August 29, 1923 - October 20, 2013 Williams, Jean (Goins) 1923-2013 In Carmichael, CA on October 20, 2013, at the age of 90, Jean passed away surrounded by family members. Born Mary Jean Goins on August 29, 1923 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to parents Oscar Leroy Goins and Jennie Irene (Hill) Goins, Jean grew up on her family's farm in Sodus, Michigan. In 1939, Jean's dear friend Sylvia Williams introduced Jean to her brother Charles F. (Chuck) Williams, Jr. Jean and Chuck married in Lawton, Michigan on June 17th, 1942. The two raised four children and had many friends. Jean and Chuck left their home in Oshtemo, Michigan and moved their family to Los Angeles, California in 1962. While living in Southern California, Jean joined the Michigan Club and First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles and developed many more life-long friendships. Jean traveled the world with Chuck. Their destinations included Europe, Africa and Asia. Active in community organizations and political causes, Jean returned to school after her children were older and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA in 1977. Jean and Chuck were together 51 years until his death in 1993. In 2007, Jean, needing some assistance, moved to Northern California from her home in Redondo Beach. Jean led an exemplary life. She was well read, supremely energetic, a patient mentor, an engaging conversationalist, an avid gardener, an exceptional cook and entertainer for her friends and family for many years. Over the years she was fortunate enough to live in three homes overlooking her beloved Pacific Ocean. She possessed an infectious positive spirit and inner courage throughout her life. A devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend; she possessed great love and was loved by a great many people. In addition to her husband, Jean was preceded in death by her youngest son, Kevin Williams. Jean is survived by her sister Marjorie Noor of Chicago, IL; daughter Rebecca Williams Hammons of San Francisco, CA, son Eric (Elena) Williams of Los Angeles, CA, son Kim (Linda) Williams of Carmichael, CA; grandchildren Carmen Hammons, David Hammons, Jr., Kristine Williams, Nicole Williams Beechum, Holly Williams, Blake Williams and Kyle Williams; great-grandchildren Malina, Miles, Marley, Jasper and Mikko. The family will host a Memorial Celebration of Jean's Life in Southern California in January. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to UNICEF in Jean's honor.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2013