Mrs. Wanda definitely lived a life to be celebrated. Although her passing into the next life seems sad to all of her family and friends that she leaves behind, reality is her transitioning into her next life should be thought of as an accomplishment. She has moved on from this life of pain. She has moved on from this life of hardships. She has moved on from this life of stress. She has officially arrived in the Promise Land.
Mrs. Wanda Jean Williams was born to Loretta Frison and Curtis Williams in Hobbs, NM on January 11, 1952. Until her teenage years, she resided in Hobbs with her mother, aunts, and an assortment of cousins. Growing up surrounded by all of this love and family, Wanda was said to be extremely spoiled. Around the age of 16, she relocated to Portland, OR. Not long after the move, she was blessed with her first child, Jacqueline Williams, in 1968. Three years later, Wanda was again blessed with her second child, Lekishia Williams, who came along in 1971. She raised her girls as a single mother with the help of family until 1975 when she married her first and only husband, Carlson Williams.
Carlson and Wanda enjoyed forty-seven years together. Throughout her marriage, Wanda was heard many times expressing how Carlson was her one and only, her true love, which he remained until her last day.
Wanda worked a few different jobs throughout her time in Oregon. In her younger years, she was a bartender at the Overlook Restaurant. She also dedicated years to the healthcare profession as a caregiver and a housekeeper for a number of assisted living facilities throughout the city. Her jobs at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon and custodial work at the Arlene Schnitzer building, finished up the last of her working years.
Mrs. Wanda Williams had the most beautiful heart and the purest spirit. She was selfless, loyal to a fault, and generous beyond her means. There was no limit to how much she loved her family. She had no problem telling those around her what was on her mind and telling you like it is. Truly, Mrs. Wanda Williams was one of a kind. How much her family will miss her, can never be described with words. The love we have for her is endless.
Wanda leaves to mourn her memory, her husband, Mr. Carlson Williams (Portland, OR) two daughters, Jacqueline A. Williams and Lekishia Williams (Portland, OR; stepdaughter, Necole
Williams (Portland, OR); seven grandchildren, CarDea S. Fulmer, Ashia Q. Holloway, Shaquala Allen, Darrien M. Etherly, Tyrone L. Allen, Dasani Baines, and Donia T. Baines (all of Portland, OR); six great-grandchildren, Kiearie M.J. LaBauve, Zier L. Savage, Kleanie J. LaBauve, Nyzere Savage, Dkaree M. Mondaine, and Darriana Etherly (all of Portland, OR); brothers, Briceton Branch and George Powe III; nieces, Jon’Na A. Malone, Raven S. Smith, and Ricar L. Ross (all of Portland, OR); as well as a host of cousins, many extended family members, and countless friends. Wanda is welcomed with open arms in heaven by her mother, Loretta Frison; father, Curtis Williams; her sister, Sophia Frison-Phelps; and her dearest friend, her “Potna” Mrs. Mittie Chaney.
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