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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 8:15 p.m.

Educator Regina Williams remembered for her contributions to Willow Run

By Lisa Carolin

Students, former colleagues, and family are mourning a beloved friend and Willow Run schools educator this week.


Regina Williams

From the Williams family

Regina Williams died Wednesday at the age of 62 after battling lung cancer for three years.

Williams, who lived in Ypsilanti, is survived by two children, Leslie Wright and Leon Williams.

"She was a phenomenal mom," said Williams.

Williams worked as a teacher and principal at Edmonson Middle School in the Willow Run school district, then as director of secondary education for the district. Colleagues say she will be sadly missed.

Relatives say Williams retired five years ago and welcomed former students to visit her all through her career and even after retirement, saying she was well-known in the community

There will be a visitation for Williams on Wednesday, January 30, from 1-7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home located at 4670 Inkster Road in Westland, Mich.

There will be a service on Thursday, Jan. 31, with a family hour from 10-11 a.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Wayne, 33640 Michigan Avenue in Wayne, followed by a celebration of life for guests at 11 a.m.


Julia Herbst

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 8:22 p.m.

Mrs Williams will be deeply missed by all of the Willow Run Family. She sure was a wonderful person. Even when I was a pain in the butt kid in middle school, she still laughed at me and never judged. I pray for peace and understanding for her entire family as well as other greiving Willow Run community members.

franklin mcclure

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 5:59 p.m.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Williams family; I have known Regina since elementary school, until we graduated from Inkster High School, she was a beautiful person inside and out. I am sadden to know she is gone, but God only know why. Rest in peace my friend.

T Wall

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 6:05 a.m.

I was fortunate to know and teach with Regina. She always made me smile when she laughed at my terrible jokes. You could always tell she was a great teacher from her happy students who would hang around her desk after class. We will all miss you.

Amber Coleman

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 2:04 a.m.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Ms. Williams was one of the best math teachers I've ever had. She really cared about all of her students. She was a gem of a woman.