Florris Luella Jackson Williams -- popularly known as Luella, Lue, Auntie Lue and Nannie Lue --- was born on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in the historic Upstreet community of Charlotte Amalie, to Ohanio and Eseline Canton Jackson on May 20, 1931. She was the sixth child of the eight children born to this union.
Her siblings were Enrique Jackson, Ira Canton Jackson, Enid Jackson Blyden, Hugo D. Jackson, Franz Burton Jackson, Llewellyn Jackson, Delma Andromeda Jackson. Her older siblings were Ianthe Jackson Peets and Christophena Jackson. All of them preceded her in death. She was the last of the “Mohicans.”
She graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School, the Class of 1950. She would later meet and marry her husband, Hercules Williams, who preceded her in death. They were married on Nov. 10, 1954, at Memorial Moravian Church, a few blocks from the family home. From this union, five children were born: Byron, Vernice, Alexander, Angelo and Lawrence Williams.
Luella worked in her parents’ grocery -– Jackson Grocery Store --- located on Prindsens Gade, commonly known as “Goat Street” in Kings Quarter until it closed in the late 1960s. Her generosity, caring and loving nature is remembered by many. Luella devoted her life to being an exceptional sister, wife, mother, aunt, cousin, godmother and friend. She raised her children to be respectful and productive members of their society and to acknowledge God first in their lives. She was a devoted and dedicated member and sister of the Moravian Church and she served the Memorial ministry in various capacities and functions.
After she raised her children, she continued to be a mom to numerous children at home and abroad. She gladly took on the job of raising her grandniece as her adopted daughter, Shakima Jackson Petersen.
She was a wonderful teacher, mentor, counselor, storyteller, friend and pray warrior. She loved cooking, baking and making local beverages. If you wanted a recipe, she would gladly share it.
During her lifespan, she was able to travel and see the world. This was accomplished with the help of her late husband, who was an executive in the local airline industry. She loved her family deeply, and took the opportunity to visit those residing on Tortola, St. John, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Germany, Hawaii, Texas, California, Mexico, Washington, Florida, Georgia and New York. In the mid-1960s, she and her husband made a special trip and visited Rome, Italy.
In 2007, she became ill and decided to stay in Chula Vista, Calif., with her daughter and family to receive medical care. She helped her daughter, Vernice, raise her two children. She passed away peacefully on April 8, 2019, at Aloha Independent Living under hospice care in San Diego, Calif.
She is survived by her loving family: her sons, Byron Williams, Alexander (Alex) Williams, Angelo Williams and Lawrence (Larry) Williams; her daughter, Vernice Harrell; her daughter-in-laws, Tammy Williams and Kathy Williams; her grandsons, Jaron Williams, Elan Harrell, Michael Williams and Anthony Williams; granddaughters, Jayda Williams, Anika Harrell, Fallan Williams; great-grandson, Ezra Lesly; great-granddaughter, Zaliah Lesly; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; nephews, Ari Arri, Floyd Jackson, Myron D. Jackson, Raymond Petersen, Albert Jurgens, Hugo George and William Archie Peets; nieces, Erna Williams, Sharon Jackson-McDonald, Judy Peets, Dalia Quinones, Michelle Jackson and Starlette Jackson Hobdy; special grandniece, Shakima Jackson Petersen; sisters-in-law, Bernice Jackson and Mary Whitman Jackson; special cousins, Evelyn Christopher and Mercedes (Sadie) Trotman Hodge Lorrayne Reyes, Irene Williams, and family members of the Canton, Blyden, Malone, Schemedes and Jackson clan; and special friends, Mavis Robles, Una Anderson and Olive Van Beverhoudt Lewis.
She was a wonderful great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, godmother and friend.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the viewing Monday, May 6, 2019, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Memorial Moravian Church. The service will follow immediately at 10 a.m.
Interment is at Western Cemetery No. 1.
Arrangements are under the care of Dan Hurley Home for Funerals and Cremation Center of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
For online directions and condolences visit www.hurleydavisfuneralhome.com