Dana Williams, a former nurse, died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. She was 50.
She was born on Jan. 18, 1969, in Philadelphia to the late Norma Jean Davis and Clayton Pruden.
She spent most of her earlier years on Bass Street. She was an only child but considered her cousins Anthony Rolon and Kwandaa Koger as her siblings.
Williams received her high school diploma from Germantown High School.
She worked as a nurse at Germantown Nursing Home for seven years. She then worked at Wills Eye Hospital as an office administrator. Later, she attended Manor College for several semesters.
She married Harold Williams on Aug. 23, 2003. When she became a grandmother, she made sure that her grandchildren had what they needed.
Her family said that she was all about family. “She would tell her children stories about how Anthony was chased home from school, [was sent] back outside and he could not come back until he faced his opponents,” said the family in a tribute. “She would also talk about how Kwandaa and Kwandaa’s brother Rasheed would share this red bomber jacket that her mom bought her.”
In addition to her father and cousins, she is survived by: her daughter, Cortney Gardner; son, Cristofer Gardner; husband, Tony Williams; grandchildren, Elijah Sanders, Emani Alford and Evie Gardner; cousins, Rafiq Green, Gloria Jefferson and Aj Murphy; godchildren, Iyannah and Isaiah; aunts, Diane Murphy Moore and Ophelia Pruden; uncles, Anthony Murphy and Marshall Murphy; and other family and friends.
Services were held on Dec. 18 at Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, 6653-75 Chew Ave. Burial was private.