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MARCH 7, 1914 -- JULY 27, 2004

Maude A. Williams of Akron, a retired teacher, died Tuesday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a lengthy illness. She was 90.

Born Maude Rich in Springville, she lived in Akron for most of her life. She graduated from Normal School in Fredonia with a teaching certificate.

She began her teaching career in a one-room, multigrade school in Arcade and later taught kindergarten and first grade. She developed a reading-readiness program for learning disabled children and was a reading consultant for Pioneer Central Elementary School when she retired.

Mrs. Williams was a member of Millgrove Bible Church in Alden, where she pioneered a widow support group.

She taught Bible study class at Cleveland Heights Christian Church in Cheektowaga. She also was chairwoman of the Salem Cemetery Society, where for 64 years she planned the annual White Memorial Service held in Salem Welsh Church.

Mrs. Williams enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and participating in activities with children.

Her husband, Russell J. Williams, died in 1990.

Surviving are a daughter, Lynda Tucker of Alden; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Millgrove Bible Church, 11517 Genesee St., Alden. Burial will be in Freedom Cemetery.


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