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.