On June 30, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, Sandra Jean (Carter) Williams was born the oldest of two children to Louise Bobbitt and Hiram Dennis. Having pursued studies in business and social sciences at Chicago Teacher’s College, she accepted a position in Auditing with the Internal Revenue Service, skills that later served her well both in corporate America and among the many friends and neighbors she helped who sought out her tax preparation guidance over the years.
She married, John Williams in 1963. A loving mother, Sandra raised four beautiful children while working full-time – Robin Sharlene, John Fitzgerald, Anthony Lorenzo, and Julius Vincent – all industrious, academically – sharp, and self-motivated individuals. Her supervision and management skills sharpened by the hard work of single motherhood allowed Sandra to took a position at the Abraham Lincoln Center, on Chicago’s South Side. There, she empowered and assisted under-employed and unemployed adults as well as those with developmental disabilities. Her passion was well received and appreciated as she moved from serving in Administration as their Senior Intake Specialist to later as their Office Manager for over fifteen years.
Sandra was a spirited personality. She was always a sharp & stylish dresser who loved entertaining and hosting get-togethers with her family and friends. Her favorite expression was, “Why don’t you come over? I just cooked.” She had an incredible and fun sense of humor that could force a smile from anyone, yet she never had difficulty ‘reading the riot act’ to someone she felt was in need of it. Her favorite pastime was spent fishing or attending Bingo and she loved to “throw something on the grill” while tending to her flowers in the yard.
She was a 13-year breast cancer survivor and was called home by the Lord on December 6, 2019. She will forever be loved and missed by all of us that have been blessed to know her.
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