Gloucester, MA — Elizabeth “Betty” L. (Stickney) Williams, 94, wife of the late Theodore “Ted” P. Williams of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at her home, overlooking "her creek" at Good Harbor Beach, on Saturday October 5, 2013.
Born in Gloucester on March 4, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Margaret (Duff) Stickney.
Elizabeth graduated from Gloucester High School in 1936. As a young woman, she worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone and Telegraph for six years, and later worked as a chief operator's clerk. Following her marriage to Ted, a prominent Gloucester High School football athlete, she ran The Williams Guest House for more than 40 years.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Many of the guests who stayed with her also thought of Betty as "Mom" or "Gram." She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Elizabeth was very devout in her faith, serving as a longtime member of The Ladies' Sodality at St. Peter's Church, and later, as a member of St. Ann's Church.
Elizabeth is survived by daughters, Margaret Corkum and husband, Robert, of Salisbury, Mass. and Theo Pothier and husband, Joseph, of Merrimac, Mass.; her sons, Theodore C. Williams and wife, Mary, of Gloucester, and Jeffrey Williams and wife, Loretta, of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Elizabeth McAndrews and husband, Patrick, of Haverhill, Mass., Robert F. Corkum and wife, Jessica, of Bangor, Maine, Eric and Melissa Corkum of Newburyport, Mass., Margaret Strukel and husband, Charles, of Hampton Falls, N.H., Christopher Corkum of Los Angeles, Calif., Kathleen Amengual and husband, Adam, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Erin Glenn and husband, Darryl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Elizabeth "Liz" Schulze and husband, David, of Colorado Springs, and Matthew MacLeod and wife, Heather, of Haverhill, Mass.; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.
In addition to her husband of more than 50 years, Elizabeth was predeceased by a son, Mark S. Williams.
The family would like to thank the VNA/Hospice for their compassionate care, and most especially, we thank Mom's most attentive caregivers, Georgina Archibald and Sandra Bishop.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Wednesday, October 9, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Ann's Church ,at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, October 8, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
Condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.