Elaine Cecily Williams_"St.Claire" 10/08/1927 - 11/04/2005


Martin's Home for Services

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Elaine Cecily Williams of West Orange, New Jersey died on Friday, November 4th, 2005 in West Orange, New Jersey. She lived a full and purposeful life for seventy-eight years.


“Claire,” as she was affectionately known by all who new her, was born on October 8, 1927 in New York, NY to the late Cecily and Oliver Gordon. She graduated from Walton High School in Bronx, New York with the class of 1944.


The eldest of three children, Claire was predeceased by her brothers, Miles O’Brion Gordon and Franklin Lolyd Gordon. 


In 1947, she married Dr. Eric Stone Williams, Jr., and together they created the loves of their lives, their four children. Claire spent much of her professional career in retail and dedicated considerable time to volunteering for United Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, the United Negro College Fund, the League of Women’s Voters, the Remedial Reading Program at Heywood School in Orange, New Jersey, the Leaguers a community based organization in Newark and various Democratic campaigns over the years. 


Gregarious, spunky, charismatic, charming, witty, fun-loving, easy-going, stylish, gentle in spirit, all describe the lonely and affable “St. Claire” who truly lived well, laughed often and loved much. She was an avid reader, a competitive, scrabble and bridge player and a golf enthusiast who enjoyed shopping, the joys of life and vacationing on a cruise or to Martha’s Vineyard. But the most important aspect of her life was her family!


Claire is survived by: her children, Richelle B. Williams (Ricki), Eric Stone Williams, III, Ellen Claire Williams and Stephanie Williams Thompson; her daughter-in-law, Naina Williams; her son-in-law, Joshua Thompson; her five grandchildren, Tiffany Curl, Eric and Kyra Williams and Avery and Jaden Thompson; in addition to a host of relatives and friends.  

Favorite Quote

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

10/07/13 : a family connection was made with Stephanie Williams Thompson
10/07/13 : a family connection was made with Richelle B. Williams
10/07/13 : a family connection was made with Eric Stone Williams III
10/07/13 : a family connection was made with Ellen Claire Williams
10/07/13 : a connection was made with Martin's Home for Service Inc.