Blanche I. Williams

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Feb. 1, 2013

Blanche I. Williams, 87, of Wilkes-Barre, passed unexpectedly into the arms of her Lord on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Blanche was a daughter of the late John T. and Florence Bennett Williams and a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School.

Blanche was known by many from her 30 years at Colarusso's Pharmacy on Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. Following the Agnes Flood, she worked for HUD for several years, assisting many of her neighbors who suffered loss of property and livelihood. Blanche was then employed as a teller for First Eastern Bank/ PNC Bank, Wilkes-Barre, until her retirement.

Blanche was an active, dedicated and lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she served on the Board of Trustees, was a member of the United Methodist Women, Psalmist Circle and choir among many other projects and committees over the years.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were brothers, William, Ronald and Kenneth Williams, and sister, Olwen Overman.

Surviving Blanche is her sister, Joan Kosek, Frederick, Md. In addition, Blanche will be dearly missed by many loving nieces and nephews, including her "adopted daughters" whom she helped raise, Florence Overman King, Lennon, Mich.; Denise Overman, Shavertown, and Linda Overman Jinks, West Wyoming.

Friends may call Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A celebration of Blanche's life will be held at noon on Saturday at the Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Amara will officiate.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be sent to Central United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Published in Times Leader on Feb. 6, 2013