Elsie B. Williams

Elsie French (Bushnell) Williams 105 1/2 years, of Cranston died peacefully at home after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Harold P. Williams. Elsie was born on February 2, 1909 in Providence, Rhode Island and was the daughter of Lois A. (Whipple) and Charles A. Bushnell Sr. Elsie lived in Cranston most all of her life, except for a short time where she lived in Warwick. She is survived by her children Anne Williams Crocker with whom she lived, Richard W. Williams and Candace Williams Gauvin. She had six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Charles A. Bushnell Jr. Elsie was a member of the Roger Williams Family Association, Daughters of the American Revolution (RI Independence Chapter), General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Cranston Historical Society, Warwick Historical Society, Auburn Library Club, Rhode Island Genealogy Society, and the Thomas Angell Family Association while holding very esteemed positions in most of those organizations. Elsie was also a published author on two books about Roger Williams son's Joseph and Daniel. After WWII, Elsie also took in foster children. Along with her husband, Elsie helped to restore the Joy Homestead and Sprague Mansion in Cranston. They also helped restore the John Waterman Arnold House in Warwick. Elsie traveled extensively all over Europe, Israel, and the Mid West. She was a member of Phillips Memorial Baptist Church. One of her many hobbies she enjoyed with her husband was Revolutionary grave stone rubbing, as well as gardening. She also enjoyed reading many books and was an avid speaker who gave many talks about historical buildings. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday December 5th at 2:00pm in Phillips Memorial Baptist Church 565 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston. A private family burial will take place at a later date in Pocasset Cemetery in Cranston. In lieu of flowers donations to the Cranston Historical Society 1351 Cranston Street Cranston, RI 02920 would be appreciated.

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Jean Manocchia - 12/03/2014

Dear Anne & family,
I was so sorry to read about your mother's passing. She certainly had a very interesting life and leaves quite a legacy. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. It is never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mary Bottella 12-3-02014 - 12/03/2014

Dear Anne and family, Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your Mom. She was an amazing women. When I called for you and she would answer the phone, she was so pleasant and sweet. What great, wonderful life she had. Love and Prayers, Mary and Tony

Amanda Lazarus - 12/03/2014

Dear Anne and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, Elsie. She enriched the lives of everyone around her, and her generosity, warmth, and grace was inspirational. My deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time. You will be in my prayers. -Amanda

Dear Anne and Beth - 12/03/2014

It's never easy to lose a loved one and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Grandma Williams lived a full and happy life and she will live on in loving memory. She was a wonderful person and will not be forgotten.
Rosemarie, Kenny and Derek

The Harmon family - 12/03/2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May your special memories help to ease your sorrow. She was a great lady! We will all miss Elsie very much!

Deborah Hicks Varrieur - 12/03/2014

Dear Anne and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a great lady and terrific historian. I always enjoyed her grace and historical knowledge when I was able to attend the DAR meetings with my mom. She will be missed. Deb

cosima fallon - 12/03/2014

Dear Candy Anne and family So deeply sorry for you loss. You Mom was so smart and always elegant looking good friend of my mom for years and years. Will miss her but her memories will live on forever.--- Cos and Dave Fallon

Sandra Moyer - 12/03/2014

On behalf of the Cranston Historical Society, I send condolences to the family of our longest living member. Elsie's work in preserving the Joy Homestead and Sprague Mansion was invaluable. We will miss her.

C. Elizabeth Candas - 12/03/2014

Dear Anne and Family,

Sezgin and I send our deepest condolences. Elsie was a special person with a positive impact on all she knew and all she did. We will miss her.

Susan Saunders - 12/04/2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and my Dad (Mort Saunders) are undoubtedly talking Mayflower Society business again. My thoughts are with you.

Linda Greene - 12/04/2014

My deepest sympathy to the Williams Family. Elsie was a kind, sweet and truly remarkable lady. She will be missed by so many! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Love, Cousin Linda

Mary Staton - 12/04/2014

My family and I were saddened to learn of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as always.

Linda Becker - 12/05/2014

I am so sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to meet Elsie for the first time at a spring conference of RIDAR. She was such a delight!

Susan Cline - 12/05/2014

I'm sorry for the loss of your mother, Anne. I remember interviewing her for a newsletter article three years ago, and coming to realize what an interesting, strong, and inspirational individual she was. It was truly a pleasure to get to know her.

Donna Lee - 12/06/2014

Elsie was such an accomplished person! My sympathies to all the family. Candy, all of us in the aerobics class are thinking of you.

john & sharon rebello - 12/06/2014

our thoughts and prayers are with all of you

Barbara L Octeau - 12/07/2014

She will be shorely missed by the Chapters of DAR. I belong to Narragansett Chapter.

Jill Pitcavage - 12/14/2014

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great person. I saw her in church almost every Sunday and she was one of the most positive person I have ever met. One year I remember, she was so proud to have turned 103 and she always looked good for her age. So, I was so surprised. She was proud she was able to still walk pretty good at that age. Elsie is a role model for me and many others. I hope to have a positive thinking mind for the rest of my life like she did. She is a smart lady with a loving heart. My wishes go out to her family. I love you and miss you, Elsie. You will be in my prayers. Every Sunday I will see you at church and say my prayers for you.

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