Louise Belden Williams passed away on November 25, 2016, one day before her 84th
1932, Mary grew up as the oldest daughter in one of Hatfield’s farming
families. As a child, she enjoyed travelling with her father on farm business,
playing the piano, playing basketball, and writing for school publications. She graduated second in her class from Smith
Academy and went on to receive a BA in Sociology from Colby College in Maine.
single woman, Mary travelled frequently with friends and began a career as a
teacher for the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton. She married Gordon Williams in 1959. While raising four children, she continued
her work outside the home, eventually earning a Master’s degree in Deaf
Education from Smith College. In addition,
after 10 generations of being passed father to son, Mary was the first woman to
inherit Belden Farm. She and Gordon
worked and lived on the land for 55 years before his passing in 2014.
an active part of the Hatfield community who never backed down when she thought
something was right. She served for many
years on the School Committee, loved hosting Bridge Club, and was a dedicated
fan of Smith Academy sports. She was a
lifelong member of the First Congregational Church, where she especially
enjoyed playing the organ and participating in the Handbell Choir.
her humor and wit, Mary could fool anyone on April Fool’s Day. She was the first one to put shorts on in the
spring and the last to take them off in the fall. She mowed the lawn barefoot, biked to the
Post Office, loved driving the dump truck for the harvest, and enjoyed going by
moped to work in all types of weather.
Mary had the ability to remain optimistic in the face of difficulty:
whether a missing ingredient for dinner or something more serious, many will
remember her infectious laugh throughout it all.
later years, Mary fought a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Blessedly, though she lost her memories, her
sunny disposition remained with her until the end.
predeceased by her husband, Gordon, her parents, Luther and Evelyn, and her
survived by her brother Sanford, of Hatfield, and her sister Martha, of Rhode
Island. She also leaves behind four
children, Darryl and his wife Lucinda (McMurtry) of Hatfield, David and his
wife Lori (Symanski) of Southborough, Brian and his wife Kathie (Woodward) of
Hatfield, and Mary Ruth Seifel and her husband Scott of Belchertown; 12
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
is grateful for the many caregivers who helped her maintain a good quality of
service will be held Monday, December 26th at 2:00Pm at the Hatfield
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Hatfield
Congregational Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
of sympathy are available at:www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com