Matthew Raney Williams

PALM SPRINGS, CA/MARQUETTE, MI. – Matthew Raney Williams, age 46, of Palm Springs, California, former Marquette resident, entered eternal life April 8, 2017, in Palm Springs.

Born September 26, 1970, in Marquette, a son of Martin R. and Linda L. (Poisson) Williams, Matt was raised in Marquette, attending St. Michael Elementary School and later Marquette Senior High School. While in high school, he received a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy for dance and graduated from there in 1987. He moved to Chicago where he enrolled in cosmetology school, beginning the career he loved. Matt was employed while in school with Art + Science, as a shampoo person and assistant, and quickly worked his way up to artistic director for that salon after graduation. Relocating to New York, he contracted through an agent, where he was responsible for creating hairstyles for models on various photographic shoots for magazine covers and hair companies. Perfecting his talent, he was among five cosmetologists from the U.S. chosen to do international education seminars (Team Yes) involving the creation of videos and educational demos around the world for one year. When he moved to Palm Springs in the 90’s, he owned and operated two salons before retiring due to disability. In his leisure, Matt enjoyed the companionship of his canine pal, Rocco, and volunteering at a second hand clothing store where proceeds go to Desert AIDS Project which offers medical assistance to AIDS patients.

Survivors include his parents, Martin and Linda Williams of Marquette; his siblings, Missy (Josh) Cromell of Marquette, Andy Williams of Harvey, and Jeff (Tiffanie) Williams of Houston, TX; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Lindy Williams and Louis and Marian Poisson; two aunts and three uncles.

The family will receive relatives and friends in the Bishop’s Room located at St. Peter Cathedral on Thursday, May 4, beginning at 11:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon in the Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be made in the Park Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will follow in the reception room located at the Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swasonlundquistfuneral