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Linda Williams Cattanach

November 11, 1938 December 1, 2018
Linda Williams Cattanach
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Roper Funeral Home and Crematory
206 Holly St
Jasper, GA 30143
(706) 253-7500
www.roperfuneralhome.com


On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Linda Ann Liles Williams Cattanach, loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher and friend, passed away at the age of 80. Linda was born on November 11, 1938 in Temple, Texas, the second child of Winston and Edith Liles, and younger sister of Allen Liles.

She was Salutatorian of Temple High School's Class of 1957. While at THS, she was a Yell Leader, Queen of Sports, FFA Sweetheart, Class Favorite, Student Council member and Editor of the Yearbook "The Cotton Blossom". She went on to graduate with Honors from the University of Texas in Austin in 1961. While at UT, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, served as Editor of the Yearbook "The Cactus", was on the Academic Dean's list every semester, and was voted a Bluebonnet Belle and Varsity Carnival Queen.

Linda married Dr. Paul Donald Williams "Don" on June 1, 1962. She taught high school Latin in Austin, TX until 1964, when the couple moved to Atlanta, GA to establish Don's dental practice. They began a family and together raised four children, Romi Lee Williams Chadwick, Paul Donald Williams, Jr., Andrea Suzanne Williams DeKroon, and Matthew Winston Williams.

Linda loved to learn and teach. As her family grew, she stayed active in many endeavors, including earning an MA in International Affairs from GA State, working as a lobbyist and on many political campaigns, and managing her husband's dental practice. She resumed her teaching career in the Union County, GA school system in 2002, and in 2007 began teaching middle school Language Arts at the school her grandchildren attended, Pinecrest Academy. She was beloved by students, parents, fellow teachers, and administrators alike. For her many accomplishments in the classroom, she was voted Best Teacher in Forsyth County, GA in 2016 and 2017.

Linda loved her friends, of which there were many, because she never met a stranger. From her childhood playmates in Temple, Texas, to her college friends at TCU and University of Texas, the ZTA young mothers' Alpha alumni group that welcomed her to Atlanta in 1964, her friends in Blairsville's chapter of the DAR, and those from the Mother's Prayer Group at the Marist School, to the many fellow Catholics, neighbors, colleagues and educators she worked with over the years, she had a gift for making everyone she loved feel special.

Linda loved her family. She was a wonderful and generous ''Meme'' to many grandchildren - Mary, Emma and Caroline Chadwick, Nick, Ari, Paul, Ave, and Ana Fouriezos, Aly, Amy, Abby, Angelina and Joey DeKroon, and Mateo Williams. She adored her sons-in-law, Brendan Chadwick and Joe DeKroon, and her daughter-in-law, Indra Lopez Williams. It brought her great joy to celebrate all her family's activities and successes and she was their biggest cheerleader and supporter. After losing her beloved husband of 33 years, Don, to cancer, she married Charles C. Cattanach. She welcomed and loved Charles' children (Charley and Donna), grandchildren (Nicholas, Calder, Amber and Amanda), and great grandchildren (James, Parker, Hunter, and Charlotte Lagilelei), as her own. The two shared a beautiful faith-filled marriage for 19 years, until his death from cancer in 2016.

Linda loved her faith. As a lifelong Christian, her love for Jesus guided her life and inspired everything she did. She was an active parishioner at Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, and the proud mother of an Atlanta Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Paul D. Williams, Jr. (current pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dalton, GA). She will be remembered especially for her great devotion to The Divine Mercy Chaplet of St. Faustina, which she taught and inspired many people to pray. It was her wish that everyone know the great love and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ, who will forgive even the most hardened sinner for any transgression, if only he or she would ask with a humble heart. Linda offered up all the sufferings she endured in her eighteen-month-long battle with glioblastoma for the intentions of her family, friends, co-workers and the Catholic Church. She leaves behind many souls who loved her and will miss her dearly, but her example of grace and love will never be forgotten.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon her. A visitation and rosary will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4th at Roper Funeral Home at 206 Holly Street; Jasper, GA 30143. A celebration of Linda's life and funeral Mass will be held at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4633 Shiloh Rd, Cumming, GA 30040 at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5th. Burial will then take place at 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Carrollton, GA, where Linda will be laid to rest next to Paul Donald Williams, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Linda's honor to one of the organizations Linda loved - Pinecrest Academy Annual Fund, Marist School, Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, or the Women's Enrichment Center in Blairsville, GA.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com .


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Visitation

Tuesday

4

Dec

6:00 PM 12/4/2018 6:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 12/4/2018 9:00:00 PM
Roper Funeral Home & Crematory

206 Holly Street
Jasper, Georgia 30143

Roper Funeral Home & Crematory
206 Holly Street Jasper 30143 Georgia
United States

Funeral

Wednesday

5

Dec

12:00 PM 12/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Brendan Catholic Church

463 Shiloh Road
Cumming, GA 30040

St. Brendan Catholic Church
463 Shiloh Road Cumming 30040 GA
United States
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