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Died on October 13, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, surrounded by family. Ms. Williams was a 34 year resident of the District of Columbia, from 1975-2009. She was a committed civil rights advocate and public interest lawyer, and she practiced law at the U.S. Department of Labor; the Nat'l Treasury Employees Union; the law firm of Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White; and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. After retiring from law, she served in the U.S. Peace Corp from 2004-06. She received her B.A. in music from U.C. Riverside in 1963; her Masters in English from Kansas State in 1966; and her law degree from Ohio State Univ. College of Law in 1974. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Williams taught English and music appreciation at Ohio State Univ.
She is survived by her son, Patrick Swillinger, and his wife Meredith Marzuoli; her siblings, Kay Muther, Wayne Friesner, Phyllis Newton, Doris Borchert, and Jane Goddard; her nephews Brent and Scott Newton, Cyndi Workman, Russell Jones, Howard Borchert, Jeremy Goddard, David Rademaker and Nathaniel Burris; and grand nieces and nephews Divi, Anala, Kainoa, Ilana, Gil and Talia Newton.
A memorial service, with reception to follow, will be held at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St., NW, Washington, DC 20016, on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made in Ms. Williams's name to Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, 1200 U Street, NW, Wash, DC 20009; or Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, 4713 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 22, 2013
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