Dedicated to Gwendolyn Williams
August 11th, 1939 - August 31st, 2014
Mrs. Gwendolyn (Gwen) Williams was born on August 11, 1939 to Edward and Lucile Lawson. Born and raised in Atlanta, she was pleased to tell anyone who asked that she was a“Grady Baby.” A graduate of Henry McNeal Turner High School (1957) and Spelman College (1961) Gwen majored in Music and Elementary Education. As a strong advocate of education, she ensured that all five of her children earned their degrees.
Gwendolyn met her husband, Gerald Williams, at Fort McPherson, GA and they married on May 4, 1963. For twenty-five of their fifty-one years of marriage, she was a loving and supportive Army wife.
Gwen began a career as a teacher, but would transition from teaching to Federal Civil Service in 1976. She would first work as a mail and file clerk at the Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, Il and would eventually work in administrative positions in Korea, New Mexico, and Georgia, eventually retiring in 1997 as a Management Analyst with the US Army Reserve Command.
She was an exceptional pianist, teaching private lessons as well as filling in as pianist at the Catholic Chapel in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. She also served as the choir director and pianist for a small Baptist Church in Bellwood, AL.
Deeply committed to her faith, Gwen was a loving, caring, generous person active in numerous social and charitable organizations. She was a member of Henry McNeal Turner High School Alumni Association, the Spelman College “Golden Girl,” the Ladies Auxiliary Knights of Columbus and Knights of St Peter Claver, and the St Vincent DePaul Conference. She volunteered at the “Angel Pantry” and was known to regularly bring much needed items. She would also make contributions to St. Vincent de Paul, Food for the Poor and the Covenant House. Through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), she sponsored a Nicaraguan child from infancy into high school with monthly contributions and occasional letters..
Gwen is survived by her loving husband Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Gerald M.Williams, two daughters, Cherylene D. Sands (John), Deena L. Baker (Tracy);three sons, Gerald M. Williams Jr. (Amy), Kevin M. Williams and Kyle M. Williams; seven grandchildren Alexandria and Carrington Baker, Kasey and Skyler Williams, and Jonah (Jack), Eleonore (Josie), and Ingrid Williams; and two brothers, Edward D. Lawson (Glynell) and Andrew Lawson.