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Carlene Young Williams was born the only child of Carl and Glessie Young on June 7, 1933, in Marshfield, Missouri and departed this life on October 27, 2022, at Brooke Haven Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 89.

 She was united in marriage to Bill D. Williams in Marshfield, Missouri, on May 29, 1955. They spent more than 60 devoted years as husband and wife.

  She is survived by one son, Mark Williams and wife, Amy, of Bethesda, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Garrett Williams, Dallas, Texas and Brennen Williams, attending Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, many relatives and countless friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Glessie Young, her husband, Bill D. Williams, and one daughter, Barbara Williams.

  Carlene was a Christian and a long-time member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer. She was an educator for 40 years in Missouri and Arkansas public schools. Carlene will be missed by all the lives she touched.

She was a loyal follower of the Thayer Bobcats, Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals.

  Funeral services for Carlene Williams, age 89, of Thayer, Missouri, will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. Visitation will be Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

  Interment will be on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Thayer Cemetery, Thayer Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thayer Public School Foundation (drop off at Carter Funeral Home or Southern Bank in Thayer).



  1. Kay McMurtrey
    October 31, 2022 @ 2:19 pm

    In my heart i know Carlene is in a better place. Sad for the family in their loss.


  2. Donna Fink
    October 31, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

    Carlene will be missed by all who knew her…


  3. Kelly Steed
    October 31, 2022 @ 6:38 pm

    Truly a remarkable person and icon of our community! I will miss her! Carlene was such a delightful and lovely person so full of knowledge and always willing to share. Prayers for Mark and the Williams family


  4. Nancy Landes and the Landes Family
    November 2, 2022 @ 2:26 pm

    Mark and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, she was a very dear friend to our family for many years. May you find comfort in knowing she was thought of very highly in the community. Prayers for you, Amy and your sons.


  5. Donna Steed
    November 2, 2022 @ 8:28 pm

    Carlene was a special family friend and one of the kindest women I have ever met. She will be missed by our community. Condolences to the family. Anyone that met Carlene loved her. I will miss her visits, in my insurance office and at her home. Just think how she is celebrating seeing her much loved daughter after missing her for over 33 years! That is a joyous thought and would be an encouragement that she would have given others! She was one of our leading Thayer supporters!


  6. Debra Slaughter
    November 3, 2022 @ 11:03 pm

    Carlene was such a sweet lady and always so friendly.. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for Mark and the Williams Family


  7. Max Evans
    November 4, 2022 @ 12:41 am

    Condolences to the family. I grew up with Bill and knew Carlene since she moved to Thayer. Great people.


  8. Stannie Kimble
    November 4, 2022 @ 5:01 pm

    Sorry for your loss Mark. Carlene and I got acquainted when she started working as a Counselor, for Mammoth Elementary School. It didn’t take long to become friends. She was my sounding board, listener, and offered advice when needed. We shared some great times, and for that I am thankful. Know she touch my heart. Gone, but not forgotten.
    Stannie (Haney) Kimble.


  9. Amber(Cozort)Redburn
    November 5, 2022 @ 8:43 am

    To the Williams Families,

    Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you on the passing of Carlene. She was wonderful caring Christian individual who was a very passionate caring educator and a leader in education in our area. My Dad, Norris Cozort, worked under her leadership at the West Plains SCCC and she treated her fellow colleagues with the utmost respect and supported them as needed to do their daily job educating students. She loved not only her colleagues and their families but students as well always having a smile and a hello for them as she met us in the hallway at the West Plains High School Campus. After she retired she remained close to my Dad and our Family which we greatly appreciated. She will be missed! During this time we will be keeping all of you in our daily prayers and thoughts. May God comfort, encourage, strengthen, and give each of you peace. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Norris/Ivene Cozort
    Tim, Amber(Cozort), and Corby Redburn


  10. Glenda Hatman Lewis
    November 5, 2022 @ 11:38 am

    What a loss for the entire southern Missouri community!
    Carlene and Bill Williams were true pillars of Thayer. They were our neighbors, and such good friends of our entire family . They were always there for us, in good times and bad.
    I loved them like family.
    Prayers to you and your family, Mark


  11. Betty Howard
    November 5, 2022 @ 5:46 pm

    Such a sweet sweet lady


  12. Frances Wahlquist
    November 10, 2022 @ 7:03 am

    Carlene was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was a great educator and touched many lives throughout her teaching career. She was one of my very dear Delta Kappa Gamma members and will be missed by all the XI members. Sending condolences to Mark and family.


  13. Carol Doles
    November 11, 2022 @ 3:14 pm

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to y’all and I’ll keep you in my prayers 🙏🏼.


  14. Betty Howard
    November 15, 2022 @ 9:49 am

    I loved this wonderful lady
    See you in heaven one day😇


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