Pauline Williams, an ordained evangelist and former employee of Photonics Research, died on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was 85.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1934, in Philadelphia. In childhood she acquired the lifelong nickname of “Sissy” (short for sister) from her siblings. She was educated in the School District of Philadelphia.
Upon leaving school, she met her late husband, Robert L. Williams. Seven children were born to their union.
Williams raised her children by herself with the help of her mother, Anna M. Harvey, and grandmother, Anna M. Lucas.
She enrolled her oldest children in Settlement Music School, making sure all of her children received some type of musical instruction. She made sure that each child had structured time and activities and each night they had family worship.
Upon reaching her 20s, Williams decided that she was destined for greater things in life, to show her children that that there was more to life and what they could accomplish. She became an ordained evangelist and gave generously to her church.
To better herself and her children’s standard of living, Williams enrolled in Lincoln Technical Institute to receive her high school diploma and complete an advanced course in cartography. Upon graduation, she was offered a job at Photonics Research, a government-contracted map-making company requiring a high-level government security clearance. Williams received a letter of recognition for her work of excellence and was promoted several times.
While working, Williams obtained 15 certificates, diplomas and degrees for courses she completed.
Her family said she inspired other young women and men who lived in the projects that they need not settle for a limited life in the so-called urban ghetto. As a result, several of her friends furthered their education and received college degrees.
Williams raised herself up from her impoverished living conditions, purchased her own home and moved from the projects into a middle-class neighborhood.
Several years ago, she developed cancer but worked part time every day until she could not work any longer.
She was preceded in death by her children, Victoria J. Goodwin, Sherry A. and Daryl A. Williams.
She is survived by: her children, Amir, Deborah, Kerry Trosclair and Kriss M. Williams and other relatives and friends.
Services were held June 1 at Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.