Emma Lydia Hall Williams was born on November 19, 1938, to Earnest Ealy Hall and Emma Lee Vick-Hall. She was the 8th of 9 children. She departed this earthly life, bound for her heavenly home on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Emma grew up in Harrison and Riesel, Texas and attended Rising Star Elementary School in Riesel. She graduated from A.J. Moore High School in Waco, Texas.
Emma married Morris Ray Williams, Sr on June 17, 1961. To their union one son was born, Morris Ray Williams, Jr. Emma started working right out of high school and was interested in retail and sales. She was one of the first black cashiers who worked for Woolworth in Waco. She also worked at the Revco Drug Store in Waco and Levine's Clothing store in Bellmead.
Emma joined Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America at a young age. She was an active member of the church from the beginning. Emma sang in a small youth group called The Gloria Heirs and then as she grew up, made her way to the Adult Choir. She was a Sunday School Teacher, part of the Hospitality Committee and for a time served as the President of the Local and State Women's Missionary Department.
Emma Lydia, affectionately nicknamed “Lu Lu”, loved her family and friends. She made it part of her life's work to keep in touch with family members locally, nationally, and also used her influence to connect family members and friends together. She was the matriarch of the Hall family. She took great interest in working with others to plan, organize and participate in the Hall Family reunions and other family gatherings. Her love and dedication to her family also lead her to be a caregiver in times of need for several family members, which included her mother, Emma Lee Vick, her sister and brother-in-law, Minnie and Leonard Woods, Sr, and her husband, Morris, Sr. Even during her retirement years, Emma continued to stay active in the community by volunteering at the local Meals on Wheels.
Emma always had an encouraging word to share. She shared her faith in God and the love that He instilled in her with others. She stood by her words of, "Put God first in everything you do", and often referenced one of her favorite scriptures, Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not to thy own understanding. But in all your ways acknowledge him, and he"
"shall direct thy path. "
Emma's presence will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. She leaves to cherish the memories: her loving and devoted son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Jocelyn Williams, a supportive niece and caregiver, Ethel Donowue (Eddie), and an overflowing list of other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends
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