January 8, 1929 ~ May 10, 2020

Born in: Montgomery, AL
Resided in: Denver, CO

The streaming service will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 11:00 am MST.  Use this link to access the service: www.creatingyoursolution.com/annielwilliams

 

Matriarch of her Family

Annie Lee Williams

A Woman of Honor and Courage

“A great soul serves everyone all the time,

a great soul never dies, it brings us together again and again.” – Maya Angelo

January 8, 1929 – May 10, 2020

On January 8, 1929, Annie Lee was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Thomas and Annie Ruth McCoy.  She was the oldest of 15 children born into a close and loving family.  Annie helped her mother with each of her siblings and cherished her role as big sister. She received her primary and secondary education in Montgomery, Alabama, and following high school Annie attended Alabama State College. She studied to be a Practical Nurse.

in 1960, Annie was looking for a new start.  Her sister Laura and brother-in-law, Peter Davis, invited Annie to come to Lincoln, Nebraska.  Peter was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base.  Annie left Montgomery with her three kids, Larry, Alvin, and Rosa, looking for a better life for herself and her children. She was grateful for the opportunity to change her future.  Annie worked hard and was able to move out on her own and make a home for her family.  Her son Larry remembered all of the places that they lived during those early days and how she made each one feel like home.

Peter introduced Annie to one of his friends and colleagues, Enoch Williams, They began a courtship that ended in marriage.  To this union two children were born, Cassandra Denise and Christopher Dunbar.  Annie and Enoch extended an invitation to Annie’s sister Hazel, to move to Lincoln. Hazel, like Annie, was looking to change her circumstances, with a little help from her big sister.  Enoch introduced Hazel to Gene Wills another young Airmen and they too were married and went off to start their life together.  Annie continued to look out for her siblings throughout their lives.

Enoch and Annie relocated to Denver, Colorado, in 1967.  Enoch was assigned to Lowry Air Force Base.  They felt that they could put down roots in Denver.  Annie worked for a few years at several hospitals before starting at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a Food Service Supervisor. She worked there for almost 20 years.  St. Joseph’s is where she met her best friend, Jeri Bass.  Annie and Jeri’s friendship flourish for 50 years as Jeri became more like family.

Annie gave her life to Christ at age 15.  Upon moving to Denver, she joined Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. She was a faithful Mother of the Church.  She was a loving and compassionate encourager.  Annie was generous and freely shared her wisdom.  Reading the Bible, prayer, worship and gospel music gave Annie a great deal of joy.  Each time her son Larry, would visit her, they would always end their visits in prayer.  And as a protective mother, she would always say ”don’t give nobody a ride”.

On Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, Annie departed this life to reside with the Lord for eternity.  She was 91 years young.  She set the bar high for us and we are truly thankful and blessed.  Annie was proceeded in death by her husband Enoch Williams, parents Thomas and Annie Ruth (Madea) McCoy; her brothers Thomas Jr. (Sonny Boy) Joe Lewis, Jerry, Jimmy, Tim and William (Jack) McCoy; sisters Laura Davis and Helen Deramus.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Larry (Devyn) Nettingham, Alvin Nettingham and Christopher (Angela) Williams, daughters Rosa (Michael) Kaley and Cassandra (Mel) Dowdell; siblings Dorothy Ruth Guthrie, Savanah (Gus) Hampton, Betty Jo Hodrick, Hazel (Gene) Wills, Christine McCoy and Margaret Blevins, in-laws Peter Davis, Essie Mae and Eva Mae McCoy; grandchildren Tonya Little-Gilford, Taneshia Nettingham, Vanessa Nettingham, Derek Nettingham, Brandon Williams, Amorette Claiborne, Angeles Williams, Jaden Williams and Alise Kaley. Great and great great grandchildren, best friend Jeri Bass, a host of nieces, nephews’ other relatives and loyal friends.

 

 

 

 

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Services

Visitation: May 20, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Private Service: May 20, 2020 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Interment:

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 781-0117

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  1. The Williams family moved in to my neighborhood when I was 10 years old. Not only was she a great mother to her own children, she was a great mother to others as well. Amazing she went on to glory on Mother’s Day. Blessed woman of God she will be greatly missed!

  2. May God continue to bless and give the family strength in this time of sorry. Love Clayton & Louise Massey Family

  3. Dear Auntie,

    Our hearts are heavy but we know that you are in a better place. Please give everyone a big hug and kiss as they welcome you with open arms.

  4. I loved hearing you talk about our family history and heritage at our family reunions. God blessed all of us when He gave you 91 years. You will truly be missed auntie. Say hello to Ma dear, Gary and Darryl for me.

  5. We will miss you auntie!!!! Love always!!!! We are grateful for your 91 years on Earth. – The Paul Family

  6. Ann angel has ascended to heaven,
    Ann angel is now wearing a crown,
    Ann angel is in the presence of the Lord,
    Ann angel that taught all those around.

    The block that intertwined us,
    from a union that made us kin,
    Has lost a mother with a heart of gold,
    from whence it all once began.

    Though her light has dimmed in the present,
    the heavens are rejoicing above,
    Ann angel has ascended after ninety-one years,
    Ann angel we all deeply loved!

  7. You were a special woman, God let us enjoy you for many years and now he wants you to rest. Thank you for being a part of my life from my first job at St Joseph’s to being my first daughters grandmother. I know you are at peace🌹

  8. Mrs. Annie Williams was a great woman. Truly sorry for your loss.
    She will be missed by all that knew her and loved her. Will continue to
    pray for the family.

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