together until her passing.

Willa was a Seattle public school educator for over thirty-five years, her passion was

teaching and training up her young students and in 1992 she continued her education at

Central Washington University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Willa

taught at many different Schools including: Van Asselt, John Muir, African American

Academy (AAA), Cooper, and Denny middle school but she finally settled at Fairmount

Park Elementary where she retired at the age of fifty-nine in 2006.

Willa’s long-term hobby as well as a second stream of income was selling her AVON, she

made a lot of friends and acquaintances while doing so. She enjoyed selling her AVON for

over 25 years. She was also a faithful worshiper and loved the lord dearly, you could find

her studying and teaching the word daily. Having her Bible study wherever the lord saw


Sister Willa was a faithful member of Bible Study Outreach Ministries with Pastor Don

Tatum where she played a Godly role in their “Women’s Only” Saturday Service. She was

responsible for leading others to Christ as well.

She is preceded in death by her parents Willy Tigner and Roberta Jones, grandmother

Minnie Tigner, aunt Kate Tigner, and eldest son Robert Williams.

Willa leaves to cherish her memory her husband Oscar Gary, her sons Tony

Williams(Carolyn) of Bowie MD and Lamont Williams(LaTonya) of Seattle WA,

granddaughters Lateka(Teka) and Tamera Williams of Seattle WA, grandson Chase

Fleming-Williams of Bowie MD, great grandsons Vaughn Weems and Dar’Shawn

Williams-Thomas of Seattle WA. A host of other relatives, friends, and her church family

Bible Study Outreach Ministries.

She will be truly missed.

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