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Her Life's Journey
Cora Mae Williams, loving mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, and community pillar, quietly transitioned into eternal rest on November 4, 2023, in her beloved hometown of St. Louis, MO. Born on March 1, 1939, to Ms. Bethel Mae Bolden, she displayed a fortitude and dedication that flourished in the hearts of all who knew her.
Cora's formative years bore many happy memories in St. Louis, where she was educated and grew to be a woman of poise and honor. She displayed remarkable tenacity in her education journey by obtaining her G.E.D., attending a year of college, and then dedicating herself to teaching two pursuits she was passionate about - Computer Science and G.E.D. classes.
On January 24, 1955, she married the love of her life, Lawrence L. Williams, Jr. Their union blessed them with six beautiful children, who were the joy and pride of Cora's life.
Before her retirement, Cora dedicated her professional career to serving her community through the United States Postal Service. She balanced her dedicated work life with vibrant interests that kept her heart fulfilled. Her love for traveling was only outmatched by her love for family, and her commitment to service found a home in the Lillian C. Gasway No. 123, Order of the Eastern Star in St. Louis, MO, and Harmony Grand Chapter O.E.S. Missouri Jurisdiction, where she was an active member. She navigated through the world with kindness, thoughtfulness, and love, touching countless lives along the way.
On November 4, 2023, surrounded by the love and adoration of her family, Cora bid farewell to this earthly journey and was warmly received into God's caring embrace. He saw that she was getting tired and whispered to her, "Come with Me." Cora was preceded in death by her loving and faithful husband, Lawrence L. Williams Jr., her mother, Ms. Bethel Mae Bolden, and her cousin, who she loved and adored, Lorraine Weatherford.
Cora was a devoted mother to her children who will continue her legacy of love and include Debra Williams, Lawrence (Yvette) Williams III, Cherylaine Williams, Stacy Williams, Errick (JaQuetta) Williams, and Marichail Williams. Her radiant spirit continues on, reflected in the joy and pride of her 36 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, her faithful companion, Odell Small, and a multitude of cousins and friends in the community whom she dearly cherished. She has left them with more than just memories, but a blueprint for living life with love, kindness, and grace.