BENNINGTON- Madeline Ann Bills Williams, 72, died Wednesday, February 5.
Born in Wardsboro December 27, 1947, to Leonard M. Bills and Mildred Hescock Bills, she grew up sharing adventures with her four siblings and attending Wardsboro School and Wilmington High School. She met the love of her life, Harold Lee Williams, and married him in Whitingham October 2, 1964. They settled in his hometown of Whitingham, where they raised their four children.
Mrs. Wiliams attended Putnam School of Nursing in Bennington, graduating and becoming an LPN in 1974. She worked at area hospitals and rehabilitation centers, private home nursing jobs, and for a while was the town nurse for Whitingham. Harold and Madeline moved to Arcadia, FL, where she continued her career as a highly respected LPN, until she retired to care for her husband. Following his death, she returned to Vermont to reside in Bennington with her youngest son.
Mrs. Williams was the loving mother of Wendy Birch (husband Mark), of Whitingham, Rhonda Rafus (husband Tim), of Whitingham, Brian Williams (wife Jessica), of Arcadia, FL, and Jason Williams, of Bennington. She was also a wonderful Gramma and Nanna to Shannon, Troy, and Roxie Birch, Brianna and Joe Rafus, and Ryan and Parker Williams.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her four children and seven grandchildren, as well as her younger sister Gloria Bills Boutin, of Bennington; younger brother Ronald Bills, of Springfield; and half-sister Norma Bills Burcham, of Greensburg, LA; extended step-siblings Harold Fuller and Penny Hescock; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Harold L Williams; her parents; her two older half-brothers, Arnold Bills and Leonard Bills Jr.; her older sister Dorothy Bills Percy; and her older brother Steve Bills.
Her children said, “On February 5, 2020, our mother, Madeline Ann Bills Williams, left this world peacefully to join our late father on the other side. We will forever remember her infectious smile, her strength (a two-time survivor of breast cancer who walked two times in the Bennington Relay for Life with her sister and youngest son), her wisdom, her caring, and her pride in us. She was always there if we needed her but allowed us to grow without her interruptions unless we asked her for her advice or help. Her family and Dad’s meant everything to her, with Fran and Margorie Carrier, Cheryl Scott, and Betty Wilder always meaning as much to her as her own family. We will forever miss her but are comforted in the thoughts of her and Dad being together again.”
There will be no services until a later date determined by her children.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made in her name to Bayada Hospice of Bennington or the American Cancer Society, 330 Whitney Avenue #420, Holyoke, MA 01040, Attn: Relay For Life of Bennington County, with checks payable to Relay For Life of Bennington County-American Cancer Society.