Mary Tom Williford

Mary Tom Williford of Katy died on Wednesday, April 18 at the age of 92.

A proud East Texas native, she was the consummate Southern lady and gracious hostess. She loved to cook and entertain in her home. She was that rare person who actually listened – when a person talked, she paid attention and cared about what was said.

After the death of her first husband, Gil Pollard, she went to work and later became a successful realtor in the Houston area. She and her second husband, R.R. “Puny” Williford, retired to Schulenburg, where she quickly became an active member of the community. She particularly loved being involved in the Garden Club and in community theater, becoming a fledgling actress in her 70s. Upon the death of her second husband, Mrs. Williford moved to Katy to be near her daughter and grandchildren, who were the loves of her life.

A lifelong learner, she read the Houston Chronicle cover-to-cover every morning, played all kinds of card games, and saw all the latest movies. During the more risqué ones, she would say “Oh, my word” and peek between her fingers – but she watched them nonetheless! Even in her ninth decade, she enjoyed lunch out, long shopping trips and musical concerts. In 2011, she accompanied her daughter and son-in-law to Hawaii, where she was able to finally visit the grave of her brother who was killed in World War II.

“Mary Tom will be remembered as a woman with a joyful heart and a loving spirit. She was a positive, happy person, and her friends and family are better for having known her,” her family writes.

She is survived by her children, Patricia and J. Des Woods Jr., Gill Pollard Jr., Bonnie Meine, John Williford and Martha Ann Jorgenson; 10 grandchildren, Christianna Woods, Jonas Woods, Rebecca Woods Brink, Savannah Pollard, Jackson Pollard, Blaire Pollard Chapman, Sara Pollard, Shelley Pollard, Will Jorgensen and Leah Jorgensen; and 12 great-grandchildren, Madeline G. Cuba, Chase Woods, Hudson Woods, River Woods, Samuel Brink, Caroline Brink, Adelaide Brink, Baden Brink, Rocklin Brink, Liberty Christianna Brink, Jordyn Chapman and Avery Chapman.

She was preceded in death by her first husband; her second husband; one son, Billy Pollard; and one grandson, James D. “Trey” Woods III.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 925, Katy, TX 77492.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Katy, with Rev. Marlin Fenn and Rev. Pamela Cline officiating. Interment was in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

Funeral services were held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home of Katy.