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Margaret "Toots" Williams

November 28, 1926 — September 3, 2017

Margaret M. “Toots” Williams, age 90, of Darboy, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, September 3, 2017, with her family by her side. She was born on November 28, 1926, in Menasha, to the late Rudolph “Rudy” and Barbara (Schaeffer) Sensenbrenner. On February 19, 1949, she married her high school sweetheart Robert C. “Bud” Williams; who preceded her in death on January 24, 2012.

Her determination, drive, and love of life were apparent at a young age. In high school she was president of her junior class, member of the junior Red Cross council, magazine campaign manager, and served on numerous committees. She attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in English. She worked at Banta Corporation and volunteered at Theda Clark Hospital.

Mom’s greatest gifts were her love and sense of humor. She was the rock in our home; supporting Bud’s career and raising seven kids. She always put others before herself. All who had the privilege of knowing her immediately fell in love with her. She always said, “you have to have a sense of humor to get through life” and she loved to share jokes.

Mom’s greatest blessing was her faith. It is difficult to say goodbye to a woman who is loved by so many, but as Toots often said, “Promise me that when I die there will be a celebration as it will be my “Victory Day” when I can be with God and the love of my life, Bud”. Mom, today we celebrate you; your strength, your guidance, and your love.

Bud and Toots joined Prince of Peace Lutheran Church when they moved to Darboy in 1998 and built their third home. For 20 years, the Snowbirds enjoyed their winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where they walked for miles on the beach and welcomed visits from the family.

Survivors include their seven children, John (Lynne) Williams; Mary Williams; Jane Ebben; Charles (Rebecca) Williams; James (Debra)Williams; Robert (Lori) Williams; Anne (Robert) Betz; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; her sister, Barbara Cashman and her brother-in-law, Jerry Hermsen.

Friends and family can join us in celebration of Toot’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017, at PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2330 E. Calumet Street, Appleton, with Rev. Roger McQuistion officiating. The family will be greeting family and friends at a luncheon in Toot’s honor following the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name for Heartland Hospice and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their loving care. Online condolences may be offered at

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