WAPPAPELLO — Marilyn Williams, a state representative from southeast Missouri through most of the 1990s, has died of cancer.
Williams' family said she died Wednesday at her home in Wappapello. She was 55. The Dexter Daily Statesman reported that no memorial service is planned.
Williams was a Democrat first elected in a special election in 1991. She was defeated by Republican Rob Mayer of Dexter in the 2000 election.
She held several leadership positions in the House. After losing the 2000 election she was appointed director of professional registration for the state until 2004, then held other jobs in state government.
Williams also owned Fiddler's restaurant in Dexter.
She is survived by two sons.