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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On December 12, 2015 @ 12:06 pm In Obituary | 1 Comment


Margaret R. “Nancie” Williams passed away peacefully on December 6, 2015.   Nancie was born on May 25, 1922 to Margaret and Herman Reinecke in Erie, PA. She and her older brother Bill (aka “Moose”) enjoyed a childhood filled with music and laughter.

Remembered for her quick wit, public speaking ability, musical talent and athleticism coupled with a sense of humor that tended toward practical jokes, Nancie graduated from Mercyhurst Preparatory, Erie, PA, in 1940 and Georgian Court College, Lakewood, NJ, in 1944. After graduation, Nancie served with the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. where the beautiful city girl from Erie met her handsome war hero, Robert Williams, a native of Douglas, AZ. They married in 1948 and moved to Arizona.

Faith, family and friends were important to our mother. Nancie was a member of the Junior League of Phoenix, a lifetime member of the Brophy Mothers’ Guild and past president of the Xavier Mothers’ Club. She was also a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier parish.

Nancie enthusiastically served as personal secretary to Phoenix Mayor Margaret Hance for eight years. She would tell you that although not elected to office, she helped Mayor Margie run the city.

Nancie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and her brother William J. Reinecke.

Survivors include daughter Ann (Peter) Rathwell, Phoenix, AZ; sons, Stephen M. Williams, Elgin, AZ; Michael Murphy Williams, Phoenix, AZ; and grandson James Michael Rathwell (Elizabeth “Betsy”) of Boston, MA.  

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Nancie’s memory may be made to the Brophy College Preparatory Scholarship Fund, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012; the Xavier Fund, 4710 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012; or the St. Francis Xavier Building Fund, 4715 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home and Post Scripts by Posey.

Condolences for the family of “WILLIAMS, MARGARET R. “NANCIE””

Condolence from Posey on December 14th, 2015 10:03 am

Nana was so supportive of me when I ran for City Council. She was a fabulous cheerleader! These last few years, her devoted Ann and Pete, Murph and Stephen, the Staff @ the Stratford , medical teams and friends have been on the sidelines cheering for her. Nana, you scored on December 6th, may you rest in perfect peace, thank you for all you taught to so many. May your legacy of faith and love be abundant in the next generation.

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