Genevieve Helen Mabray Williams was born on July 7, 1926 in Providence, Ri, the daughter of the late Adel (Pritchard) Mabrayand the late Arnold Mabray. She was one of three children from this union: (the late Dorothy Mason and the late Benjamin Mabray). She was the granddaughter of the late Deacon Benjamin Mabray, Sr., one of the founders of the Olney Street Baptist Church, and the late Deaconess Carrie Mabray, for whom the first missionary circle was named. She transitioned to her Heavenly Father’s home on Thursday, September 8, 2022, while a resident at the Elmhurst Nursing Center where she resided for the past three years.
Genevieve received her formal education through the Providence Public School System and graduated from Hope High School. She was employed as a salesperson at Grant’s Department Store for 40 years. After her retirement from Grant’s, she worked as a salesperson CVS on Hope Street in Providence.
She began attending Sunday school and church at an early age, and on June 19, 1940, she was baptized by Reverend R. A. Batts. She was the Financial Secretary for the church for twelve years. She was a Charter Member of both the Carrie MabrayMissionary Circle and the Gospel Ambassadors.
She was married to James F. Williams, Jr., for 37 years before his death in 1982. She was the mother of one daughter, Mrs. Leslie Simmons of East Providence, RI; grandmother to LarenteHamlin (Goya) of Winston-Salem, NC; great grandmother to JaQuan Hamlin and one great-great grand-daughter, both of Providence, RI. She also leaves to mourn her lost a host of relatives and friends.
Genevieve was content wherever she found herself at work in the church and was willing to serve where she was most needed. She was grateful for the Christian nurturing she received for her mother and grandparents. It must be stated that her favorite pass time was playing
BINGO on Monday evenings with family and friends.