Manning Family Mourns Grandmother

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Frances Thomas Williams, mother-in-law of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and grandmother of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, died Monday at Jeff Anderson Memorial Hospital in Meridian, Miss. She was 86.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Miss., with burial in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

Williams, who had nine brothers and sisters, was an all-state high school basketball player. Her family said that in 1941, in her early 20s, she became the second female licensed airplane pilot in Mississippi.

She was the widow of Cooper Williams, her husband for more than 58 years. Mrs. Williams worked for the Williams Brothers Store in downtown Philadelphia.

Survivors include four children and their spouses: Olivia and Archie Manning of New Orleans; Tommy and Jo Lynn Williams, Sid and Mickie Williams and Cynthia Jordan, all of Philadelphia; three brothers; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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