Leona Mae Williams


             Leona Mae Williams, 98, died Tuesday morning at the St. Mary’s Villa where she resided for the past 7 years.  She formerly resided at the Hayes-McDade Apartments, Clarks Summit and in West Scranton.  She was the wife of Tudor Williams who died in 1989.

            Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late James H and Emma Decker.  She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and retired as an administrative assistant for the former Blair and Company of Scranton.  She was a member of the First United Church of Christ where she had served on the church council and chaired the memorial fund.  She had been a member and former chair of the Women’s Circle and the Quilters.  She also volunteered at CMC.

            Leona was a woman of deep faith and enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.

            Surviving are two sons Rev. James T. Williams and his wife Rev. Linda of Allentown and William Williams and his wife Barbara of Nashville, Tn.; two grandchildren Jamie and Christopher; four step grandchildren Dawn Johnson, June Piggott, Kelly Hardin and Jamie Cacchio; nine great grandchildren; a sister Marion Decker of Scranton; nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by a brother Howard and a sister Louise.

            A memorial service will be held Friday at 11am in the First United Church of Christ, corner of N. Bromley Ave and Price St, West Scranton officiated by her son the Rev. James T Williams.

            The family will receive friends from 10am until time of the service at the church.

            Arrangements by the Vanston and James Funeral Home under the direction of Robert C. Jones.

            To send the family an online condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


  1. Mary & Bob O'Hora

    Jim, Bill and families –
    Your Mom was one of our favorite parents, a wonderful woman who will always be in our hearts and prayers. May God keep her close in peaceful rest and comfort you. The O’Horas

  2. Becky Bailey

    RIP, Leona. Your family and friends will miss you.
    Condolences to all the family.

  3. Don Wiltshire

    Jim and Bill, a more positive influence could not be found in the “old neighborhood.” Your mother always had a smile and a good word for everyone.

    Don Wiltshire
    Scottsdale, AZ

  4. Merideth Greschuk Sellars and Family

    I am sorry I cannot be there with you all for the service this week. Jeff, Ryan, Jadyn and I send our love, hugs and deep sadness as we have lost our beloved Aunt Leona. I am so glad I was able to visit this past September and see her beautiful smile and vibrant personality. She was a very special woman to us all and know that her, Grandpa, Uncle Tudor and Aunt Louise are in heaven playing cards, eating ice box cake and continuing to fill our hearts with love. My love to you all and my deepest sympathies, Merideth

  5. Darren Greschuk and Family

    Deepest condolences to the Williams family. We will all miss her dearly. I wish we could pay our respects in person. With love, Darren, Tammy, Lillian, Annabelle, & Olivia Greschuk

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