Rev. Elouise Delores Williams had been an ordained minister since 1965. She went on to join the original Nation of Islam in 1973, and later joined New Hope Baptist Church in 1986.
In Philadelphia, she was the founder of Women Infiltrators Against Poverty and was involved with P.U.S.H., N.A.A.C.P. and various other community-related organizations.
She died on January 18, at the Deborah Heart Lung Hospital in Brownsmills, N.J. She was 81.
Williams was born in Tampa, Fla., to Hattie Gasque Williams and Ralph Williams Sr.
She attended the local public schools and relocated to Conway, S.C., where she graduated from high school before moving to Tennessee for college. She later moved to Springfield, Mass., and then to Philadelphia and finally residing in Pleasantville, N.J., in 1972.
A close friend of the late broadcaster Georgie Woods, she was a member of New Hope Baptist Church where she worked with her family as a community advocate for the sick and shut-in and took food and aid to the needy.
Williams is survived by children, Deborah Bailey, Cheryse Page and Kelvin Wimbish (Karla); five sisters, Dollie Beaty, Cecilia Bennett, Jackie Johnson, Pricilla Scruggs and Betty Williams of New York; three brothers, Ralph Jr.(Lillian) and Jacob Davis, and Ralph Jr. #2 (Barbara); 10 grandchildren, David, Jonathan, Shannon, Sharifah, Hakeem, Shahied, Jameelah, Michael, Victor and Rasheed; 12 great-grandchildren; godchildren, Angela Curtia and Dara Teng; and a host of other loved ones and special friends.
Williams was preceded in death by her parents and two daughters, Garnette Denise and Michelle Doreen Wimbish.
Services will be held January 24, at New Hope Baptist Church, 704 Lexington Ave. The viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The service will start at 11.
Mikals Funeral Parlor handled the arrangements.