May 19, 1939 - April 30, 2018

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 12:00 PM First Christian Church


Visitation Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM at First Christian Church

Patricia Ruth Pat Williams, 78, of Springfield, went to be with Jesus on Monday, April 30, 2018 after persevering with grace and loving selflessness through a long illness.

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was born May 19, 1939, the daughter of Kent E. and Dorotha (Griffith) Atha in Bellefontaine, Ohio. She joyfully created a warm and loving home in which she raised two children while also serving cheerfully and competently in a variety of business and medical settings as an administrative assistant and secretary. Many businesspersons, physicians, social workers and counselors are indebted to her efficient and thoughtful assistance that helped them to help many others. Her home and office settings were characterized by the provision of mature wisdom gently offered through Godly counsel, encouragement and committed friendship to customers, patients, co-workers, and bosses, who all treasured her sense of humor, easy laugh and loving listening.

Pat was a member of the First Christian Church of Urbana where she served as a faithful prayer warrior, counselor and friend. She served many a shut-in before she herself became too ill to travel. She was an amazing mother and grandmother who passionately, loved, prayed for and encouraged her family to live lives worthy of their God-given gifts and calling. While we ache because of her physical absence, we smile and find joy and comfort in knowing that she is now with God in a place where there is no more suffering and no more tears.

Pat is survived by her son, Jeff (Jill) Williams; her daughter, Julie (Dan) Hyland; her grandchildren, Joshua (Brooke), Carly (Eric), Laura Beth, Tim (Abbie), Justen (Esther) and Shelby (Joel); her great grandchildren, GabbyAnne, Skylar, Joy, and Jude; her sister, Nancy (Dale) Halterman; niece Brenda (Tom) Shaw; nephew Rick (Elena) Halterman. Pat was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Pats life and legacy will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the First Christian Church, 119 Orange St., Urbana, with Pastor Mike Stewart officiating. The family will receive friends for 1 hour prior to the service from 11-12 Noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Radio Station WEEC, Pats favorite source for music that was good for her soul.

Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.

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Maria and Joe Tarasuk - May 5, 2018
Jeff and Jill, Joe and I share your sadness with the passing of your mom. It was a pleasure having her at CrossRoads for the short time she was in Maryland. I remember her sitting in the kitchen just wanting to be in the middle of things, watching us cook and prepare meals. I pray your mourning is full of good memories, thankfulness for her life, and anticipation of more to come in heaven.

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