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Mary Williams, The Floral Gallery


The Floral Gallery

1524 Dodds Avenue

Chattanooga, TN  37406






"Flowers for your Floral Needs"


Business Owner Mary Williams Nominated for Chattanooga Chamber's 2006 ATHENA Award



SIB Client Mary Williams, owner of "The Floral Gallery" has been selected as the Sisters In Business nominee for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award.  Mrs. Mary William has been in business for approximately 20 years, serving as both a business woman and leader in the Chattanooga community, her church at New Covenant Fellowship, and Sisters In Business. 


It is with great admiration and respect for Mrs. Mary Williams, that a letter of nomination is being sent on her behalf for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award.  Mrs. Williams’s has outstanding character, an excellent business ethic, and commitment to service. She portrays a Proverbs 31  type business model for women…empowering herself; taking care of business both in her home and in the community; while building up others.


Mrs. Williams is phenomenal on several platforms which makes Sisters In Business confident of her worth for this award. She is an humble and diligent servant in church, a savvy business professional in her industry and the community, and supporter and mentor of other women in business, consistently demonstrated through her membership in Sisters In Business. 


The Nautilus Awards seeks to distinguish and award individuals who meet the following qualifications.  Mrs. Williams was selected  as a nominee for the ATHENA Award based on these criteria, as her life personifies these characteristics.


THE CRITERIA ATHENA recipients must meet each of three specific criteria.

They must:

• Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential;

• Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession;

• Provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.


Mrs. Mary,  is greatly considered a woman of high integrity and business ethic.  She is often acknowledged by others regarding her contributions made to the business industry in general, and to numerous other women-owned businesses. If your are one of the recipients of outpouring service and contributions, or wish to share your appreciation and commendations for this wonderful woman business-owner, please  click here. 


The following letter submitted by Mrs. Elsa Dotson shows special recognition, projects and achievements accomplished by Mrs. Williams.


August 29, 2006


From:  Elsa L. Dotson

          31 Stanwick Place

          The Woodlands, TX 77382


To Whom It May Concern:

 I join a chorus of other people who agree that Mary Williams would be a deserving recipient of this prestigious award of recognition.  I’ve known Mary for about nine years.  She has always been a dignified, soft-spoken, sweet-spirited woman.  She is caring and sensitive to the needs of others.  She is tireless in making things just right, rather than just doing things as usual.  She is a woman of virtue, who studies, knows and lives the Word of God. 


As a business woman she has always been friendly, helpful, very accommodating even when I know she did not have to be that way.  She is gifted and talented and uses her gifts and talents to bring joy to all who know or meet her.


I especially appreciate how she helped make my 25th wedding anniversary special by handling the floral and decorating needs.  But, when I called on her to do service for her community she exceeded my and other people’s expectations.  Several years ago, when I lived in Chattanooga, my husband was the Chief of Police for the city.  Unfortunately, one of our finest young officers, Julie Jacks, was gunned down and killed in the line of duty.  On the first anniversary of her death, police officers from around the city came to a memorial service.  As part of an organization named Operation S. O. S. (Saving Our Officers), we wanted to have a wreath of artificial flowers that would represent the colors of the Chattanooga Police Department at the ceremony.  I went to Mary and asked her if she could make a wreath for the ceremony and she said she would.  Mary made a beautiful wreath of blue, white and yellow flowers for the ceremony.  In addition, on her own initiative, she made a smaller one that the family could have to permanently place at Officer Jack’s grave.  Mary would not accept any money for this beautiful gift of love.  We could not thank her enough and the family was very grateful.  That is how Mary is, selfless and caring.  I know she does not receive all the credit she deserves and I hope and pray that you will make that happen.  God bless you for considering Mary Williams.


In Him,

Elsa Dotson


From: FTVP25@aol.com [mailto:FTVP25@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:24 PM
To: sistersinbusiness@comcast.net
Subject: Re: Mrs. Mary Williams, SIB Nominee for ATHENA Award




Mary Williams has such a sweet, sweet spirit.  I know her as a person who never speaks an unkind word about anyone.  She is full of wisdom....and she does not mind sharing that wisdom with you, all you need to do is just ask her.  I recall when my sister passed I was talking to Mary one Sunday morning and she told me her sister had been gone 10 years and how she still missed her, but she had the memories to keep her going.  I appreciated that more than she realized.  She showed me compassion and at the same time let me know as times goes by, the pain becomes less intense over the years.


My prayers are with her and Orlando.




Virginia P. Yarbrough
E-Mail: ftvp25@aol.com

(423) 698.6161 (Home)
(423) 802.3917 (Mobile)
(423) 697.0063 (Fax)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 





Stay tuned for updates about Outstanding Business Woman Mrs. Mary Williams, and her selection as Sisters In Business ATHENA Award Nominee .

Posted March 2006


Just In Time for Spring…"Sister of the Month for March 2006" Mary Williams, Owner of "The Floral Gallery "



Just In Time for Spring…a sister who does flowers!  Owner Mary William of the “The Floral Gallery”, is another woman entrepreneur with a “heart and soul for doing business” .  Ms. Williams is not only making beautiful floral arrangements her business, but also making a difference in someone's life.

When interviewing Ms. Williams we talked about her business strategy to lay-up for herself a business after retirement.  She started her business and proceeded to work until she retired.  Then Ms. Williams turned her plans into a reality, bringing into fruition her ownership of the "The Floral Gallery", where she creates strikingly beautiful pieces which  brighten any decor.

As Mary continued to talk about her business, she graciously interjected how she wished younger people would pursue the trade of floral arranging. She went own to say how she would be willing to train and offer a coop to some young person, as she has actually done so in the past.

We invite you to take a look at the beautiful floral arrangements made by Ms.William's at "The Floral Gallery" by visiting our Store/Shop/Office pages.






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