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Columbia Missourian

MU financial aid adviser enjoyed traveling, church involvement

By Lindsay Pierce
September 10, 2013 | 7:49 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Rose (Pam) Mucker Williams, an MU financial aid adviser and minority recruiter for 29 years, was passionate about students and enjoyed the company of youth, her husband, Phillip Williams Sr., said.

In addition to raising her five children, she also served as a foster mother to 10 children.

"We had the honor of being called Mom and Dad by lots of people," Williams Sr. said with a chuckle.

Mrs. Williams of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, of complications related to emphysema and asthma. She was 64.

She was born Jan. 3, 1949, in Kansas City to William and Geneva Ferguson Mucker.

She married Phillip Williams on May 17, 1969, in Columbia.

In addition to working at MU, Mrs. Williams served as deaconess of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Centralia. Her son Phillip Williams Jr. said she was a member of the church for a long time.

"I know that as long as she was healthy, she was at church," he said. "She sang in the choir. When we had church functions, she was involved."

Williams Sr. said his wife was a serious person, offsetting his self-described clown-like sense of humor.

"She didn't fish, but she loved going fishing with me — just to heckle me," Williams Sr. said.

Mrs. Williams also loved to bowl, craft, crochet, camp with her husband and simply be around people. She cherished good music, dancing and traveling, including traveling by motorcycle with her husband. 

"We belonged to the Peacemakers Motorcycle Club, which we partially founded," Williams Sr. said. "We toured Colorado, Illinois and Kansas. We went everywhere on a motorcycle."

She was also involved in Amos Johnson #30 Order of the Eastern Stars and Queen City #109 Jefferson City.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, Phillip Williams Sr.; two daughters, Jeanne Hill of Kansas City and Alphia Hightower of Columbia; three sons, Phillip Williams Jr. of Columbia, Steven Heyward of Kansas City and David Williams of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several foster children.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave., in Columbia.