Our sweet mother, Natalie Mary (Smith) Williams, age 94, of Fayetteville, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019, surrounded by her loving daughters and the wonderful caregivers at Menorah Park. Natalie was born in Utica, NY to the late Marjorie (Seymour) and George Smith. She graduated from Whitesboro High School where she met her future husband, Bill. During the War she worked at Bell Telephone and had maintained friendships with several colleagues for decades to follow. These ladies would meet once a year for lunch, catching up on each other’s families and fellow phone company friends.
After the War, Natalie married her high school love, William Thomas Williams. Besides being a wonderful stay at home mom, Natalie worked for Beauty Counselor and then Welcome Wagon. After Bill became ill, she went to work for IBM and then Impact Motivation. Natalie was a communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church in DeWitt for over 58 years. She had a great talent for music, playing the piano, clarinet and had a beautiful singing voice. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Natalie was an avid bridge player, belonging to both the Fayetteville Senior Center and Manlius Senior Center duplicate bridge groups. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, crocheting, painting and golf (especially when using her beloved Ginty golf club). From time to time she enjoyed a glass of white wine with TWO ice cubes.
Mom was devoted to her family, often sacrificing her needs for the good of the family. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Ann Schwedes (Gerhard) and Deborah Jean Allen (Michael); a son, Craig Thomas Williams; six grandchildren, Geoffrey Silkey (Anne), Matthew Silkey (Amanda), Eric Schwedes (Sheila), Scott Schwedes (Jodi), Caitlyn MacAllister and Jack MacAllister; and several great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William Thomas Williams; and her beloved daughter, Nancy Jane Silkey (David).
In celebration of Natalie’s life, a private Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY or the Jewish Home of CNY (Menorah Park).
Arrangements were made by Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.