Patricia Ann Williams
June 21, 1936 – June 21, 2020
Patricia Ann Williams June 21, 1936 – June 21, 2020
The world lost a truly unique and remarkable person last Sunday with the passing of Patti Williams. It’s difficult to describe and define the life she led, but we will do our best to do her story justice.
The deaths of her mother, Flora, and older brother, Freddie, and the less-than-humble beginnings into which she was born forced Patti to grow up at an early age. While she was not the first person to face such a challenge, there was never anyone better at accepting it. She held down jobs when she was too young to work. And raised her sisters when she had not yet grown herself. A process that not only made her fiercely protective, but molded her into the caring and compassionate woman she became. Patti approached her youth with a sisters-first mentality. Making sure they had what they needed before ever thinking of herself.
With love and support from her Aunt, Eleanor and Uncle, Chuck Church, Patti emerged from her childhood determined to create a life she could be proud of. That plan began to take shape when a friendship with Tom Williams that had lasted their entire childhoods became something more. Tom and Patti were married and remained that way for 62 years. They were inseparable as the details of Patti’s life unfolded.
She attended Ball State University, where she studied art and was selected as the university’s Blue Key Sweetheart. Refer to page 170 of the 1958 Ball State yearbook and you’ll see why. Patti was beautiful inside and out.
As a local artist, she specialized in pen and ink, as well as oil painting. While her work was displayed in numerous art shows, she was most proud of having her winter and holiday sketches selected as the images for Christmas cards to benefit Turnstone, an organization dedicated to helping disabled children. Patti was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority of Fort Wayne. She was also a member of the South Milford United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women’s Group and the local chapter of Red Hats.
Devoted to her husband and family, her favorite activities were family functions. Nothing made Patti happier than being surrounded by the people she loved most.
Husband Tom Williams. Children Tammi Williams, Torri Carey (Rick Carey), Tom Williams (Julie Williams). Beloved Mother and Father-In-Law, Claude and Lois Williams. Sisters Elinor Sue Jones (Fred Jones), Becky Baker (Gerald Baker), Cathy Stephen-Miller (Tom Miller). Sisters-In-Law Betsy Ritchie (Jay Ritchie), Beckie Elwell, (Bill Elwell).
Patti had six grandchildren. Alex Carey, Emma Carey (Evan Honeycutt), Amy Williams, Mark Williams, Nathan Williams, Natalie Williams. To say they were her pride and joy would be a monumental understatement.
She had 13 nieces and nephews. Inexplicably, every one of them was her favorite. Or at least they believed they were.
Patti was known for her homemade candy caramels, holiday pies and cakes that had more than enough icing. She was a good sport, spending summers in primitive log cabin fishing camps, or cooking over a campfire in the Smoky Mountains. She always had a bright smile and sparkling blue eyes. She loved family gatherings at Big Long Lake, the Fourth of July on the pontoon and hugs that lasted an extra beat. Most of all, she loved us.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. While it’s difficult not to be surrounded by all the people who loved Patti during this unique and difficult time, we feel the love and support of all our family and friends. And it is deeply appreciated.
Gift’s in Patti’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association can be made at alz.org
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Patricia Ann Williams
Tom & Liz Hill
June 30, 2020
We are so very sorry for your loss. Having heard Tommy talk so often about his mom, I know she was a wonderful lady. We are praying that you will be comforted some by warm memories.
Kent & Carol Maxwell
June 26, 2020
We met Tom and Patti Williams when they moved to the Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne. Tom lived in a villa down the street from us, and Patti lived in the memory care area of the Living Center at first. As chaplain at Heritage Pointe FW, Kent had many opportunities to visit with Patti, and I would often see Patti and Tom at the Living Center while he pushed her in the wheelchair to and from various activities. What an example of dedication, love, and caring Tom was!! Patti hardly ever met people without a beautiful smile! After reading Patti's obituary, we wish we had known her years before we met her--she must have been a wonderfully talented lady. What a couple they made! :-)
Charles and Carolyn Welch
June 25, 2020
We were saddened to learn of Patty’s death. She had a long and difficult struggle. We pray that she is now with God in eternal rest and peace. We are also praying that God will give you comfort and support at this very difficult time.
Chuck and Carolyn
June 24, 2020
Patty was truly a special lady. She always had a beautiful smile for everyone .... And such an incredible artist! Sending love and our heartfelt condolences to the family. You are in our prayers.
Dennis and Brenda Huff
Mary Ann Hoppe
June 24, 2020
We met Tom and Patty at Big Long Lake . We would all get together for dinners. Patti was so sweet and we shared many stories.
Love to your family,
Mary Ann and Jack Hoppe