Joann H. Williams

Joann H. Williams, 72, of Panama, N.Y., passed away at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, in WCA Hospital.

She was the widow of Gary K. Williams.

An area resident most of her life, Joann was born April 26, 1941, in Albemarle, N.C.

She had been employed for many years as a child-care worker by the Gustavus Adolphus Home in Jamestown.

Joann was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where she had sung in the choir. She enjoyed travel, singing and loved animals.

Surviving are three daughters: Wendy Pilling and Holly (Miguel Figueroa) Podoris, both of Jamestown, and Tammy Williams of Panama, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Brit-tany Allen of Alabama, Brandon Terkeurst of Jamestown, Chad Podoris of Afghanistan, Rebekah Podoris of Alabama and Noah Williams-Pohlman of Panama; two great-grandchildren: Catie and Jack Allen of Alabama; and a goddaughter, Lyn Spencer of Jamestown.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. James Read, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, will officiate. Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home Thursday.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 200 Hunt Road WE, Jamestown, NY 14701.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Joann at