memorial

Margaret Louise (Madear) Williams
1923 - 2011

Margaret Louise (Madear) Williams was born at 27 East Pearl Street in Pensacola, Florida on February 10, 1923; the only child of the late Anderson and Annie Bell Williams.

Margaret has worked in many capacities during her lifetime. She worked for the Escambia County School Board for over 30 years, retiring around 1992. After retirement, Margaret along with many of her neighbors formed the organization Citizen's Against Toxic Exposure (CATE). She worked fervently with the CATE organization to inform the local community and the nation of the dangers of the toxins that exist in the Pensacola community and was instrumental in the 3rd largest Superfund relocation program (after Love Canal, New York and Times Beach Missouri)

Madear is survived by her four children: Robert Williams, Deborah (Tony) Moss, Linda Faye White and Francine (Eddie) Ishmael; 11 grandchildren-Jacqueline Kyles, Juanita Williams, Robert (Casey) Williams, Ronald Williams, Erica Ross, Michael Black, Raymonde Terrell, Shantara (Jerry) Mixon, Sheldon Williams, Taryn (Derrick) Hollimon, Kelli Moss; 33 great grandchildren; 14 great grand children, her special adopted daughter-Dr. Sandy Winborne; Her special buddies Ernest (Novella) Kelly, Madge Hemphill and Helen Kelker and numerous other family members and friends, all who will miss her dearly.

 

Ms. Magie Hemphill-Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Carolyn Ross-Friend- Baltimore, MD

Frank Van-Horn Harris- Cantonment, Florida

Dr. Frank A. Sansone- Pensacola, Florida

Dr. Gail E. Honea- Pensacola, Florida

Sandra L. Windborne- Pensacola, Florida

Diane V. Brown- Lynchburg, Virginia

John A. McGhee, - Lynchburg, Virginia (12/28/11) deceased

Ervin & Natalie Floyd & Family- Ft. Lee, Virginia

Damien & Debra Ishmael- Richmond, Virginia

Mr. Lowell T. Smith & Family- Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Louis & Barbara Herbert Smith- Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Haynes- Pensacola, Florida

Deacon & Mrs. Cecil Humbly- Pensacola, Florida

Alan & Jacqueline Moore- Tallahassee, Florida

Mr. Earnest & Novella Kelly- Pensacola, Florida

Jeanne, Brett, Hadley Paben- Orlando, Florida

Rachel Gelbmann- St Petersburg, Florida

Julia Arnold- Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Mae Helen Kelker- Pensacola, Florida

Dr John Lanza & Family- Pensacola, Florida

New Hope Senior Choir- Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Mamie L. Clark- Pensacola, Florida

Gloria Jean Hudgins- Detroit Michigan

Frances Dunham & Alan Peterson
Ashland, Oregon

Mr. & Mrs. John and Virginia Middleton- Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Pearlie M. Parker- Pensacola, Florida

The Hunt Family-Milton, Florida

Mrs. Eloise Savage- Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Barbara Reed- Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Julius Soles-Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Etta Peasant & Family-Pensacola, Florida

Rev & Mrs. George R. Washington & Family- Pensacola, Florida

Jennifer Beachem & Family- Pensacola, Florida

Cinderella Burt, Rosie White & Family- Pensacola, Florida

Berynce & Ted Sims & Family- Akron Ohio

Mr. Jerry & Karla Atkins
Ashley and Brandon Jr.-Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Alvin & Mary Palmer
& Family- Pensacola, Florida

Mrs. Margie Lucas
Shauna Lucas & Terrence Ishmael-Pensacola, Florida

Baptist Life flight Crew- Pensacola, Florida

Lakeview Center Inc-Adult Case Management Department-Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Willie Leisure- Pensacola, Florida

Houser Memorial AME Zion Church- Pensacola, Florida

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church-Pensacola, Florida

Vonjoial Smith & Marion Mosley- Pensacola, Florida

Louis & Voncile Brown-Pensacola, Florida

Equal Rights Progressive Missionary Baptist Association-Pensacola, Florida

Soles, Porter, Woods, Fair and Thomas Family-Pensacola, Florida

New Hope Church Choir 11-Pensacola, Florida

Ms. Sandra Connolly- Charleston, South Carolina

Mrs. Rosa Lee & Family-Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs., Maurice & Carla Womack-Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. & Mrs. Willie Lovelace-MD

Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Cathy Weatherford- Pensacola, Florida

Ms. Patrice Dennis- Pensacola, Florida

Ms. Pamela & Miss. Dominic Jenkins-Jacksonville, Florida

Ms. Barbara Ledbetter- Richmond, California

Polaris Group- Wesley Chapel, Florida

Center for Health & Environmental Justice Board & Staff
Falls Church, VA

Mr. & Mrs., William and Victoria Dvorak-Pensacola, Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Mary Crosby-Saginaw, Michigan
Mr. Rob Greenquest- Milton, Florida

Deb Hild/Cyndi
Edward Jones Investments- Pensacola, Florida

Bessie Dawson-Pensacola, Florida

Senator Bill Nelson
United States Senate
Washington, DC

Juanita Palmer-Pensacola, Florida

William & Gwen Crosby-Pensacola, Florida

Daphne McGhee-Somerset, New Jersey

Representative Jeff Miller
House of Representatives
Washington, DC

Carla Jones& Family-Pensacola, Florida

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Ginny, James, Jamie and Jenna Isaac,
District Heights, Maryland

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Williams Family,

Please accept our condolences for your loss. We are sadden to hear about the passing of Mrs. Margaret. We will keep your family in our prayers and hope you find comfort in the tremendous legacy she left. I have many pleasant childhood memories of your family on Pearl street and some Sunday afternoon visits after attending church at Houser. Although Mrs. Margaret has left to join Christ, she will always be with us in our hearts. So Deborah, Linda Faye, my early childhood classmates and playmates, remember God will see you through, Love you'll.

Ellis Lee Family,
Houston, Texas

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To the Williams family sorry for the loss, of a wonderful person, and mother, and grandmother. I feel deeply saddened as I grew up as a child on pearl street, and can remember as a child begging my family members for a nicle, a or a dime so that i could go Mrs Margarets house so i could get me some cookies, candy, or ice cream. Every time I bought something, I always greeted with open arms, and a warm smile from, Mrs Margaret, or Mrs Annie Bell. God Has now called her home, because he wants her to share her smile, and kindness to others in heavan. I am sending all my prayers to the Williams family for their loss.

Reginald Walker,
Baltimore, Maryland

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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Yvonne Croom-Winters,
Nashville, Tennessee

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Ms. Margaret, It was truly an honor meeting you and working with you when I was at the Health Department. I shared an office with a co-worker involved with CATE. You are a precious woman who served many people and served them well. God Bless you and your family. My prayer go out you and your family.

Tracy (and Wesley) Whiteside

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Mudea sitting hear remembering the smile upon your face and your gentle voice saying "Linda Faye your are blessed as long as you are above ground" I gonna miss our talks on the phone about our health and the funny jokes you told me, and how you made the world light up with your presence, you were definately filled with Heavenly Grace.

No longer can I see your face for you're with God above, but your loving smile and voice will alwasy be tucked in my heart with LOVE. Mudea I know you would not want to see me crying the way I do, but losing you Mudea was losing a part of me, my heart and soul. My heart is broken and hurts so bad and these last days I know will soon come to pass, I just feel right now that I cant make it through. My heart still aches in sadness and my tears Mudea forever flow because no one knows what it meant to lose you, no one will ever know. So Mudea if you hear me crying, its something i cann't control. Just understand Mudea when I'm again with you, I will be WHOLE...MUDEA I LOVE YOU your baby girl 2


Linda Faye,
Riverdale, Georgia

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It has been almost two weeks since we last talked and I kissed you and told you how much I love you. I saw your suffering and you told me you were tired. You prepared us in your own way for this day. It is never easy to understand. And I know that you are in a better place where there is nothing but peace and joy. A part of me left with you. And I am so grateful for the times that I had with you and the many conversations that we shared and a mother advice on living life. I promise to fullfill the legacy that you left with me and the values that you taught us all. I miss you so much Mother the tears will not stop. It gives me joy to know that we will meet again. May you rest in peace with the Father in Heaven and to GOD be the Glory for giving you life and love and the knowledge that had helped so many people on this journey. I love you Madear your baby girl.

Francine Williams-Ishmael,
Pensacola, Florida

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TO THE FAMILY OF MARGARET WILLIAMS. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. MS. MARGARET HELP ME GET MY JOB 34 YEARS AGO AT ARC/GATEWAY. IT WAS A SUMMER JOB AND I WAS HIRED ON FULL TIME AND I'M STILL THERE. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. FROM BARBARA LADD/FAMILY

BARBARA LADD,
PENSACOLA, Florida

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Linda Faye,

Cast your cares on Jesus he will be with you through all the pain. I remember your mom from Woodham and her sweet spirit. She was a positive force in the community, and her concern for other is one we all should emulate.

Deborah Roby,
Pensacola, Florida

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To Linda Faye may God be with you at this time. Always look to Jesus through all your pain he will always be there.

Love Gwen Williams Bolar

Gwen Bolar,
Pensacola, Florida

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I know you shall truly miss madear because you have loving memories. That's what most important; loving memories and her teaching you about Jesus Christ so that you know you will see her again. Orlanda, Claressa, Athena & Cassidy

Orlanda Moore,
Pensacola, Florida

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I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I hope and pray that your sadness with be replaced with loving memories. God bless!

Lesa Crosby-Harley,
Tallahassee, Florida

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May God grant the family and friends of Empress Margaret Williams strength and endurance needed during this transition. Much love to all!

Wanda Wooten Brown

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To Williams may god be with yall of lost of love one. Our prayers and blessing are with yall. COLLEY FAMILY

Pat Colley,
Pensacola, Florida

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R I P Mrs. Williams,

Mrs. Williams help me through DCT program achieve my first job at NAS Pensacola. She was quite the trooper with giving to others. She is such a wonderful lady. We will miss you.
Woodham High School c/o 1984

Deidre Baldwin,
Pensacola, Florida

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To the William's family our prayer are with you all. Remember "Weeping May Endure for a Night,but Joy Come in the Morning."

The Colley's Family

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To the family of the late Mrs. Margaret Williams, I understand your pain at this most difficult time, but I am here to encourage you to hold on to God's unchanging hands, God blessed us to see this wonderful lady who touched so many to be a servant to others. You all will always be in my prayers.

Barry B. Bickham
Pensacola, Florida

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To the family of Mrs. Williams, may you feel God's presence during this time of sorrow. Remember that she is smiling down at us. I worked with Mrs. Williams for a few years and find her to have been a positive impact on the community. She truly cared deeply for the people in her community and was an inspiration to many.

Denise Hodges,
Pensacola, Florida

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TO THE WILLIAMS FAMILY MAY GOD KEEP YOU &BLESS YOU ALL IN THIS TIME OF SORROW.

ANDREW & KATRENA MAXWELL,
Pensacola, Florida

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Margaret L. Williams AKA Madear and I loved each other very much. I know that God provided her as my surrogate mother here in Pensacola. We met in 1988 while working as educators for the Escambia County School District. Madear held on to an (I'm Not Tired Yet) disposition to complete the important tasks that affected the community that she lived in and the world that she knew all deserves. The families from the Rosewood community, who joined with Madear to take on the chemical companies that polluted the area where they resided, benefited from the stance Citizens Against Toxic Exposure (CATE), possessed. I will miss our intellectual discussions on education, politics, and fair treatment. I know Madear is up there with my earthy mother (Lillie) and they are discussing me. My prayer is that they say I served them both well while loving them down here.

Dr. Sandy Winborne
"Special Adopted Daughter"

Sandra Winborne,
Pensacola, Florida

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Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Pat Magee,
Gulf Breeze, Florida

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I am thankful to have known such a beautiful lady. Who treated me like one of her own girls. My prayers are with you Deb Linda Francine & Robert

Troy Scriven,
Olustee, Florida

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To the Williams Family: God created memories so that you can rewind them any time to hear the voice and laughter of your loved one! May the peace of God and the Joy of the Holy Spirit keep you!!!

Deborah Montgomery,
Atlanta, Georgia

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To my brothe-in-law, my nieces and nephews and extended family. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Carry the wonderful memories in your Heart as you go forwared, and with that you will find the strength you need. She will be truly missed. May God Continue to Bless each one of you.

Brenda Lett-Watson

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"May the Lord gives comfort, as you go through your time of sorrow. It was a pleasure to have known such a beautiful LADY. My prayers are for the entire family."

Neise Harris
Pensacola, FL

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To the family of the late Mrs. Margaret L Williams. sending condolences to the family. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you all is my prayer

Cinderella ABurt,
Pensacola, Florida

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Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

John McGhee,
Lynchburg, Virginia

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I feel so blessed to have known Mrs Margaret Williams. She was a BEAUTIFUL lady. Another Angel has been added to Heaven.

Donald Gilchrist Sr,
Temple Hills, Maryland

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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

The Gooding Family

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Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Lovenia DuBose,
Pensacola, Florida

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Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Janice Travis,
Pensacola, Florida

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To the Willam family our prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of bereavment. We hope that you find comfort through these words.

Vanetta Peasant,
Pensacola, Florida

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SAFELY HOME

I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I an now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! But Jesus' love illumined Every dark and fearful glade. And He came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus' arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt or dread? Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still:Try to look beyond earth's shadows, Pray to trust our Father's Will. There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth-- You shall rest in Jesus' land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the pleasure of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

Know that she is watching over all of you.. Be Encouraged my Friends..

E. FAYE MILLENDER,
Lawton, Oklahoma

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TO THE WILLIAMS FAMILY. I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF YOUR MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER. I REMEMBER HER FROM WOODHAM. SHE WAS A VERY NICE PERSON AND TEACHER. I'M SURE SHE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED.

KITTY HOUSE,
Maryland

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To Margerets Family, I have fond memories of working with Margaret while at Woodham High School. She was a fine lady who was also the parent of two of my students, Deborah and Linda. May God be with all of you at this time. Love in Jesus Name.

Helen Dumas, Math Teacher

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Pleae accept my most heartfelt condolences. Mrs. Williams was my teacher in middle school and I will always cherish her memory. She ALWAYS brought out the best in me and I am a better man for it.

T. Hall,
San Diego, California

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With all my heart, I extend my condolence to all of Madear's family. I love you guys. May God bless, keep and comfort you. I know you will miss her always.

Deb Henderson-Nichols,
Pensacola, Florida

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May the God of Peace comfort you during this time. Cherish your memories and honor Madear's legagcy by living the best lives you can.

Remebering each of you in my prayers.

Lena Hopkins Smith,
Ocala, Florida

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Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

David E Williams, Jr,
Pensacola, Florida

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You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

Cecilia A Williams,
Pensacola, Florida

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In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

David E Williams III,
Pensacola, Florida

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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Mary F Williams,
Pensacola, Florida

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To the Williams Family may God keep you and bless you all in time of sorrow.

Jackie Pugh,
Pensacola, Florida

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My heart and prayers are with your family, and may God continue to strengthen you through this time. The Wiggins Family

Olisa Wiggins,
Pensacola, Florida

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A heart felt sympathy to the Williams family. The love for her family will live on forever.

Linda Yelder,
Tallahassee, Florida

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As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Jennifer Williams-Robinson,
Pensacola, Florida

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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate your mother life well lived. May God bless you and your family.

Pat Peavy Watts & Family
Patricia Peavy-Watts,
Pensacola, Florida

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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Tony DuBose,
Slidell, Louisiana

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To the Williams Family,

I was very saddened to hear about your mother's passing. She was someone that really lived every day to the fullness. While I know that words are only a small gesture of support, I want you to know that her spirit has touched many people's lives as it has mine. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
My deepest sympathy and love to you and yours,
Mr.& Mrs. Richard Straughn

Jackie Straughn

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We are praying for your family during your time of sorrow. May God keep and bless you all.

Loreyonna Johnson-Williams,
Pensacola, Florida

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Carolyn Baldwin-Talton,
Pensacola, Florida

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To Margaret Louise Williams' Family: My heart is grieved over the demise of my spiritual mother,teacher and long time friend. While words will never be adequate to describe the pain of no longer enjoying her presence. I am eternally grateful that she left to us her love, passion, hope, help, expectation and transformation as she advanced the Kingdom of God. Margaret Louise Williams legacy will live on through those she greatly touched.
My prayers and condolences are with the family and friends, as we walk together by the mercy of God.
May God give us the courage to continue her great work!

Prayerfully,
Rev. Dr. Willie D. Young,"June Bug"
Orlando, Florida

Willie D. Young,
Orlando,, Florida

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Anthony E. Sangfield,
Albany, Georgia



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