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Ann Spry Williams

January 25, 1939October 12, 2019

Ann Williams went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2019 among family in Virginia Beach. She was born January 25, 1939 in South Norfolk to Purvis Spry and Mabel Spry Newsome. Ann spent her life in Tidewater working as a legal secretary and a business owner. She was a long-time member of Rock Church in Virginia Beach. She was an avid traveler and at one time in her life owned a travel agency. One of her favorite trips was to Jerusalem, Israel. Ann is preceded in death by her father, Purvis Spry; mother, Mabel Spry Newsome; and sister, Mildred Spry Amati of California. Left to remember Ann is her loving husband of 35 years, Elliott Williams; three sons, William (Bill) Higgins and his wife Sandy of Norfolk, Dallas Kevin Higgins and his wife Joan of Nederland, Texas, and James (Jim) Higgins and wife Sherry of Norfolk. Her grandchildren; Kelley Higgins, Brian Higgins, James Higgins Jr., Bradley Higgins, Ryan Rice, and Erin Higgins. Between Ann and Elliot there were 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 7 great great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rock Church 640 Kempsville Rd. Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464


  • Purvis Spry, Father (deceased)
  • Mabel Spry Newsome, Mother (deceased)
  • Mildred Spry Amati, Sister (deceased)
  • Elliott Williams, Husband
  • William "Bill" Higgins, Son
  • Sandy Higgins, Daughter-in-law
  • Dallas Kevin Higgins, Son
  • Joan Higgins, Daughter-in-law
  • James Jim Higgins, Son
  • Sherry Higgins, Daughter-in-law
  • Kelley Higgins, Grandchild
  • Brian Higgins, Grandchild
  • James Higgins, Jr, Grandchild
  • Bradley Higgins, Grandchild
  • Ryan Rice, Grandson
  • Erin Higgins, Grandchild
  • Between Ann and Elliott there were 8 Children, 18 Grandchildren, 33 Great-Grandchildren and 7 Great Great-Grandchildren.

  • Bill Higgins
  • Kevin Higgins
  • Jim Higgins
  • Brian Higgins
  • James Higgins, Jr.
  • Ryan Rice



  • Visitation Monday, October 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 21, 2019


  • Burial: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens


Ann Spry Williams

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Marsha fink

October 21, 2019

So much love to you, Ann for everything you are and for everything you were to your family and ours....I can’t begin to thank you enough for loving my dad, and for being his caregiver for the past 35 years...I feel so blessed.....words can’t express the love and appreciation I have for you....you were his rock...so grateful that the Lord crossed your paths and I gained a second family....Love you always.....Love your sons and their families....eternally grateful.....Rest in Peace, Ann....forever in my heart.....’til we meet again....

Barbara Rice

October 21, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. She was a beautiful and gracious lady. My sympathy to all.

Nancy Hanna

October 16, 2019

Dear Elliot and family, We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Ann's passing. Ann was such a lovely lady, and and so givng of herself to others. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Sincerely, your Ameri-Cana friends, Tim and Nancy Hanna

Angelina Amati

October 16, 2019

Aunt Ann you will forever be in my heart. As heartbreaking as this is I know you are at peace and with the rest of the family. I will forever cherish the memories of your vacation here to see your California family.

Jim Tardio

October 16, 2019

Elliot, I am so very sorry to learn of Ann’s passing. Although I only knew her during the time she and you spent in Florida the last few years, it was easy to see her support and affection for you, and you for her.