Phyllis Williams(1920 - 2012)

Phyllis Williams
Sept 11, 1920 - November 25, 2012
Resident of Moss Landing
Phyllis Eleanor Williams passed away at her home in Moss Landing on 11-25-12. Born 9/11/20 in Serene, Colorado to Thomas Williams and Rebecca (Bruce) Williams. Served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps 1942-46 and 1950-51.Served on the hospital ship Sanctuary that brought back the survivors of the Bataan death march. Received a diploma in occupational therapy from the U. of Penn and B.S. in O.T. with honors from San Jose State U. in 1959. She was Director of Occupational therapy for cerebral children at St. Christopher's hospital and as an occupational therapist for the Easter Seal Society , both in Philadelphia. She then moved to San Jose, working at Chandler Tripp School at as O.T. She became a Proba- tion officer at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Dept. 1959-63 and was Assist. Superintendent of Juvenile Hall 1963-65. She received an M.S. in Sociology from San Jose State U. in 1963 and became an instructor at West Valley College 1965-78. She was Dept. Chair 1972-73, then Director of Human Services 1974-75. She served as President of the Academic Senate 1975-76 and became Provost of Human Affairs for the West Valley -Mission College district 1978-83. She became Trustee of that district from 1985-92. She served on the Board of the Saratoga Adult Day Care and was an officer of the local AAUW. After moving to Moss Landing she became a Board member of United Way of Monterey County and of Meals on Wheels of Salinas Valley (she also delivered meals). She was breeder of English Setters, with the kennel name of Columbine, named after the mine near where she was born. She is survived by her niece, Sheri and her partner of 49 years, Claudia Bartelt. There will be a memorial at a later date, in San Jose. For more information Email

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 8, 2012