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Mrs. Alice Marie Williams
Mrs. Alice Marie Freeland Williams of Atlanta, passed June 5, 2019.
Alice Marie Freeland Williams was born on October 6, 1939 in Newnan, Georgia to the marital
union of Mattie Elizabeth Patterson Freeland and William Daniel Freeland. When her family
moved from Newnan to Atlanta, Alice began her Christian journey as a child at Cosmopolitan
African American Episcopal (AME) Church and later was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist
Church. Alice attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta Public
Schools) in 1956. She went on to become a Registered Nurse (RN) graduating with honors from
Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1959.
On March 29, 1960, Alice married Milton Williams, her devoted and loving husband of 59 years.
Two years later to their loving union was born their pride and joy – a daughter, Dr. Mironda
Denise Williams, a Peachtree City, GA obstetrician-gynecologist who became the Frederick
Douglass High School (Atlanta Public Schools) Class of 1980 valedictorian and a graduate of
Cornell University and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Mrs. Williams was employed as a Registered Nurse at Grady Hospital prior to working as a
School Nurse for 33 years in Atlanta Public Schools. During her tenure, she was lauded by
school principals, teachers and parents alike as an energetic and vital member of the John F.
Kennedy Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School communities. She is
affectionately remembered by many of her former students who recall her kindness and gentle
care. In 1974, Mrs. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from
Georgia State University.
A collector of teapots and fine china and avid reader of cookbooks, Mrs. Williams was a
consummate homemaker known for her seasonal tablescapes and creating fun and memorable
learning experiences for her daughter and the neighborhood children whom she also treasured.
Mrs. Williams maintained her family’s home as the center for birthdays and game parties, dance
recital and oratory practices, and holiday picnics. She also loved to travel with her husband and
daughter on special trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Florida beaches, to the North Georgia mountains
during apple season and to south Georgia for family reunions and peach season.
Mrs. Williams was truly the wind beneath the wings of her husband, daughter, neighbors, friends
and colleagues. Her generous and selfless ways often prompted the heart-felt refrain: I don’t
know what I’d do without you!
On March 31, 2017 the City of Atlanta paid tribute to Mrs. Alice Williams’ mother (Mrs. Mattie
Elizabeth Patterson Freeland) at the opening of the Mattie Freeland Community House. The
house honors the legacy of Mrs. Mattie Freeland, a longtime English Avenue resident and
matriarch whose home was a place of refuge, restoration and hope for those in need.
Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her mother (Mattie Elizabeth Patterson Freeland), father
(William Daniel Freeland), older sister ( Delores Joan Freeland Yates), and younger brother
(Daniel Freeland). She is survived by her loving, attentive and dedicated husband (Milton
Williams), loving and devoted daughter (Dr. Mironda Williams) and a host of cherished relatives,
friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grady Health Foundation, 191 Peachtree Street,
N.E., Suite 820, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: (404) 489-1550, Fax: (404) 523-2002,
https://www.gradyhealthfoundation.org/donate . The Milton and Alice Williams Endowed
Scholarship is being established at Morehouse School of Medicine. Details are forthcoming.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at our chapel, 492 Larkin St., SW, Interment, Greenwood Cemetery.