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Ruth Elizabeth Williams

WILLIAMSBURG - Ruth Elizabeth (Betty) Williams, 75, passed away on November 18, 2013. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Bruton Parish Church on June 3 at 11 am. Interment of her ashes will take place in the family plot at the historic Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA on June 10. Betty was a lifelong resident of Williamsburg and had strong ties to the town. She was predeceased by her parents Lloyd Hayes Williams and Ruth Goodrich Williams; her parental grandparents, William Halstead and Annie Keeling Dawes Williams and her maternal grandparents, Elwyn E. and Phebe Acken Goodrich. Her father was the first Williamsburg Manager for the Daily Press, and was a former Vice Mayor of Williamsburg. Betty attended Matthew Whaley School for eleven years and was a member of the first class to graduate from James Blair High School in 1956. Subsequently, Betty graduated from Mary Washington College with a major in French and Modern Foreign Languages. While in college, Betty was elected to Mortar Board and listed in the 1959-60 edition of Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. After graduation, Betty began her teaching career at York High School where she taught French and served as Chairman of the Foreign Language Department and Coordinator of Foreign Languages for York County. During this same time span, Betty taught in the School of Education at the College of William and Mary. In the fall of 1966 she joined the Newport News Public School System as a demonstration teacher in the "Parlon Francais" Elementary French Program. She worked with this program until 1974 when she transferred to Dozier Intermediate School. When Dozier became a Middle School in l982, Betty taught French, Spanish, German and Latin. She retired from teaching in June 1991 after thirty one years. Betty also followed her interest in photography. She founded Cresset Publications in 1997. Using photographs she had taken in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, she produced postcards and offered them for sale throughout the Williamsburg area. Betty was a member of Bruton Parish Church and a member of the Heritage Society of Mary Washington College Alumni Association. Her travels took her to Europe, Nassau, the Bahamas, across the United States and especially the East Coast from Maine to Florida. She is survived by her cousins William Dawes Williams, Front Royal, VA; Robert Lucas, Lorton, VA; James Lucas, Williamsburg and Mary Susan Lucas, Middleburg, FL; Victoria Pollin Thompson, Gainesville, VA; Leslie Pollin Cushnie, Scottsville, VA and George A. Pollin III, Mt. Holy Springs, PA. Betty is also survived by 42 members of her high school Class of 1956. Memorial donations may be made in Betty's honor to Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, 5361 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 or Bruton Parish Church. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.

Published in Virginia Gazette on May 14, 2014
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