Cecelia Denise Williams passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011, in Spring Branch, TX at the age of 48.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Nell Quinn Gilroy of Wilburton, OK and her grandparents; Henry and Margaret Gilroy and William and Mary Cecelia Quinn.
Denise was born in McAlester, OK on July 26, 1962. She graduated from Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, Virginia. After graduation she moved to Texas with her father and brother and attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.
Denise loved to read, cook, learn and travel, and life was always a wonderful adventure for her. Her father bought her a Camaro when she graduated from high school, with the stipulation that she had to learn to change the oil, tune the engine and change flat tires. She did.
During her early years, she lived with her family in Texas, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., England and Alabama. Traveling with her family around the United States and through the United Kingdom was one of her great joys.
Denise married Mitch, the love of her life, in Gilroy in 1994. They have lived In Pflugerville, TX for the past six years. Being a Mother and a “Nana” brought her great joy.
Denise touched the lives of everyone she met. Whether she knew someone for only one encounter or someone for years, they all would have similar comments about how warm and kind hearted she was. She was a selfless person who always put the needs of others before her own. Denise was the master of multi-tasking and planning.
She could talk business on the phone while holding a baby in one arm and cooking a meal with the other. If an event or vacation needed to be planned she would have it organized with ease and excitement.
Denise was employed for 11 years with several insurance companies in Gilroy, CA including Di Buduo and De Fendis and AAA. After moving to Pflugerville, she was employed with The American Cancer Society. She had been the Office Manager for the American Casualty Insurance Company in Austin, TX for the past six years.
Denise is survived by her husband, Mitch Williams; twin sons and wives: Christopher Michael (Kristen Rosa) Henderson of Gilroy, CA and S/Sgt. Timothy Matthew (Elise Little) Henderson of Warner Robbins, GA; her brother Michael Gilroy of Gulf Breeze, FL; her parents, Kevin A. Mike and Patricia Gilroy of Spring Branch, TX; her mother-in-law Amelia Lamb and her husband Al of Hollister, CA; father-in-law, Greg Williams of Salinas, CA; grandmothers Arlene Duggins of North Carolina and Lila Silva of Prunedale, CA; and two granddaughters, Paige Lindsey Henderson and Adlin Rose Henderson; many nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.
A funeral mass service will be held in Wilburton, OK at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery in Wilburton.
A memorial service to celebrate Denise’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco, TX.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
Funeral Home – Crofts Funeral Home, 911 Mesquite Street, Blanco, TX, 78606.