Whalen & Ball Funeral Home

168 Park Ave, Yonkers, NY


Loretha M. Williams

September 23, 1931June 12, 2020

Loretha McDonald Williams, 88, transitioned from this earthly life on June 12, 2020 at Calvary Hospital Bronx, NY following a brief illness.

Born on September 23, 1931 in the sleepy rural town of Egypt, Alabama, she was the only child of James and Leola Segrest McDonald. She grew up and was educated in Tuskegee, Alabama; home of the historic WWII Tuskegee Airmen. Her proudest youthful memory was being a member of the high school track team when on two occasions she defeated team mate and future 1948 U. S. Women's Track and Field Olympian Nell Jackson.

On August 3, 1947, she married George Arthur Williams (late) in Tuskegee. They were married for 59 years. The family moved to White Plains, NY in 1951, and some years later settled in Yonkers, NY, where they raised six children and two grandchildren, Tommi Laurice and Antonio.

She was a member and Church Mother at Yonkers InnerFaith Church. Her earlier memberships include the VFW Post #532 Women's Auxiliary, the Hollows Democratic Steering Committee, as well as serving on several local civic organization boards.

Loretha's absolute greatest joy was fishing -- from sun up to sun down.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Janis Thomas of Yonkers, sons, Michael of Yonkers, Ret. SSG Marc (Rebecca) Williams of Texas, a son-in-law Cecil Jenkins; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and a large and loving church family.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by sons Vaughn, Sr., George, Jr, a daughter, Cheryl Jenkins and granddaughter Tawanna Bitting.

She will always be remembered for her humor, sharp wit and loving nature. **Anyone wishing to make a donation in her name is asked to give to Calvary Hospital at www.calvaryhospitalorg/donatenow.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020


Loretha M. Williams

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Devyn Norman

June 19, 2020

Aunt Loreatha,

Thank you for a lifetime of childhood memories. Fishing, gardening, even teaching me to read. Thank you for the cakes you baked me as a child. Thank you for all the love. Forever in my heart. Rest Peacefully,

Jewell Parker Moody

June 17, 2020

Rest in peace mother William's ! I will miss seeing you and Cheryl at Inner Faith when I visit, but the best thing about it is I know you both are with the Lord now. You both will be missed!! God bless!! Until we meet again !! Jewell Parker Moody aka Saffie😙

Linda Williams

June 15, 2020

Mother Loretha was the most caring and loving mother-in-law in the world. She embraced me and made me feel like a third daughter the first time we met.
She loved and doted on her family, especially the kids and grands. Every one knew not to mess with Loretha’s family!

They say give me my flowers while I’m among the living. Mother Loretha received hers and more!!

Forever in our hearts 💕 💕💕