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November 6, 1934 — December 10, 2023

Harrison Valley, PA


Verna W. WILLIAMS, 89, of Harrison Valley, PA, formerly of Hudson, FL and Lenox, MA, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 10, 2023 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  


Born November 6, 1934, in Great Barrington, MA, she was the daughter of E. Frank and Ethel Stevens West.  On July 9, 1955, in Sheffield, MA, she married Theodore Ryder Williams, Jr., who survives.  A graduate of Sheffield High School, she earned a degree in nursing from Hartford (CT) Hospital School of Nursing.  After graduating from nursing school, she employed by Sharon Hospital, Sharon, CT, as a registered nurse in the ICU for 22 years and then by Hillcrest Hospital in Pittsfield, MA in the ER department for a short time.  Verna loved the Lord and serving Him, spending time with family, gardening, sewing, and traveling.  In their retirement, Ted and Verna became adventurous.  They ditched the kids and set off sailing the ocean blue for two years.  When they returned to land, their love for the Lord led them to join Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS) for nine years, volunteering their time and talents for Christ.  


Surviving besides her husband of 68years, Ted, are: six children, Cynthia Dale of Lenoir, NC, Kimberly (Pastor Kenny) Latimore of Garner, NC, Carolyn (P.J.) Yerrick of Harrison Valley, Verna Jean (David) Lukehart of Simsbury, CT, T. Ryder Williams, III of Chester, VT, and Victoria Dawson of Los Angeles, CA; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two siblings, Elenor Lachman and Ronald “Bud” West.  


Friends may call at the family home in Harrison Valley on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM, with a brief private family service following at 5:00 PM.  Rev. Kevin Cornish will officiate.  Burial will be in Sheffield, MA.  Cremation was at OLNEY-FOUST Private Crematory.  


Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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