Marian “Mare” Williams passed peacefully in her home Sept. 4, 2010, surrounded by family. Marian was born the third of six children to Mary Grant Judd and Robert Lund Judd on Dec. 10, 1918, and immediately was welcomed by Salt Lake City’s great civic and ecclesiastical leaders, many of whom were family.
She entered life as one to watch. Mare’s childhood was full of wonderful experiences with family on the avenues, summers in Brighton and in her local schooling. While attending the University of Utah, she met the captain of the polo team, Richard “Buck” Williams, and they began an amazing 60-year love affair, seen by all who knew them.
Until the end, she fondly reminisced of lively parties in their East Bench home, family summers in Brighton and Holiday Park, getaways to the Monterrey Peninsula and Steamboat Springs, romantic adventures to exotic international destinations and social gatherings with lifelong friends.
Throughout the years, she joined with her friends and family through the Junior League, the Alta Club, the Cottonwood Club and the Salt Lake Tennis Club, and she always stayed true to her sewing club, her bridge foursomes and Town Club. She loved people, her home and yard, the arts and design, entertaining, tennis, the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah. Above all, she cherished her family, and in the end, it was the love she had for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that made leaving most difficult for her.
Mare truly graced others as she naturally lifted all she met through her undeniable charm, quick wit and fun sense of humor. She made others want to be their best. Mare is missed. Our memories of her will be cherished as those to be emulated. Mare is survived by her sisters, Kaye Fillmore (Winston) and Pauline Johnson (Richard); sister-in-law Virginia Leonard (Bevan); children Richard Judd (Shelly), Anne Larsen (David), Jane Bennett (Kevin), and Tom; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and siblings Thomas Judd, Augusta Bullen and Robert Judd. She was the granddaughter of Heber J. and Augusta Winters Grant.
A memorial service was held in Utah on Sept. 11.
Donations may be made to the Utah Fine Arts Museum or Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Northwest Colorado, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.