Martha G. Williams

Jun 11 1932
Apr 6 2021
88 Years
New Holland

Martha G. Williams, 88, of New Holland, and formerly of Atglen, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.  She was the wife of the late James J. Williams.  Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Thurston Leroy and Frances Marian Mackey Girvin.

Martha was a graduate of West Chester State Teachers College and taught at the Octorara Area School District. She was a lifelong member of the Penningtonville Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder, Deacon, and choir member. She was a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club.  While at Octorara she enjoyed advising various clubs including the stamp, chess and the Odyssey of the Mind. She enjoyed traveling to various Civil War battlefields prior to and during a sabbatical towards the end of her teaching career.

Martha was a Cancer survivor. She enjoyed supporting the American Cancer Society through several sponsored walks while she was still able to participate.

Martha and her husband, Jim, enjoyed traveling to many destinations that included Hawaii and Alaska.  Family trips included vacationing in the Outer Banks. California vacations included visiting Legoland, Universal Studios, seeing Redwoods, a sand sculpture competition in San Diego, and visiting her cousin Margie Johnson. She enjoyed attending Broadway and off Broadway plays as well as opera. Her hobbies included music, knitting, word searches, brain teaser activities, jigsaw puzzles, and bingo.

She is survived by her daughters Winifred W. (Christopher G.) McGee of Elizabethtown, and Wanda W. (Timothy B.) Shank of Lincoln University, grandchildren, Kira M. (Justin A.) Young of Elizabethtown, James R. (Kristy) McGee of Smiths Station, AL, and Matthew P. Shank of Erie, PA, and four great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother, T. Galen Girvin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 8th at 10 AM at Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, 406 Main St., Atglen, PA 19310 with a visitation from 9 AM until the time of the service.  A brief interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, at, or the Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, 406 Main St., Atglen, PA, 19310.

Service Date: 
May 8 2021 - 10:00am
Service Location: 
Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, 406 Main St., Atglen, PA 19310


Wanda, so sorry to hear about your mom. I remember her as a teacher at Octorara. May God hold you and your family tight as your Mom flies to Jesus.


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Thanks so much for your kind words. It has been a blessing knowing that mom has been kept in prayer and comforting knowing she is out of pain and with God now.

Wanda and Tim

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Wanda, Winifred & family- So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a dear lady. I believe she had Bobby in school. Good memories of family & friends gathering. I know she was a competitive game player. She loved you dearly. Keep good memories close to your heart. 

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Thanks very much for your kind words. Mom always enjoyed getting to see your family at the various gatherings. I believe that Bobby and Tim both had the distinction of having and surviving mom as a teacher.  We were fortunate with the time we shared with mom and reminiscing about the good times we were able to enjoy together.

Thanks so much,

Wanda and Tim

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Winifred and Wanda, deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. She was my fourth grade teacher, and it was from her that I developed my love of words, spelling, and cryptograms which I carry to this day. She touched many lives. -Ann Hilton Gabel




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Dear Wanda and Winky - I was fortunate to have your mother for both 6th AND 7th grade math!  She was an excellent teacher and I have many fond memories. I hope your memories will bring you comfort.  —Joanne (Benner) White 

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Many good memories of your Mom at your house when we were growing up.  A good woman.  So very sorry for your loss. 








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