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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

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Virgil L. Williams

After 4 ® years of battling cancer, Virgil L. Williams passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 9, 2006. Up until his final hour, he remained true to his character-humorous, courageous and confirming his love for his family. His final words expressed his everlasting guidance and leadership as a husband and a father.

Virgil was a member and resident of the Lummi Nation. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Susan "Ollie" Commodore -Williams and Thomas Williams, and Irene and George James; and his father, Dean O. Williams.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen L. Jefferson -Williams, daughters, Shirley, Laura and Stephanie Williams; son, Christian Williams; grandchildren, Joseph Jefferson, Jr., Troy and Sadie Olsen, Virgil and Joshua Williams, Jaden Phair, and Shoshanah Johnson; mother, Virginia Williams; sisters, Alice Greene and Carol Ann Lane; brothers, Dean, Ronald, Gary, and George Williams, all of Lummi Nation; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grandnephews.

Virgil graduated from Bellingham High School. He attended Spokane Community College and Seattle University, while working full time as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA at Boeing Air Field. He worked for the FAA for twenty years, retiring in 2002. Other occupations included 10-year vestment with ARCO refinery, and Georgia Pacific Pulp Mill. He was also an elected Tribal Councilman for the Lummi Indian Business Council.

Virgil's greatest joy in life was being with his family.

Virgil was a member of St. Joachim's Catholic Church. Prayer Services will be held at the Lummi Nation Wexliem Community Center on Monday, November 13, 2006 at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:00 AM, also at Wexliem with burial to follow at the Lummi Nation Cemetery.

You may share your thoughts and memories of Virgil in the online memorial guest book at www.molesfuneralhomes.com.

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