Lela M. Williams was a former assistant supervisor with Federation Day Care Services.
She died on Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was 53.
She was born on Dec. 31, 1961 to the late Willie M. Bland and George Williams Sr. in Philadelphia. She was the youngest of seven children.
Williams was educated in the School District of Philadelphia. She obtained her adult diploma in March 1998.
She bore four children and adopted her niece as her own child.
She was hired in March 1990 by a program called Family in Need of Daycare (FIND) as a file clerk. She held various positions such as an eligibility specialist and operation specialist before leaving FIND. She went to work at Federation Day Care Services in May 1992 as an eligibility specialist. Williams moved up the ranks and held various positions until she resigned due to health issues in June 2004.
She was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in August 2000 and received a heart transplant in 2006. In 2013, Williams was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove the upper right part of her lung. She was a member of the Second Chance.
Regardless of her illness, Williams lived an active life and did everything she could. Her family said she never complained about her sickness.
Williams joined Sharon Baptist Church in 2000. In 2005, she joined Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Kermit Newkirk, where her second husband was a member. Williams served on the church’s usher board, the food ministry and as the youth and young adult president.
She is preceded in death by her daughter Janay; granddaughter Shaniyah; stepchild Gerald; brother George and aunts Rowena and Willow Dean.
She is survived by her children Tyshaan Williams (Kimberly), Shanda Brown (Clifford), Shaleeya and Jaykela; stepchildren Jovvie, Stacey, Hope, Aaliyah Magid, Erica, Tara and Jahlicia; grandchildren Ty’yan, Ernez, Ermond, Korey, Kaden, Brandee’, Janiyah, Brandon, Tmi, Egypt, Kyng, and Briannah; 13 step-grandchildren; godmothers Betty Crenshaw and Sarah Crittenden-Reid; sisters Desiree (George), Deidre, Freddie, Fern, Gwendolyn, Anita, Sheryl, Karen and Janice (Atholl); brothers Gregory, Brian and Jimmy; aunts Freddylene (Herman), Delores and Hazel; uncles Calvin (Jeanette) and Frank; cousin Donna; devoted companion Lester Frisby and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held July 26 at Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church, 4500 N. 10th St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in West Laurel Hills Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.
Slater Funeral Home handled the arrangements.