Obituary: Barbara Marie Williams

Obituary: Barbara Marie Williams died Friday, April 21, 2023.

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Barbara Marie Williams went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 21, 2023. She was born March 24, 1939, in Springfield, Illinois, to John and Helen Filcsak.

Barb graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Springfield, Illinois. Upon graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, James Williams, and had two children, David and Janet. They moved to Florida in 1970, where they resided primarily in Winter Garden.

Barb will be best remembered by her amazing cooking, especially her outstanding chili, her generosity and love for her family. Her greatest joy was looking after and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to whom she was lovingly known as “Nana.”

Barb and Jim are longtime members of Oakland Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, James; daughter, Janet Hawthorne (Claude); grandchildren, James “Will” Hawthorne (Aly), Laura Halbig (Erik), and John; as well as her great-granddaughters, Aubrey and Heidi Hawthorne and Palmer Halbig.

She is predeceased by her son, David, and younger sisters, Linda (John) Burgess and Joann (Rich) Burris.

There will be a graveside service held at Woodlawn Cemetery (400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL 34734) for close family and friends at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornerstone Hospice or the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.


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