PATSY JEAN GINN WILLIAMS, 86, died peacefully on June 23, 2022. She was born on July 6, 1935, to John David Ginn and Minnie Frances Garrett Ginn in Tyler, Texas. She grew up in Houston and Bay City, …
PATSY JEAN GINN WILLIAMS, 86, died peacefully on June 23, 2022. She was born on July 6, 1935, to John David Ginn and Minnie Frances Garrett Ginn in Tyler, Texas. She grew up in Houston and Bay City, Texas, where she was raised by her loving grandfather, Harry Weldon Garrett, and his wife, Gusta Mae Majors Garrett. Patsy graduated from San Jacinto Senior High School in Houston, where she made many life-long friends as a member of the Gauchos pep squad who shared trips and outings together for almost 70 years as the “Foolish Hearts” club. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1957 from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she served as president of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Patsy never met a stranger, and her outgoing personality and genuine interest in people from all walks of life cultivated life-long friendships wherever she went.
It was at Southwestern University that Patsy met the love of her life, James Earl “Jim” Williams from Tomball, Texas, who precedes her in death. Their marriage on December 22, 1956, commenced 53 happy years together until Jim’s death in 2009. Together they raised four children. She is survived by Laura, husband Randy Williams, children Scott, Kyle and Grant; Clay, wife Jenny, children Hannah, Libby and Sam; Brad, wife Michelle, children Garrett, Cole, and Lauren; Leslie and husband Luis Cerezo; and four great grandchildren, James, Jace, Zachary and Jolie.
Following college and a few years in Bay City, Patsy and Jim moved to the small farming community of Katy, Texas in 1961 to establish Jim’s dental practice. Patsy embraced the community and its residents, befriending all she met and becoming the town’s chief cheerleader. In addition to supporting her husband’s service on the KISD School Board, she served as Girl Scout leader, PTA and home room mother, and Sunday School teacher at the First United Methodist Church. Patsy later served as Director of the Katy Chamber of Commerce, and was a charter member of the Katy Business Association which she helped found after she started a real estate brokerage, Williams & Poorman Real Estate, in 1983. After Jim retired in 1996, the two of them set off in their travel trailer for a great camping adventure, touring all lower 48 states and many Canadian provinces, in what Patsy described as the best years of their lives together. They began returning more frequently to Katy starting in 2000 to read to children on Friday’s at James E. Williams Elementary School, the district’s 18th elementary school which it named in Jim’s honor. Patsy was a proud Williams’ Wrangler to the end, and she and Jim were both honored with the Sunshine Award presented by KPRC-TV in 2004 for their dedication to all the wonderful children they came to know and love through their service. Patsy was later honored as Senior Citizen of the Year by the Katy Chamber of Commerce in 2014 for her service work in the community.
Time spent with her children and grandchildren brought her joy, and the memories of her love for us will never be forgotten. We will miss you dearly, Mom. The family will be forever grateful for her many friends, including the Southwestern University Chicken Fried Steak Club which she organized for her college friends, as well as the staff at The Village at the Triangle and Magnolia Hospice in Austin, who were so caring of our mother. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on June 26, 2022, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, 1508 East Ave., Katy, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM on June 27, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church, 5601 5th Street, Katy, Texas, with Rev. Jason Smith and Rev. Judy Tefteller officiating. Interment in Katy Magnolia Cemetery. Patsy’s grandsons Scott, Kyle, Grant, Garrett, Cole and Sam Williams will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Katy First United Methodist Church.