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Frances Lott Williams left behind a life of service

October 22, 2003
Rebecca Hood-Adams, Lifestyles Editor
Clarksdale Press Register

"She never gave up," says daughter Frances Williams Stewart of Jackson. "She was determined to make a difference."

Mrs. Williams, 63, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at her home of complications from multiple sclerosis.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. today at 1505 Holly St.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. George's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Randall Sartin officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery. Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Born Oct. 6, 1940, in Greenwood, Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Greenwood High School.

"I loved hearing her talk about her childhood - walking to school, playing with her sisters," says Stewart. "She maintained her ties with all her high school friends throughout her entire life."

Mrs. Williams - who attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. - earned her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Mississippi.

For 28 years her husband, the late Kenneth Ogden Williams, served Coahoma County in the state Legislature.

"She campaigned relentlessly, going door-to-door in Walls, Tunica and Hernando as the district lines shifted," says Stewart. "I mean, she worked every block. Never mind that she had MS or used a cane; if there was an hour left in the day, she was going to campaign.

"All those years, she'd seen the phone calls my father would get from constituents at 10 o'clock at night who were desperate for help for a family member. She just believed that he could do a lot for the people here.

"My mother didn't give up on anything - me, campaigning, MS, doing things for the community. And she did it all with such poise and grace. There was always a smile on her face."

Former president of the Clarksdale Junior Auxiliary, Mrs. Williams was the former chairwoman of the Altar Guild at St. George's Episcopal Church, where she also taught Sunday School. She was a former board member of the Northwest Council of the Girl Scouts of America.

Preceded in death by her husband and her parents, Frances and Hardy Lott, Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter, Frances Williams Stewart of Jackson; two grandsons, William Coy Neal of Washington, D.C., and Kenneth Ogden Williams Stewart of Jackson; and three sisters, Edna Lott Franklin of Greenwood, Marley Lott of Houston, Texas, and Hardy Lott of Washington, D.C.

Memorials may be made to either the Mississippi chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 145 Executive Drive, Suite 1, Madison, MS 39110; or St. George's Episcopal Church, 106 Sharkey Ave., Clarksdale, MS 38614.

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