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Monday, March 21, 2011
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Willow Creek Baptist Church
720 Army Post Road
West Des Moines


Tuesday, March 22, 2011
11:00 am
Willow Creek Baptist Church


Carlisle Cemetery


Hamilton's Southtown

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Anna Marie Williams

Anna Marie Williams, age 20 of Carlisle, went home to be with the Lord Friday March 18th, 2011.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2011, at Willow Creek Baptist Church, 720 Army Post Rd., West Des Moines, IA. A service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the church.

Anna Marie Williams went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 18th, enroute to support the UNI Women’s basketball team with the UNI pep band for the NCAA tournament. Anna loved life, her family, friends, and her joy was contagious to those around her. She loved singing with her sisters and cousins, playing her trombone, and pounding on her drums. She was always game for any sport and was determined to win. Anna loved her Lord and was strong in her faith, ready to share Jesus with anyone. She was a graduate of Carlisle High School and was enrolled at UNI studying psychology. “Anna Banana” was very loyal to her teams including the Carlisle Wildcats, UNI Panthers, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

She is survived by her parents, Karl and Kristy Williams; siblings, Jessica, Becca, and Jacob; Grandparents Vonda Lee Williams of Colfax and George and Mary Lou Close of Des Moines; Aunts and Uncles, Kevin (BJ) Williams of Gladbrook, Vana (Monty) Beals of Colfax, Pam Close of Columbia, Mo., Linda (Jim) Mason, Dianne (Tony) Merrill of Des Moines; Cousins, Shannon Williams, Seth (wife, Kristen and daughter, Sydney) Williams, Sean (Heidi) Williams, Danae and Danielle Beals, Jason (Julie) Mason, Blake Arney, Tiffany Merrill and two more on the way.

Anna was preceded in death by her Grandparents: Joanne Close, Walter Williams, and Cousin Matthew Mason.

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