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Sally Mae McGaw Williams died on May 13, 2017, in Rockford, IL at home.
She was the daughter of William J. and Geraldine Mae (Hanchette) McGaw.
She was married to Paul C. Williams, who predeceased her, along with her parents
and sister JoAnn Knilans. Survivors include daughter Valli J. Williams; son William
Peter (Sandy) Williams; granddaughter Jennifer (Evan) Williams Rogers; sister Nancy
Lindquist, sister-in-law Donna Williams,and special nephew Chip (Sara) Knilans.
Very special thank you to Loren Harris and Ralph Ritchason, who gave her
selfless care during her illness, and great appreciation to Northern Illinois Hospice,
especially Jax, and Georgian caregivers Tea, Eka and Tammy from Maya's AngelCare.


Long active in the German Valley community, Sally will be remembered for the many
stage productions she organized and directed as well as her many years of compassionate
service as a nurse and her great love for animals, especially her dog Jen.

Throughout her life, she demonstrated her great generosity to her family and many
friends. She was always ready to help anyone in need. She will be missed by all whose
lives she touched.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. She wanted to be
remembered as she was in our hearts and minds. She asked that we smile and tell stories
of what was, and shed few tears for what is. Cremation rites with a graveside service in
North Grove Christian Church Cemetery, at 11702 North Mount Morris Road, Leaf River, IL
with Rev. Donald Plock officiating will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00pm,
followed by a simple gathering of friends and family at the German Valley United Methodist
Church at 7 Main Street in German Valley.

Condolences & Shared Memories (7)

  1. Bonnie McMullen

    Dear Valli and family, Please accept our deepest sympathy upon the recent passing of Sally. A Rockford contact sent us the obituary from the newspaper. Unfortunately we have not seen Sally for a long time, but have had some phone contact. Living out of the area has made it difficult to keep up with all the family. However, we have some wonderful memories of the McGaw clan gatherings. It was always such fun to be with the cousins. Sally was such a special gal and we know she will be truly missed by so many. May you find comfort by keeping special memories in your heart.. Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers... Bonnie(Applequist) McMullen and Julie(Applequist) Wallace

  2. Sara knilsns

    I have so many memories it's hard to say them all. When our miracle Noah was born his first holiday was at aunt Sally's for Thanksgiving.. From that point on she spoiled him rotten with John Deere and every enormous bear possible... No room left in his bed for him, just bears!! She was my own personal cheerleader... When I ran my second 5k I didn't think I could finish but I turned the corner and there was Sally... My whole family in "team Sara" shirts and flags... That Sally had made for me... She believed in me like no one else ever! I will miss her forever.

  3. Laurie Ritchason

    I had the opportunity to speak to Sallie on a couple of occasions. My husband and I had hoped to meet her as my father in law, Ralph Ritchason was her long time friend. Deepest sympathy to the family for their loss.

  4. Laurie Ritchason

    So very sorry for the families loss, thoughts and prayers during this time. Ralph Ritchason is my father in law and we are hoping someone can provide information on how to reach him. Our number is 224-227-5684.

  5. Dave Jones

    Sally, Ralph, and Loren were such kind and caring neighbors. With times racing by so fast, it was always a breath of fresh air to slow down and have friendly conversation with Sally and the crew. She will be missed and never forgotten.

  6. India Blade

    I'm so sorry for the McGaw Williams family's loss, sending prayers-The Stockholm counter regulars will be missed

  7. B J

    What a wonderful woman who has passed from life, after a long battle she is now at peace. Sally and her daughter, Val, were so very helpful to me when my mother was going through her final stages of cancer at home in Sept. 2012. Even taking time from their schedule to bring my mother her favorite comfort food, root beer floats. That was Sally, who understood there are times when small favors can mean so very much. Forever in my memory will be the photo I took of Sally on her riding mower doing her yard on a beautiful bright summer day. Thanks for the memories Sally, you have passed from life, never from our memory.


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