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Queen Esther Williams
Mrs. Queen Esther (Young) Williams, 90, of Utica, New York, departed this life on Saturday, November 10, 2012, surrounded by loving family. Queen Esther Williams was born to Mr. James and Verdie Carter Young on November 26, 1921, in Osceola, Mississippi. Esther had a full eventful life! During her days of employment, she worked for Wilson's Cleaners on Miller Street in Utica, NY. She loved to help those that she could and enjoyed being with family. She enjoyed fishing, various crafts, puzzles, cooking and playing with her great-grandchildren when she could. Queen Esther Williams was the Matriarch of the Young/Williams Family. She will forever be loved and missed. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Silas Williams, Sr.; sons, Silas Williams, Jr. (Butchie) and Joseph N. Williams, Sr. (Little Joe); and siblings, John, James, Jr., Isaac (Big Ike), Bessie Young, Shirley (Charity) Jones and Lula Mae Lemon (Aunt Money). Her legacy and strength will live on through her children, Bernice J. Williams, Forestine E. Williams, Paul D. Williams, of Utica, NY, Della M. Williams (Hill), of Sacramento, CA, and MaisaLaureen Young, of Liverpool, NY, and adopted daughter, Mrs. Brenda Muhammad, of Syracuse, NY; grandchildren, Brian Carter, Michael (Tawanda) Carter, Jesse Pittman, III, Laurie Carter, Melina Carter, Lucille Carter, Lee Herron, Jr., NaKeshia Herron, Matthew Hill, Sr., Amos Hill, III, Victoria Ferguson, Juan Williams, Joseph N. Williams, Jr., Malissa Williams, Robert Williams and Breanka Williams; and many great and great-great-grandchildren. Memories of her life will continue to be honored by her two sisters, Velma Young, of Memphis, TN, and Mrs. Mattie J. Wright, of Hughes, AR. Also surviving are a host of nieces and nephews, including Larry (Flatcher) Beavers, Isaiah Jones, Ernest (Marla) Jones, of Syracuse, NY, Ms. Darlene Young, of Utica, NY, and Deborah Brown, of Union, NJ; many friends at Steinhorst Square, where she resided for many years; and a very special friend, Mrs. Helen Wilson, of Utica, NY. Calling hours will be 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at St. Matthew's Temple C.O.G.I.C., 110 Washington Street, Utica, NY, followed immediately by funeral services at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by T. Revels-Gibson Funeral Service.
Queen Esther Williams
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Nov. 15, 2012
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