Locals remember Suzy Kuulei Williams as a very special, caring person
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:53 AM
MARYSVILLE Locals are mourning the passing of a very special Marysville woman. Suzy Kuulei Williams was a helpful worker at a grocery store who passed away on Dec. 16 of complications from diabetes.
Williams lived in Arlington during her youth after five years spent in Hawaii, moving to Marysville when she was 17 years old and graduating from Marysville High School.
She was born Nov. 11, 1946 in Sacramento, Calif. and was adopted at four months of age by relatives. She married James Williams in Seattle in 1977 and gave birth to a daughter Amy in 1980; her husband left her soon afterwards and they divorced in 1982. Williams worked as a file clerk for the state of Washington, at Skippers restaurants and from 1989 was a courtesy clerk at the State Avenue Safeway store, where she was a valued employee who needed care from co-workers on a regular basis.
Kim Hoskins was like a sister to Williams, who always greeted customers with a smile and helped them carry their groceries to their car. Hoskins found Williams body in her apartment and is helping arrange a memorial service in January.
Williams was fond of animals and enjoyed hiking movies and loved to dance. She took pride in being independent but to her chagrin often had to reluctantly take help from others. Hoskins said she had an on-again, off-again relationship with Williams, who had a stubborn streak and difficulty taking help from people when she needed to.
I loved Susie, I was kind of a mother figure to her. But she was really sometimes difficult, Hoskins recalled last week. Shes kind of led a tough life.
Williams took great delight in playing cards and a big thrill was a $3,000 jackpot she won at the Tulalip Casino; another favorite was Hersheys chocolate bars.
She loved to go dancing, Hoskins said. A lot of people around town knew her. She was everywhere, anywhere there was music. She always wanted to go out and have fun.
Williams was proceeded in death by her parents Elmer and Lucile Wilson and her late husband James Williams. She is survived by daughter Amy, of Bothell.
Many shoppers have asked about Williams since her demise, and a memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Marysville Church of Christ, 4226 92 St. in Marysville. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.