November 28, 1959 ~ December 29, 2019

Born in: Denver , Colorado
Resided in: Aurora , Colorado

Life’s Legacy…
On November 28, 1959 Cecielia Ann Williams was born to the proud parents of Cecil Williams and Barbara “Bobbie” Jean (Pigford) Williams. The family nicknamed her “Suki”. As a native of Denver, Colorado Cecielia attended Wyman and Gilpin Elementary Schools, Cole Junior High School where she served as Head Girl of her student class. She graduated from John F. Kennedy Sr. High School in 1977. Following high school, Cecielia attended Teller Training Institute ― a vocational school ― where she received training as a bank teller. She would go on to hold positions at Mountain Bell Telephone Company, Polsinelli & Shughart, a prestigious law firm in Washington, D.C., George Washington University, and as a civilian with the U.S. Coast Guard as a procurement specialist also in Washington, D.C. Comcast, and for the past 18 years as a personal accounts representative with Xcel Energy.
Coming from humble beginnings and growing up in the Curtis Park Housing Projects, Cecielia didn’t experience the things she would later come to enjoy and appreciate. For example, she would remember times without a television. As a result, she found solace in listening to music on a little black transistor radio (KDKO, 1510 AM Radio), reading, writing and doing crossword puzzles. In the 70’s, on weekends, she would listen to K.C. Kasem’s top 40 countdown. She was an avid reader. Cecielia loved books. Often she would gather her siblings to listen to her read stories like “The Talking Skull,” “Pippi Longstocking,” and short stories from the book Little Black Sambo. She would often remind us of our excursions to the public library on 34th at High Street in Denver where she regularly participated in the summer reading program.
It wasn’t uncommon for her to read 25 or more books during the summer or at times when school was not in session. Later, she introduced us to such authors as Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Sidney Sheldon and her late favorite “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith.
In addition to reading, Cecielia was a phenomenal writer. She would often respond to editorials she didn’t agree with or that she had a differing perspective. To her surprise her replies were often published. She spent a great deal of time writing poetry. Inspired by Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, Cecielia often wrote poems from an African-American female’s perspective on overcoming struggles in life. Some of our favorites were “If I Ask You, Will You Tell Me Why?” “Penny Candy and a Game of Jacks,” and “In Her Black Regalia.”
Perhaps most important was Cecielia’s love for reading and studying God’s Word, the Bible, with Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was grateful to learn that God has a personal name (Ps. 83:18), the origins of sin and death (Gen. 3:1-6, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12), and the wonderful prospect of living forever in Paradise on Earth (Luke 23:43, John 5:28, Acts 24:15, Rev. 21:3, 4).
Cecielia was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Left to cherish her memory is her brother Kevin Williams, her sister Jill (Anthony) Johnson and baby brother Jay (Jeanine) Williams and their children Jason and Amber Williams. Her nephews Demontae Devon Pate and his son Kaniez, Rodney (Lori) Marshall and their children Jinsara, Rodney III, DeAngelo, and Riley and niece Chloe Marshall. Cecielia also had a host of relatives and friends who will also cherish her memory.

Services

Visitation: January 13, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

(303) 996-0869

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  1. To our Family and Friends

    The pain and sorrow experienced during this difficult time can be overwhelming. However, I am often comforted by the words found in God’s word, the Bible. For instance, when grieving the loss of his dear friend Lazarus, the Bible reports that “Jesus gave way to tears.” (John 11:35). What is even more comforting is the fact that Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, and so like Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, the Bible expresses the hope of the resurrection whereby we may see our loved ones again. (Read John 11:38-44; 5:28, 29). What a marvelous hope.

    May Jehovah God grant us peace during this time and provide comfort for all of us.

    Jeanine Williams
    Sister-n-law

    Link to download the tract Can the Dead Really Live Again?
    https://download-a.akamaihd.net/files/media_books/c4/T-35_E.pdf

    • Thank you Sweetie. We have some fond memories to reflect on. I’m so glad she witnessed our marriage and two children – Jason and Amber. We will think of her often when we partner for Bid Wist (a card game she taught us both).

  2. I was so shocked to learn Cecielia’s death on this earth, but now I’m happy knowing she is sitting around GOD’s Throne!

    I extend my most sincere heartfelt condolences to her family!

  3. Charlena Campbell and Billie Campbell our sincere regret and deepest sympathy our love and thoughts are with you .

    • Thank you for your kind words of comfort and support. We hope to visit with you and uncle Bill sometime this year. We love your home in Arizona. This time we will bring the kids. We love you both.

  4. I was in shock when I saw her picture in the obituary. She was such a beautiful woman. Knew her in school. My condolences to the family

    • To my cousins and family we send all our love to you. Our heart prayers are for your strength, peace and comfort as only Almighty God can give. Peace to my cousin Cecelia who was so beautiful, smart and witty. Sincere love from tbe Willliams family Melvin, Yolanda, Ronald and Tyler. God bless –

      • Hey Londie,

        We were just mourning the loss of your big sister. Now Cecielia. We are so glad we were able to reconnect with you. Thank you for your kind words of comfort. I hope we can get together soon. Give our love to your Dad and family.

    • Hi Venus,

      Thank you for your condolences. Cecielia often spoke of you with kindness and respect. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

    • Dessa,

      Thank you for your condolences and sweet memory of Cecielia. She touched so many lives and will be truly missed. Gone, but not forgotten.

  5. What a beautiful soul that God choose to be by his side, she will be missed by everyone that came in contact with her greatness.

  6. IM SHOCKED TO SEE MY FRIEND CECE PICTURE I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOCATE HER FOR YEARS. WE WORKED AND PARTY TOGETHER,CECE WAS ALWAYS WELL SPOKEN AND RIGHT ON POINT WHEN SHE TALKED.TO THE FAMILY GOD BLESS YOU.HEAVEN HAS ANOTHER ANGEL R.I.H. SHARON(SWEETS)JACKSON FOREVER FRIEND

    • What a beautiful blast from the past. I must have been 8 yrs. old when we last saw each other. Thank you so much for your condolences. I remember you well. Cecielia will be missed, but her memory will live on forever.

  7. To my cousins and family we send all our love to you. Our heart prayers are for your strength, peace and comfort as only Almighty God can give. Peace to my cousin Cecelia who was so beautiful, smart and witty. Sincere love from tbe Willliams family Melvin, Yolanda, Ronald and Tyler. God bless –

    • Thanks again for your condolences. I will send you an obituary/program. One of the pictures was taken by your dad when you all visited in the 70s. Give my love to your dad and family. Hope to connect soon.

  8. I just now saw Cecilia’s obituary. I am in total shock. I went to John F. Kennedy High with her. She was the nicest school mate you could have ever known. I have not seen Cecilia since we left school 40 years ago. I am saddened by her passing. May our Father God take her in his kingdom and she will be an Angel who has earned her wings.

    So, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Cecilia’s Family. I will truly miss her. RIP my dear classmate and friend!

    • Thank you for your condolences. We purposely posted Cecielia’s graduation photo to remind all of her friends of the love she had for them (including you). Thank you for remembering her. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  9. Wow! I can’t believe this. I have not seen Cecilia for a very long time. But we grew up together in the east side projects. We were good friends back then. I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with her family Jill, Jay and Kevin🙏🏼😢

    • Cha-Cha! I remember you so well. Thank you for your condolences. I hope your family is well. Cecielia will be missed , but never forgotten. Great to hear from you!

  10. I worked with Cecelia and she was a pleasure to work with and was always so caring. My prayers are with hee family. Revelation 21:3-4.

  11. I’ve known Cecilia over 40 or 50 years she was always a straight shooter a beautiful person inside and out gone but never forgotten to the family please accept my heartfelt condolences May Jehovah’s blessings be with y’all much love I’ll holla

    • Hey Tim, thank you for the kind words. As you know she’s in Jehovah’s memory. Lets be there to welcome her back in the resurrection. Take care.

  12. Cecielia and my father dated for a while. She honestly played a part in helping raise me. She had a big heart she wanted nothing but the best for me and she made sure I had it. She has taught me a lot for one she opened the door for me to have a relationship with god she also taught me that when you do things for people you don’t do them expecting anything back otherwise your doing it for the wrong reason. I have so many memories with her. We would get our nails done together and have girls days and sleep overs. Everything was not always peaches and cream but when it came to me no matter what she always made sure I was safe and happy. The moment I found out about her passing it took my breath away literally. I want to cry but the thing that stops me is I know she is reunited with her mom and she is happy and at peace. R.I.H

    • Thank you for your kind words and condolences. Cecielia would be so proud of you. I appreciate the fond memories you have of her and the love she had for you too. Take care.

  13. My condolences to the family. Cecielia was such a fun and caring person. May your memories help you with your sadness.

  14. Cecielia and I go way back to Cole Jr High school and we worked at Xcel Energy. I was shocked to learn of her death. She was a very special lady and we laughed together often. Cece you will truly be missed.
    Rest in Heaven
    I’ll remember you always!

    • Hi Sheila,

      Thank you for your condolences. Cecielia spoke of you often with kind words and respect. You fond memories will remain with us all.

  15. Our heartfelt condolences to the Family of Cecielia Williams! God used her to help me and my family with our public service bills and we could not be more thankful! She was so understanding and kind and truly helped us! Thank God for orchestrating our paths to cross. Soar high Ms. Cecielia, you were a manifested blessing on earth!

    • Thank you for your kind words and memory of Cecielia. She loved people and would do what she could to help. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

  16. I was shocked to hear of her passing. I remember those days back in the Curtis Park projects even though I was a little older than her I still remember. It’s amazing how things happen I hadn’t talked nor seen her in years, and to my surprise we were reacquainted on Facebook, and there we talked about our families, her living in DC, and among other things. She will be truly missed.
    Our sincere condolences and prayers to you all.
    Ms. Flora Johnson
    Pamela Johnson Harris
    JoAnn Johnson
    Rickey Johnson

    • Thank you so very much for the kind words and condolences. We were always so fond of you and your family. I remember those days when you would get on Jeffrey and I when we got into things we shouldn’t have. We love you all and again, thank you. Give my love to your family.

  17. In times like these; I realize how much family really means…. Cecielia being the oldest you have always been the cornerstone of your family not the easiest role to play. Though the last few years were full of pain and sorrow you managed to keep your family together despite it all. Suki, now there’s no more pain no more sorrow and you can rest knowing you prepared them well.
    Rest in peace, Cousin we love you and will miss you.
    The Cook’s
    Darrill, Deatriz, Kenard and Jerard

    • Hi Darrill,

      It’s hard to believe, but we truly appreciate your kind words and condolences. We have some fond memories to reflect on. I often think of you when I hear the nickname “Suki.” I made sure to include that in the obituary/program. Give my love to your family.

      P.S. It was nice to see you, Deatriz (Diane), and Kenard at Jonathan’s wedding reception.

  18. Love you sister! you will be missed i am so glade we had are good times together. You was a hard worker and a fighter.You was always there for anybody who needed your help. Love you BIG SISTER! Rest in peace until next time when we meet again.

    Love Jill

  19. To the family I am truly sorry for your loss. I went to school with Cecielia such a very sweet person. May the family draw comfort from God’s word the Bible at this difficult time. 2 Cor 1:3.4

  20. Sorry for ur lost Kevin, Jill,Jay from Paula,sherlynn,Patty,Mike,Reggie we been knowing ya many years our prayers go out to all of u love u the Johnson family.

  21. To Kevin, Jill,Jay sorry for ya,s lost our family go way back from Paula,Sherlynn,Patty,Mikey, Reggie our prayers go out to ya may Jehovah bless u guys love from the Johnson family.

    • Reggie, good to hear from you. I hope all is well. Thank you for your kind words and condolences. Give my love to Paula, Sherlynn, Patty, and Mikey. We love you all and did Cecielia.

  22. It was a pleasure knowing you in junior and senior high school you were always a sweet and warm person. You will be truly miss Rest In Heaven

    • Thank you for your kind words and condolences. I remember Ceceilia taking me to Kennedy basketball games where you were one of the star players. We will miss her, but her memories will remain in our minds and hearts.

    • Thank you for you kind words and condolences. I remember you well. Cecielia will be missed, but never forgotten. Give my love to your family.

  23. Somehow I misplaced, my initial message; so I will try again and this time ‘shorten’ my expressions. My condolences, first to the immediate members, siblings. Kevin, Jill & Jay, with respect and fond memories of hanging out at your home, listening to earth, wind & fire, and Kev’s favorite group ‘the Emotions” and just choppin it up. I will confess, I most enjoyed coming over to get a glimpse of Cecielia, beautiful complexion! She was well chosen and touched by god’s love. She will be missed , but never forgotten. Her memory will live on in each one of us, ‘who’ had the opportunity to meet her, to talk with her without crumbling before her beautiful glow, that ‘lit’ up , when she would come into the room or just walk out the door. She had a beautiful image that I have yet to witness or compare. She will be a sign that do loves us and only want what best for us!!1

    • Man! You nailed it! We had some good times. It is nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words, memories, and condolences. I’m certain Kevin would like to see you. Take care!

  24. I will miss Cecelia she was a friend since junior high school I had an opportunity to spend some time with her over the last year and she will be missed peace and blessing to all the family just hard to believe she’s gone may her rest be peaceful

    • Hey! Thank you for being there for Cecielia. We love you so very much. Your friendship to Cecielia and the family means a lot to us. I’m always excited to see you around town. Thank you for the fond memories, kind words of encouragement, and condolence.

  25. I want to time this time to thank family and friends for sharing their condolences with us. Cecielia touched a lot of lives and will be truly missed. Unfortunately, it is times like this where we connect with childhood friends and extended family. Please know that we truly appreciate your sincere condolences. I couldn’t help but return to my old neighborhood when I saw the names of Cha-Cha Serna, Peggy Guess, Pam Johnson and family, Reggie Johnson and family, Ivory Owens. Thanks for remember Cecielia and her siblings. Darrill, when I saw your post I couldn’t help but remember your reference to Cecielia as “Suki”. I last heard you say that at my wedding in Vegas. My cousin Londie, we love you. My dear Auntie Charlena, thanks for sending Cecielia a greeting card when she was sick. We appreciate your condolences too. Janice Mosely and Vernon Tabor, thank you. I remember you both so well. As for so many other, I’ve heard Cecielia mention you by name – “Sweets, Sheila Parker, etc. Again, thank you.

    On behalf of Kevin, Jill, and Jay we thank you for your kind words of comfort and encouragement. As for me, I take comfort in the following Scriptures: John 5:28, 29, Acts 24:15. Revelation 21:3, 4

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