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Annie Laurie Williams, 88

February 3, 2014

Annie Laurie Williams, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

She was born October 29, 1925, in North Point, Pa., the only child of the late Dale B. and Lillian (Shields) Crawford.

Mrs. Williams was a retired teacher of the business curriculum in the Punxsutawney School District.

She also instructed the Secretarial Technology program at Jeff Tech and was a part-time teacher at IUP, Punxsy Campus.

Until her illness, Mrs. Williams was an active member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and Delta Pi Epsilon of Indiana University of PA.

She held chapter and state officer positions in most of these organizations.

She was the recipient of numerous recognitions for her belief and actions of giving back to her community.

She participated in Silver Sneakers and volunteered regularly at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Red Cross Bloodmobiles and Meals-on-Wheels when in service.

She was the 2003 Punxsutawney Woman of the Year.

Mrs. Williams is survived by two daughters, Drinda Weber and husband Harrison of Grove City, and Donna Anderson and husband Joel of Punxsutawney; and one son, Darrel Williams and wife Bonnie of Bowie, Md.

In addition, there are five grandchildren, Brandi Mortimer of Butler, Heather Tate of DuBois, Kristi McEwen of Grove City, Shannan Weber of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brad Williams of Gaithersburg, Md. There are seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding Mrs. Williams in death were her husband, Leon Williams; a son, Robert Williams; a granddaughter, Tristan Anderson; and her parents, Dale and Lillian Crawford.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, and also from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church with the Reverends Al Kimmel and Brett Swanson officiating.

Interment will be in Gilgal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Mrs. Williams to the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the American Heart Association.

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