Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:44 PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jo Hanna 'Jody' Williams

July 22, 1960-Aug. 8, 2011

Jo Hanna Williams died Aug. 8, 2011. She was born July 22, 1960, in Portland, Ore., where she spent most of her childhood.


Jo Hanna 'Jody' Williams

Jody's mother, Ann, and stepfather, Chuck Neland, moved to Juneau around 1978. Jody graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1979, then returned to Portland, where she worked as an office assistant. In 1981, Jody moved to Anchor Point, where Ann and Chuck had moved. Jody moved into Homer and worked at the Icicle fish plant, meeting people who introduced her to Jesus. She attended the Alaska Bible Institute in 1982 and dedicated her life to God.

Jody met Steven Williams at ABI, and married him April 6, 1985. The couple bought Steven's grandparents' log cabin overlooking the Anchor River, where they lived for 10 years. They had two children, Charity Ann and Jason Austin. They bought a piece of land on Mission Road, where they eventually built a new home.

Jody was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and in 2005 moved to Salem, Ore., to be closer to treatment. She had many treatments under the care of Dr. Devon Webster.

Steven wrote, "Jody was a true warrior and champion because you see the cancer never did conquer her spirit, character or attitude. With God's help Jody adapted and overcame and became stronger. Jody is now living with her savior for eternity where it matters most. Jody is my hero and champion and became my best friend, I will miss her very much. Thank you to all of her dear friends who have encouraged, supported, given generously and walked with her all these years. God bless you all."

Jody loved life and had some great friends from a very young age. Ann Schoenecker is a special friend from back as far as she could remember, bosom buddies and kindred spirits.

Jody is survived by her husband Steven; daughter Charity; twin granddaughters Ariah and Ayana; and son Jason, all of Salem, Ore.; father, Bill Marinelli and his wife Donna; sister Kari Hale and her husband Stephen of Portland, Ore.; sister Teffany Story and her husband Ralph, their daughters Elisabeth and Lexy of Lake Stevens, Wash; brother John Neland, his wife Erica and their children Wyatt, Brittney, Anna and Malina of Anchor Point; and aunts, uncles, cousins and great aunts from California and Oregon.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 21, 2011, at the Chrisitan Community Church on Bartlett Street in Homer.