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Loraine WILLIAMS


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Loraine WILLIAMS Obituary
WILLIAMS, Loraine Loraine Plant Williams of Atlanta, Georgia and Boca Grande, Florida passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. Loraine Jane Plant was born in Savannah, Georgia to Jeannette and Lorne Plant. She was raised in Americus, Georgia, graduated from Washington Seminary Boarding School in Atlanta and later attended the University of Georgia. She married the late Thomas Rice Williams the day he graduated from Georgia Tech and their romance together lasted 52 years. Loraine and Tom lived in Boston, Ware Shoals, Greenville, New Canaan, and Cleveland before returning to their beloved Atlanta in 1973. She is survived by her children Janet Williams, of Greenwich, CT. Susan Tinsley (Denis Tinsley) of London, England, and Thomas Williams, Jr. (Rebecca Littlejohn) of Atlanta, Georgia. Her grandchildren Amelia Osborne, Mac Osborne, and Charles Osborne. Edward Tinsley (Miranda Gilbert), Andrew Tinsley and Isabel Tinsley. Grace Williams, Trey Williams and Wright Williams. Nana and Granny, as her grandchildren knew her, was a proud and involved mother and grandmother. She loved the City of Atlanta and she leaves a legacy of support for the Arts and Education. She supported Georgia Tech and MIT with educational endowments in her late husband's name and the Anti-Coagulation Clinic at Emory University Hospital. She created a unique lecture series at Georgia Tech in memory of her husband and the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize in the Georgia Review journal. Among the boards she served on and supported were the High Museum of Art, The Ovarian Cancer Institute, the Advisory Board of Shepherd Spinal Clinic, The Forward Arts Foundation, past President Piedmont Garden Club, the Atlanta Symphony and The Atlanta Opera. Her greatest pleasures in life were the company of her friends and travel. She and her late husband visited most continents together and after his death, she made many solo adventures including a horse drawn carriage tour of Germany and a cross-country automobile journey of the United States. Memorial Services will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church at 634 West Peachtree St. NW Atlanta at 1 o'clock this Tuesday the 3rd of May. There will be a reception at her home to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to The Atlanta Opera, 1575 Northside Drive, NW, Suite 350 Atlanta, GA 30318.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 28, 2016
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