ForeverMissed
Marissa, age 35, passed away on April 24, 2021 of unknown causes. She is survived by Kent Williams, grandfather, Tatia Williams, mother, and Amber Williams, sister. Birthplace: Brunswick, GA. Residence: Apopka, FL. Marissa graduated from Rollins College in 2007 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She worked as the Natural Resources Officer for the City of Casselberry for 6 years. Prior to that Marissa worked as the Stormwater and Lakes Management Coordinator at the City of Maitland. She was the Project Director for Cambrian Foundation.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 1st. For details email mlwcelebration@gmail.com.

The family is requesting that contributions be made in Marissa’s memory to: The Cambrian Foundation, where the contributions will be used to promote environmental education and outreach initiatives related to water conservation. The Cambrian Foundation was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to research, education, exploration, and preservation of the aquatic realm. The Foundation has a very active education outreach program and has three upcoming research expeditions planned. Contact info is provided below:
  • Checks can be mailed to: Jennifer Dillaman, President
    The Cambrian Foundation
    509 High Street
    Freeport, PA. 16229
  • Electronic contributions can be made via Venmo to Cambrian Foundation Past-President, Amy Giannotti:  @Amy-Giannotti
    The last 4 digits of her cell number are 4649. ***PLEASE DO NOT DONATE VIA PAYPAL LINK ON THE CAMBRIAN FOUNDATION WEBSITE AS IT IS DYSFUNCTIONAL and cannot be addressed until Jennifer returns from Socorro Island in several weeks.***

Posted by Cambrian Foundation on May 1, 2021
All of us at The Cambrian Foundation are deeply saddened to hear about Marissa’s sudden passing. Throughout her 17 years of service to the Foundation, Marissa was instrumental in coordinating research expedition logistics, actively supporting fundraising initiatives, and passionately leading our educational outreach program. Her exceptional teaching efforts are featured in Schoolyard Films’ film about the Floridan aquifer (https://vimeo.com/271610616 ). More importantly though, she was a dear friend, a mentor to many, and a valued member of our team - and was the 2007 recipient of the Cambrian Foundation’s Legare R. Hole, III, Memorial Scholarship (http://cambrianfoundation.org/marissa-williams/). We extend our deepest sympathies to Marissa’s family and friends, and we promise to honor her commitment to environmental education by continuing our outreach program in her memory. We love and miss you, Marissa, and we are thankful for all you brought to our lives. Fair winds and following seas until we meet again.
Posted by Glenn Allen on April 30, 2021
We are saddened at Schoolyard Films to learn of the sudden passing of Marissa Williams. She is seen in the busy background of several scenes in our Aquifer Film, “Clear water…”, and she led our student group through an important lesson in understanding where urban and agricultural stormwater run-off goes and of the direct impacts it has. She was an excellent environmental outreach educator through her work with the Cambrian Foundation (and Schoolyard) and was the Natural Resource Officer for the City of Casselberry, Florida. She is in the foreground of our thoughts today. Our film, and the actual Floridan Aquifer, (and the millions of people who depend on it for fresh water) are all better for having had her passionate interest in water issues and the environment. We will miss her very much. - Schoolyard Films
Posted by Tiffany Busby on April 30, 2021
Marissa was a wonderful, smart, passionate environmental steward and manager. When I met her, she was working for the City of Maitland and was part of the team of local entities working to restore water quality in Lake Jesup, and she continued this work at Casselberry. Marissa was also a regular participant at the Florida Stormwater Association conferences and a valued member of the stormwater profession. She was responsive, kind, and always had a smile to share. My condolences to her sister, family, friends, and colleagues. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Maryann Krisovitch on April 30, 2021
Marissa was a fun, energetic and loving person. She dedicated herself to the health and restoration of the environment and was a knowledgeable and sincere educator and friend. The Florida Lake Management Society will be naming its Young Professional Award in her honor. All of us in the FLMS family are heartbroken and she will be forever missed.
Posted by Ann Francis on April 30, 2021
We, here in the Rollins Department of Environmental Studies, are devastated by this loss of Marissa! Marissa was not only a student majoring in Environmental Studies, but was involved in all of our lives with her passion for the environment.  We were lucky over the years since she graduated to continue seeing Marissa......she would come back to Rollins often to talk to students, to classes, be a part of a job workshop, etc. 
Marissa was my work study for 3 years and a sustainability coordinator.....and I adored her!  We will all miss her terribly......my heart is broken for her dear family and friends......and for all of us that had the privilege and 'luck' to know her and be a part of her life........

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Posted by Cambrian Foundation on May 1, 2021
All of us at The Cambrian Foundation are deeply saddened to hear about Marissa’s sudden passing. Throughout her 17 years of service to the Foundation, Marissa was instrumental in coordinating research expedition logistics, actively supporting fundraising initiatives, and passionately leading our educational outreach program. Her exceptional teaching efforts are featured in Schoolyard Films’ film about the Floridan aquifer (https://vimeo.com/271610616 ). More importantly though, she was a dear friend, a mentor to many, and a valued member of our team - and was the 2007 recipient of the Cambrian Foundation’s Legare R. Hole, III, Memorial Scholarship (http://cambrianfoundation.org/marissa-williams/). We extend our deepest sympathies to Marissa’s family and friends, and we promise to honor her commitment to environmental education by continuing our outreach program in her memory. We love and miss you, Marissa, and we are thankful for all you brought to our lives. Fair winds and following seas until we meet again.
Posted by Glenn Allen on April 30, 2021
We are saddened at Schoolyard Films to learn of the sudden passing of Marissa Williams. She is seen in the busy background of several scenes in our Aquifer Film, “Clear water…”, and she led our student group through an important lesson in understanding where urban and agricultural stormwater run-off goes and of the direct impacts it has. She was an excellent environmental outreach educator through her work with the Cambrian Foundation (and Schoolyard) and was the Natural Resource Officer for the City of Casselberry, Florida. She is in the foreground of our thoughts today. Our film, and the actual Floridan Aquifer, (and the millions of people who depend on it for fresh water) are all better for having had her passionate interest in water issues and the environment. We will miss her very much. - Schoolyard Films
Posted by Tiffany Busby on April 30, 2021
Marissa was a wonderful, smart, passionate environmental steward and manager. When I met her, she was working for the City of Maitland and was part of the team of local entities working to restore water quality in Lake Jesup, and she continued this work at Casselberry. Marissa was also a regular participant at the Florida Stormwater Association conferences and a valued member of the stormwater profession. She was responsive, kind, and always had a smile to share. My condolences to her sister, family, friends, and colleagues. She will be greatly missed.
her Life

Childhood

Marissa was born in Brunswick, Georgia on October 17th, 1985, to mother Tatia Williams and grandparents Kent and Brenda Williams. Marissa grew up in Whitefish, Montana; Yuma, Arizona; Altoona, Pennsylvania, where her sister Amber Williams was born; and Summerville, South Carolina.

Personal Life

Marissa was an avid fan of watersports (including kayaking, boating, snorkeling, parasailing, and diving), being interested in these areas from a young age. She became SCUBA certified out of personal interest and used her airboating license while working for the City of Casselberry.

When she wasn't on the water, Marissa loved being in nature and often spent her free time at places like the beach and Wekiwa Springs State Park. Marissa also regularly went camping and attended local camping events and festivals.

Outside of exploring nature, Marissa loved passing time drinking craft beers with her friends. She and her best friend Jim drank every beer on the bar The Copper Rocket's beer list twice in order to obtain a personalized mug to use at the bar. She was always excited to try new craft beers when vacationing across the US and Central America.

Pinball

One of Marissa's favorite hobbies was pinball, to the point that she had a flipper tattooed on her wrist! While playing pinball, she was graceful, fierce, competitive, and never without a smile on her face while playing! Marissa was a fierce competitor but she always said her goal was just to have fun playing, and it showed on her face. She brought joy to everyone she played with. She would usually beat you, but she would do it with a smile on her face and encouraging words for those playing with her. If you let her know you were winning, you usually wouldn’t be winning much longer! She had this amazing ability to turn it up at any moment and turn a bad game into a high score.

Marissa played pinball all over Florida, going as far as to rented machines to play in her house during the pandemic. If there was pinball, she wanted to play there! From I-Pinball to the Artcade, the Replay Museum to Hourglass Brewing, bar and hotel pinball hoping, District, and especially The Pinball Lounge!

At The Pinball Lounge, she played in the doubles pinball league, 10x10 Tournaments, and helped run ladies’ events. Over the years, Marissa had played in league with three partners: Joe, Jim, and Kyndal. The new league season just recently started and Marissa and Kyndal's team were tied for second place after the first week! The rest of the season will be very hard but will be dedicated to “Playing for Marissa.” She is very missed at pinball league.

Marissa was a member of Belles and Chimes Florida, a pinball group for female pinball players. She was a proud member of this group and loved when female pinball players came together. To continue to bring more ladies together, she and Kyndal created the Ladies of the Lounge group with the owners of the Pinball Lounge. Together they organized events like a Galentine’s Day Event and Ladies Tournament, where Marissa was a rock star decorating the lounge, being a welcoming host to all, and even placing second in the tournament. She helped inspire many women to want to compete in more tournaments and be more active in the pinball community. The next event, Lei Day Ladies Tournament and All you Can Play, was set for Saturday, May 1st, 2021. She was very excited about this event and loved that it was a tropical beach theme, as the beach was her favorite place. This event will continue as planned but now be held in her honor as a celebration of her life and her lasting impact on the pinball community!  

Here are Marissa's pinball highlights:

  • Belles and Chimes Tournament- 1st Place
  • Ladies of the Lounge Galentine’s Day Tournament- 2nd Place
  • Pinball Lounge Bonanza- 2nd Place
  • Tournament Fridays at District- 4th Place
  • Pinball Lounge 10x10 Tournament- Highest score on "Loop the Loop"
  • Pinball League: Marissa’s Perfect Night- She scored all points she possibly could and had the highest score on every machine played! She then followed that up after league play by putting up a grand champion score on Iron Maiden.
Pinball Ranking:
  • World- 5,325
  • IFPA- 62,338
Marissa's Favorite Pinball Machines, all of which are ironically Williams machines:
  • The Machine: Bride of Pin-Bot
  • Jack-Bot
  • White Water
  • Fish Tales

  

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