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
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.
• 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
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
letter submitted by Mrs. Elsa Dotson shows special recognition, projects
and achievements accomplished by Mrs. Williams.
From: Elsa L. Dotson
31 Stanwick Place
The Woodlands, TX 77382
To Whom It
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.
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.
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:24 PM
Subject: Re: Mrs. Mary Williams, SIB Nominee for ATHENA Award
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.
prayers are with her and Orlando.
seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
Virginia P. Yarbrough
(423) 698.6161 (Home)
(423) 802.3917 (Mobile)
(423) 697.0063 (Fax)
and all these things will be given to you as well.