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January 13, 1929 – July 30, 2021
Burial Date August 14, 2021
Funeral Home J. C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home
Cemetery Vine Street Hill Cemetery
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Cornella Grace Williams, loving mother of Estelle Swift, Malcolm Williams, Jr., Diann Jasper (Stephen), Robert Williams (Vanessa), Donald Williams, Kenneth Williams and Paula Williams passed Friday, July 30, 2021, age 92 years.
Visitation Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center. Traditional on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center . Burial at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.
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Celebrating the Life of Cornella “Corn” Grace Williams
Cornella Grace Williams, age 92, of Cincinnati, OH, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 30, 2021, surrounded by her family at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash.
Cornella, fondly known as “Corn,” was born January 13, 1929, in Cincinnati, OH. She was the fourth child, and third daughter, of Nannie Ellen (Samuels) and Lawrence Wesley Coleman, Sr. She married Malcolm Leon Williams, Sr. and was the devoted mother to Estelle, Malcolm Leon, Jr., Diann, Robert, Donald, Kenneth, and Paula.
She was educated in Cincinnati Public Schools and was employed in nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital where she retired in the early 1980s after 30 years of service. Because of her medical work experience, she was often called upon by family and friends for medical advice, sometimes, even before the doctor was called.
Cornella was a sports fan and played on a softball team with her sisters Emma, Winkie, Coonie and Mable in her teens and young-adult years. Her brother-in-law, Leonard was their coach. They say she was a very good ball player with a darn good arm. She was the cheerleader for anyone she knew who was active on any sports team. She had your back!
Cornella loved her family, especially those grand and great-grandchildren. She loved family gatherings and hosted quite a few Christmases and Thanksgiving dinners down through the years. She always attended both, the Williams, and the Coleman family reunions and didn’t miss an opportunity to go out with her special Lunch Bunch ladies. She enjoyed playing games and was a great Bid Whist card player. Her sister Emma taught her how to play Bid Whist and how to win…by cheating. Oh, she was good at that! She also traveled to Hawaii with her dear friend, Mary Stanley.
Cornella loved music, she loved singing and she loved to dance. She joined Truth Temple House of Meditation in 1968 where she was born of the water and of the Spirit under the pastorate of her mother. There, she became God’s singer and dancer and never minded giving God an earnest praise, anywhere. She was a faithful choir member and led one of her favorites, “Let Me Show You How To Move A Mountain.” She was excited about leading devotional service, doing missionary work, ministering the Gospel, and teaching adult Sunday school. She was the church treasurer and remained a respectable Mother of the church. She will always be remembered by her freedom of praising God in the dance. Cornella was still shouting, dancing, serving, and praising God up until the time the Lord called her home to rest.
She had the compassion of Jesus to care for others and passionately served wherever she could be of help. She volunteered her services in nursing homes, and hospitals. She helped individuals and families in their homes. She took exceptionally good care of her physically challenged son and daughter Kenny and Paula and was at ease in her spirit knowing that they had achieved maximum independence and were in a good place.
Cornella was creative with her hands. She knew how to cook, how to interior decorate, how to knit and crochet. She was a self-taught
seamstress, and mainly sewed for her family. Cornella was also a sharp dresser. She was always clean when she stepped out with her family, friends or when she went to church. Don’t even talk about those banquets back in the day because she would come in the door looking like a million bucks.
Cornella was a sheer joy to be with and loved life and living. When things got a little tough and people wondered how she made it through, she would quote a saying that she adopted from her mother, “Just keep living” because Cornella believed that your life experiences were your best teachers. We are going to miss that beautiful smile, that good advice, those kind words and that wonderful, wonderful Holy dance! “ON TO VICTORY!” Cornella was preceded in death by husband, Malcolm Leon Williams, Sr.; brother, Lawrence Wesley Coleman, Jr.; sister, Emma Louise Smith; sister. Marguerite Goodwin; sister, Mary Lou Jones, father, Lawrence Wesley Coleman, Sr. and mother, Mother Shepherdess Nannie Ellen Coleman.
Cornella is survived by her seven children: daughters, Estelle Swift, Diann (Stephen) Jasper, Paula Williams; sons, Malcolm Williams, Jr., Robert Williams (Vanessa), Donald Williams, and Kenneth Williams; nineteen grandchildren, thirty five great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.