Mary Faye Williams Bivens

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Dec 7, 1937 - Apr 15, 2018
PELL CITY - Mary Faye Williams Bivens of Pell City, AL slipped from this world surrounded by her family into the arms of her Lord and Savior on April 15, 2018.
She was born December 7, 1937 to Ophelia Day and Porter W. Williams in Odenville, AL. Mary Faye was a life long resident of Saint Clair County and a 1956 graduate of Pell City High School.
Following high school Mary Faye married John Haisten and the Lord blessed them with two beautiful daughters, Sonya and Teresa. She had an unparalleled work ethic, retiring from the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk's Office, where she served for 28 years. In 1977 she met the love of her life, Charles Luther Bivens and they were married for 17 wonderful years before his death. As always, Mary Faye overcame her sorrow by bringing joy to the lives of many. According to her, so many times we tend to forget someone who is no longer able to contribute to our community. Through cards and visits she reached out to the home bound, just as she did to those who were still active. We all need encouragement. Through all of the personal obstacles she overcame divorce, cancer twice, and the loss of her husband. Hurting people were always a concern to her and she felt like her greatest contribution to her community was a true concern for people that was backed by action for others.
Mary Faye attended Cropwell Baptist Church were she was a member of the Class of All Ages Sunday School Class. Mary Faye was also active with the Omegas Group. She was a member of Pell City Business and Professional Women, member of American Legion Post #109, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a member of the Planning Committee of the Pell City Dance Club. She was also a Board Member of the American Cancer Society, and a Certified Representative of Reach to Recovery of the American Cancer Society. Mary Faye was involved in local politics and worked the polls for all the elections. In 2001 she received an award as the Longest Cancer survivor from the American Cancer Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Luther Bivens; sister, Ruth Strong; brothers, Jack, Charles and Richard Williams.
Mary Faye is survived by her two daughters, Sonya H. Wilson (Terry) and Teresa H. Carden (Bobby); four loving grandchildren Lindsey W. Alverson (Jud), Caleb Thomason, Lauren W. Isbell (Corey) and Ashton C. Stewart (Hunter); four precious great-granddaughters, Amelia Anne and Mary Caroline Alverson, Vivian Leigh Isbell and LillieAnna Pearl Stewart; one brother, P. W. Williams (Peggy); and one sister, Betty Sides (Bob). A very special cousin, Chris Whitfield; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bivens Celebration of life was held April 17, 2018 at Cropwell Baptist Church. A reception followed in the fellowship hall of the church. Dr. Michael Barber officiated the celebration.
A private family graveside service will be held at Saint Clair Memorial Gardens.
In leu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to either of two of Mary Faye's favorite charities: Styles Make Smiles or Pell City BPW Scholarship Fund. Both charities are located at Metro Bank, Pell City, AL.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Northside Medical Associates, especially Dr. Rock Helms and Cathy Jennings CRNP for all the years of tender, compassionate care for our mom. The family was blessed with mom's caregivers, Donna Muller, Hazel Brown, Peggy Limbaugh, and Teresa McGinnis, and we thank them for all the love they showed our mother and family during her time of illness.
Condolences may be offered to the family online at kilgroefh.com.
Kilgroe Funeral Home - Pell City directed the service.
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