BRUNSWICK – Priscilla R. Williams, 86, formerly of Sherman, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at Mid Coast Senior Health Center. She was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Merrill, daughter of Wendell D. and Barbara M. Rockwell Corliss. She attended Sherman schools and graduated salutatorian from Sherman High School in 1939. She later graduated from Ricker College, Houlton. After college, she worked in New York City on Wall Street as a secretary and bookkeeper. She then worked at Fellows Gear Shaper, Springfield, Vt., during the war effort. It was there that she met her future husband. In 1946, Priscilla married W. Stanley Williams, and they lived on and operated her family’s potato farm in Sherman on Golden Ridge, overlooking beautiful Mount Katahdin. She also served as town manager of Sherman and was a very involved proponent of the Right-to-Know Law, and of people doing the right thing, ethically and morally. Priscilla also served as secretary to the superintendent of schools, and worked at Maine Potato Processing Co., Island Falls. Priscilla was passionate about horses and owned several. She rode all of her life and was well educated about them. She mentored many young riders, including her grandchildren, and was a member of equestrian organizations. She had many friends of all ages, across generations, who were like extended family to her. Priscilla had a positive outlook on everything; even when faced with illness, she was a resilient woman. Her family was most important to her and she enjoyed numerous family celebrations and gatherings throughout the years. She especially loved her cat, Callie, who will miss her dearly. She is survived by her husband, with whom she celebrated her 63rd wedding anniversary in March, W. Stanley Williams of Brunswick; two daughters, Rebecca A. Williams and her husband, James Henderson, of Harpswell and Sheila W. Mather and her husband, Dana, of South Portland; her sister, Eula Roberts and her husband, Judson, of Augusta; four grandchildren, Brady G. Williams, Leslie E. Gardner and her husband, Doug, Justin W. Mather and Angela Johnson, and Joshua H. Mather; and four great-grandchildren, Sophia Gardner, Madison Gardner, Cameron Mather and Colby Mather. Private services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, 80 Elm St., Portland, ME 04101 or Rockin’ T Equine Rescue, 60 Edgecomb Road, Lisbon Falls, ME 04252. Arrangements are in the care of Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick. Condolences may be expressed at www.brackettfuneralhome.com.
PRISCILLA R. WILLIAMS
Posted June 03, 2009, at 7:44 p.m.