Ada Lucille Williams transitioned unexpectedly at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on 28 January. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Flora (Bass) Williams;
Her maternal grandmother, Hettie Bass, raised her. Cille grew up in the segregated south, attended school in Cedars and was baptized at an early age. She benefitted from lessons taught by her community - benevolence and service and she learned to attack racism. These experiences also taught her that it takes a village to raise a child; she reveled in the support of this network when she excelled in school, spoke publicly or received other accolades. These are the lessons with which she imbued her children.
Cille married James Louis Williams (deceased) on September 2, 1942. They had nine children who together earned bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees and made valuable contributions to their fields and community.
In 1948 Lucille joined her husband who had migrated to Niagara Falls in 1947. The Williams home served as an "oasis" for those migrating from the South and they created a strong community with friends from 'down South.'
They affiliated with New Hope Baptist Church where she joined the Missionary Society. She actively supported the March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, and the PTA in her children's school; she was a member of the NAACP and the Niagara Community Center.
Affectionately called, 'Ma Williams,' she is a founding member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as Church Mother, Kitchen Committee Chairperson, Missionary Society President, Youth Choir Advisor, willing worker and provider of religious instruction. Until her death Ma Williams 'held office hours' daily where she checked on the sick and shut-in, and offered expressions of love and comfort. The Great Lakes Baptist Association honored her for her diligence and commitment as a special missionary. Mother Williams extended this service beyond the church into her community and used her own resources to honor and comfort her neighbors who made a difference in the lives of the residents there.
Ma Williams wrote poetry and prose through which she expressed her values regarding family, love, religion and social justice. Her culinary skills were exceptional. As a mother and friend she was unexcelled. She demonstrated to her progeny the importance of celebrating family and created special holidays. Her grandchildren eagerly anticipated these celebrations because their special foods were always on the menu and the camaraderie with cousins was a welcome treat.
Ada Lucille Williams was a black pioneer, a virtuous Christian woman, a professional homemaker, counselor and friend. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Dr. Lillian S. Williams, Barbara J. Williams Jenkins, Joyce M. Williams, Stephanie W. (Allen) Cowart, Isaac L. (Bernice) and T. Christopher Williams; James Jr., Rafi Taha (Robert Bernard), Patricia A. Williams, and great-grandson, Brian, predeceased her. A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and one aunt, Annie Bell Harris, also mourn her loss. Visitation Friday 6-8 PM in the Mt.Zion Baptist Church, 1334 Calumet Ave. Funeral 11 AM Saturday in the Church. Burial Oakwood.
Arrangements by WILLIAMSON FUNERAL HOME,635 Main Street.
Published on January 30, 2018