Flora Ellen “Gram” Williams was the matriarch of a large family.
Williams died June 17, 2012. She was 98.
She was born Jan. 21, 1914 in King and Queen County, Va. She was the sixth child of eleven born to the late Mary Elizabeth and Timotheus Chamberlain. She moved to Philadelphia in the 1930’s, where she married and became the matriarch of a huge family.
Her family said she was a small-framed woman with great, unshakable faith.
She told everyone who crossed her path about the goodness of the Lord. She loved the word of God and she loved to read it. She believed that Sundays belonged to the Lord.
She often sang hymns, prayed and read scriptures all night long. Williams believed in the bond of the family. She was very clear that family came first and like a true matriarch, when she spoke, everybody listened.
Her family said Williams believed in what was right, and she lived it
She taught her family the precepts of the Lord, took them to church, and sent her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to both Sunday school and vacation Bible school. Practically all of her grandchildren lived in her home at some point of time. She is survived by her brother, two children, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great grandchildren; one godchild and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held June 22 at the Open Door Mission True Light Church, 401 N. 52nd St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery in Upper Darby.