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Leah Williams of Equality

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    Leah Williams

updated: 11/28/2017 4:31 PM

EQUALITY -- Leah Williams, 87, passed away at 11:18 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Indiana.

Leah was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles and Jewell (Vinyard) Brinkley.

She married Bobby Gene Williams on Feb. 24, 1952, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Williams of Equality; daughter, Janice and husband Bill Lane of Equality; son-in-law, Bernie Bayer of Equality; six grandchildren, Tera and Wes Henson of Junction, Tami and Jack Logsdon of Shawneetown, Megan and Jeremy Jackson of Ridgway, Jarah and Alex Scates of Evansville, Indiana, Lisa and John Gehner of Athens, Georgia, and Dr. Mark and Pam Bayer of Charleston; 15 great-grandchildren, Will and Lane Henson, Daine and Dawson Hish, Emily Holloway, Hannah Logsdon, Audrey and Grant Jackson, Crew Alexander Scates, Jackson, Addison and Ashlyn Bayer, Ayla, Lily and Wyatt Gehner.

Other survivors include her brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Jean Williams of Equality and Joe and Ruinette Williams of Waycross, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mona Bayer; parents; sister, Nada Frohock; brother, Charles "Junior" Brinkley; and great-granddaughter, Grace Anne Bayer.

Leah graduated from Equality High School, attended nurse's training and worked as a secretary. She was known as a very hard worker and one who liked to help people.

For years, she was a waitress at Crossroads Restaurant and activity director at Eldorado Good Shepherd Nursing Home. Later in life, she worked in housekeeping, and her last and favorite job was helping with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leah was a longtime member of Equality Presbyterian Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher, youth director and singer. She did whatever job needed to be done.

She had been a 4-H leader, PTA president and Home Bureau member. In recent years, she could be found writing to people and reading her Bible.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, in Equality Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jerry Williams officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery near Equality. Visitation will be 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Equality Presbyterian Church.

Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality is in charge of arrangements. Internet condolences may be made at

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