Elizabeth A Williams, age 95, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 20, 2023 at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. Elizabeth or Betty as she was mostly called was born on January 12, 1928 in Forest Hills, New York to Robert and Grace Fredericks. She was the youngest of three children born to Robert and Grace. Her older brother was also named Robert (Bob) and her older sister was named Margaret (Margie). She married the love of her life Roy E. Williams of Jersey City, NJ.
Betty and Roy had two children who they loved dearly, Linda and Roy.
Betty and her husband, Roy spent the first significant part of their married life together living in Edison, NJ for approximately 21 years before moving to Cranbury, NJ for another fulfilling 15 years. In 1988 they moved to Weston, Florida when Roy retired from his career as a mechanical engineer and Betty retired from her career in administration for a nationwide food distribution company. They moved to Florida due to their love of southeast Florida going back to the late 1950’s. It was here in Weston and the surrounding area that eventually a majority of her extended family moved.
Betty was an absolute force of nature who was passionate about life, her family and her friends. She made friends openly and easily – she could literally talk to anybody and often did. She was an absolute fixture at the Weston Fitness Center. Until the age of 92 she was an absolute “gym rat” working out and talking with her good friends while on the treadmill. Many of her friends were decades younger than she was, but her spirit and interest in life and the world around her kept her absolutely current. She was good for them and they were good for her.
But the foundation for her life was the love for her husband Roy, her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Her relationship with her family is what kept her going even after the passing of her husband, Roy in 2009. She was interested and curious about everything in her children and grandchildren’s lives. She was quick with a laugh and loved to be teased. A great sense of humor got her through the tough times in life that we all often are confronted. Although never formally educated beyond high school, she was always a source for good practical advice that we all came to rely on. Besides their own parents, “Nanny” was a constant and important presence in her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives. She was the absolute center of the family.
Betty and Roy spent their retirement years just the way they had always dreamed - with the family they loved, neighbors who enriched her life and the many friends she had made at St Bonaventure Catholic Church and the Weston Community as a whole. She was a very consistent presence at St Bonaventure throughout her life in Southern, Florida. Her Catholic faith was incredibly important to her. Father Ed and the congregation at large provided her with the kind of comfort that she needed on the death of Roy.
Her family and her friends are filled with wonderful memories of Betty. The things she said and did, the way she was always dressed to the nines as well as that glorious head of white hair that glistened like new fallen snow.
Betty is survived by her daughter Linda Palmer, her son Roy Williams and their spouses, Steve and Donna, her grandchildren, Sean (Jeff), Tara (Dan), Cameron (Amy) and Heather (Woody). And of course, her great grandchildren, Lucas, Savannah, Riley, Zoe and Owen.
She made a telling mark on all of us and she will be deeply missed. She lived a great life!
A viewing has been scheduled at TM Ralph Funeral Home located at 371 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, Florida on Sunday afternoon, September 24th, between the hours of 3pm and 5pm.
A Catholic Mass will be held on Monday morning, September 25th, at 11:30 AM at St, Bonaventure Catholic Church located at 1301 SW 136th Ave, Davie Florida, to be followed by an entombment ceremony at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 South SR 7 (also known as 441), North Lauderdale, FL.