Marguerite Adams Hayes Williams was an advocate for life. With elegance and grace, Marguerite shared life’s lessons through her heartfelt actions and words. A seasoned storyteller and historian, Marguerite embodied excellence as she shared her oratory gifts with citizens of Minden and Webster Parish. A spirit-filled woman, she embraced prayer instead of problems, as she lived triumphantly through health battles. She believed in living with purpose instead of indifference, as Marguerite provided an anchor for her family and the graduates of Webster High School.
Marguerite was born August 27, 1922, in Minden to Dora Forrest and Sanford Adams Sr. She grew up in a loving extended family, where she was greatly influenced by her grandfather, Elder Moses Forrest Sr., a minister, who organized two Church of God in Christ churches in the Minden area.
Marguerite attended elementary school in Minden and Ft. Worth, Texas. She graduated from Webster High School in 1941. While at Webster, she was active in numerous clubs and activities. Her favorite extra-curricular activity was band, where she was first chair trumpet player.
In 1941, Marguerite met the first love of her life, W. Leon Hayes. Two children were born from this union, Yvette Yvonne and Wilbur Leon Hayes Jr. (who preceded her in death.) With her first spouse, Marguerite embraced education, civil rights, travel and music. As an accomplished musician, she helped develop several musical bands with her husband.
The dynamic team of Mr. Hayes and Mrs. Hayes mentored thousands of students from Minden and surrounding communities until his death in 1969.
Out of her natural passion for early childhood education, Marguerite started the first kindergarten for black students in Minden. She continued her studies and received her B.A. degree from Grambling College in 1959. Marguerite taught first grade for the Webster Parish School Board at Central, Dubberly and Sibley elementary schools for more than 20 years.
At a formal dance in Grambling, Emerson and Lillian Chapman introduced Marguerite to the second love of her life, Oscar C. Williams. From this chance meeting, they began their lives together and Marguerite was introduced to her new daughter and son, Linda and Marcus. For 29 years their lives were devoted to family, church and community. With their lively, energetic sense of humor, the spirited team of Mr. Williams and Mrs. Williams embraced their blended families and stayed true to the community. Marguerite helped with the feeding program and never turned anyone away.
Marguerite’s genuine love of life and people was reflected in the many clubs and organizations which she was involved. She was a Golden Soror, serving 55 consecutive years in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was a charter member of Iota Rho Omega Chapter in Minden where she faithfully served as President (1980-82). She was a member of The Queen of Hearts Club, Webster Association of Retired Teachers, Webster High Alumni Association, Birthday Fellowship Club, Grambling Alumni Association and Life member of the NAACP.
As a member of Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church in Minden, Marguerite actively participated in Bible study, served as a missionary, and enjoyed outreach activities.
On Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 12:07 p.m. at Willis-Knighton North, Marguerite was called to rest with Yvette by her side.
Cherishing her memory, she leaves daughters, Yvette Hayes Edwards (Wayne) of Minden, and Linda Durril (Pompia) of Fort Wayne, Ind.; son, Marcus Williams (Lisa) of Ft Campbell, Ky.; brother, Oren Qualls of Los Angeles, Calif.; uncle, Rudolph Forrest of Compton, Calif.; grandchildren, Forrest Hayes Ashley of Minden, Roseanne Ford (Henry) of Evanston, Ill., Crystal Durril of Terre Haute, Ind., Kenneth Durril of Hyattsville, Md. and Markayla Williams of Opelousas; one great-grandchild, Thierry Annelise Ford; as well as many relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Mt Zion CME Church, 414 E. Union Street in Minden, with the Rev. Raymond F. Hampton officiating. Interment will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery.
Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony will be conducted before the services at 11 a.m., by members of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Visitation will be from noon until 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, at Mt. Zion CME Church.
Marguerite Adams Hayes Williams was a lover of life! The family is so very grateful that she had 91-plus years to experience it!