Ann Woodruff Lewis Williams, a remarkable soul, graced this world on April 24, 1942, in Ford, VA, and peacefully departed on September 26, 2023, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Ann’s life was a testament to love, faith, and unwavering dedication.
Born to Robert A. Lewis and Elizabeth L. Lewis, she shared her early years in a humble, two-room home filled with boundless love. Throughout her journey, Ann radiated genuine friendship and a deep love for God, touching the hearts of all fortunate enough to cross her path.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marion Lewis Greenberg, and her beloved husband, Ronald L. Williams. She leaves behind a legacy that will forever inspire those who knew her.
Ann’s passions were as diverse as her love was boundless. She found solace in service to her church, the tranquility of fishing, the beauty of birdwatching, the joy of music, the taste of garden-fresh tomatoes, the serenity of the ocean, and an unwavering commitment to her family.
As a devoted mother, Ann’s first priority was to secure a Christian education for her children, and she extracted a promise from her husband, Ronald, before agreeing to marriage to ensure this. Her dedication to her family was unwavering, and she worked tirelessly in various roles, from driving a church school bus to working at a lunch counter and even within her children’s school.
Ann’s true calling came at the age of 38 when she pursued a career as a nurse. Her role as an LPN allowed her to extend the same unconditional love for which she was known, coupled with her unique sense of humor. Ann’s infectious laughter was a gift she shared generously with her children and grandchildren. After an illness in 2009, Ann decided her new job was being a Prayer warrior. She took this job very seriously and joyfully. She had a list and prayed for over 400 people every day. Her family believed she had a direct line to Gods ear.
Ann leaves behind a loving family, including her children: daughter April W. Stover, son Ronald E. Williams (wife Angela), stepdaughter Nancy Ronkartz (husband John), and goddaughter Maxine Morgan. She is also survived by her brothers, Daniel Lewis (wife Carol) and Robert Lewis (husband Duber). Ann’s legacy extends through her nine cherished grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, all of whom held a special place in her heart. Additionally, she leaves behind a host of treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ann’s love, laughter, and unwavering devotion will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In her memory, may we find inspiration to share love, faith, and laughter as she did throughout her remarkable life.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023, at Petersburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 300 Poplar Drive Peterburg, Virginia 23805. Interment will follow in Ford Seventh-Day Adventist Church Cemetery, 8309 Wells Road Ford, Virginia 23850. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at the Crater Road Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3935 S. Crater Road Petersburg, Virginia 23805. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Petersburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry, 300 Poplar Drive Petersburg. Online condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com