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“Another village Queen has received her crown.”
This Queen entered into eternal rest Thursday, August 10, 2023.
Ada Lee Williams (Neff), born May 19, 1929, performed her duties as a servant to God, as a faithful wife and the most caring Mother. God was her foundation; her spouse of sixty-two years John W. Williams was her strength. During his twenty-four-year honorable military career she was at his side raising eight children - Pops as the provider and Mom as captain of the household. They were successful in establishing a solid home. As Captain, in a house of athletes, she was the point guard, quarterback and starting pitcher. She called the plays, put everyone in position and threw the first pitch. If you as part of the supporting cast did not perform, you were benched. Neff taught, nurtured and put her children and everyone she touched in a position to be successful, responsible and diligent in their daily lives. Along with her own eight children she also raised numerous others as their day care mother.
Ada was born on Sugarloaf Mountain, in Gause, Texas where she lived her early years; eventually moving to Mart, Texas. She graduated from Moore High School located in Waco, TX. At the age of fifty-two she stepped into the world of employment, outside of the household. Her reasoning to seek a job was, “I’m bored, there are no more children.” During this time, she attended San Antonio College (SAC) and received her certification as a nutritionist. Her employment at Bethel Church Senior Center lasted for eighteen years. She was a member of the El Patio Social Club and was the club’s last surviving member. Ada enjoyed the fun and the camaraderie of the ‘girls’ of The Birthday Club, which her membership of over forty years will leave two surviving members.
Greater Joy Temple (COGIC) served as her church home for fifty-plus years. She loved her pastors during this time and served in different capacities under the leadership of Elder R. T. Iglehart, Pastor Duane Hammond, Pastor Edward Kemper, and Pastor Dewey C. Johnson. She spoke lovely of the church membership and of course love for the children, as they gave their lives to Christ and as she watched them grow up in the church. As a ‘Mother of the Church’ a position she cherished and loved, aligned with her duties as a Mother to many. Her Lord gave her assignments and as an obedient servant we are sure God said, “Job well done.”
Neff spent ninety-four blessed years on this earth. She was preceded in death by her spouse John W. Williams; two grandchildren (Jamon and Danielle); two great-grandchildren (Breylan and Reese), parents (Giles and Alberta Anderson); three brothers (Giles II, Claud and Aaron Anderson). Also, two son-in-laws (Jesse Green and Al Brooks).
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Daughter - Vanessa Kay; Sons-Norman (Cynthia), Lee (Bernadette), John (Peggy), Jeffrey (Kaye), Bruce (Brenda), Danny (Betty), Michael (Twana). Her siblings - Nadine Watson, Willie Anderson, Sam Anderson and Billy Anderson. Thirty-grandchildren, thirty-six great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. God-Daughter Stephanie Hall-Rook. Vanessa Griffin and Shawn Small. Daughters-in-Love - Lucy Hall and Mary Mack. Two Sister-in-laws Sally Anderson and Phyllis Anderson. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. And all her Monterey St. Kids, who loved “Ms. Ada”.
A THOUGHT ON HER LIFE
‘Mom was focused on the main things that allowed her to minister and teach effectively in the area GOD has ordained specifically for her.’