ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lydia Williams. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Mary Anne Connell on June 16, 2021
Lydia was a clever, ambitious lady.  She accomplished many things in her life – learning languages, Philippino, Cantonese, Malay, English and maybe more. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, school teacher, music teacher, nursing home owner/manager, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and world traveller.
She was energetic, interested in everybody and everything and lived life to the fullest into her advanced years.
It was a pleasure getting to know her at the wedding of Kelvin and Heather. She was full of life and love for her family. 
Even though her life was filled with many challenges, good and not so good, living in various countries and cultures, she was able to meet the opportunities, embrace them and emerge with a winning attitude and a warm smile. She has been a good example to her family, students, and friends about how to cope with life.
Her book “A Child of the Enclave” is enlightening and a good memoir of her long life. This historical record of her extended family and many experiences serves as a memorial to her ingenuity, faith and perseverance. 
May Lydia rest in peace knowing that she has touched many people in her 102 years. 
Mary Anne Connell
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 14, 2021
Tribute to Lydia Young Williams
What a privilege for me to have known her since Hong Kong where I started to admire her. We had almost 60 years of friendship and kept in touch though sometimes many miles separated us. During these decades, I had said over a dozen times to her that
  “I want to be like you when I grow up”.
Reading her book made me also decide to tell my story for my children, though by audio. They tell me they appreciate that.
  You are so missed.
  Blessed peace.
With love and gratitude, Lily Chang
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 13, 2021
Mrs. Young was my teacher, her geography lessons inspired my curiosity in planet earth, the world and the people. She alone inspired the love of travel in me, my life-long passion.
Mrs. Williams was my dear friend, the twinkle in her eyes and the beauty of her smiles always transmitted the sense that all is well! A grand lady she was. I will miss her sorely.
Enid Leung
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 13, 2021
Aunty Lydia has Jesus close to her heart,  she lives by God s guiding light, knowing God has a plan for her every step of the way.  Her love and care for others radiates out in her calm presence. I  will run to her  with a big hug when we get to meet on that Glorious Day !  I have peace knowing she is resting in deep sleep , though i will miss her.  Love you always Aunty Lydia, your hygienist Danna Kim
Posted by Arlene R Taylor on June 10, 2021
It was my privilege to interact with Lydia Williams periodically over the decades. We connected through music in one way. Through another as my best friend's mother. My own mother died quite young and so it was special to watch Lydia live more than a quarter of a century longer. I found her sense of resiliency remarkable and encouraging--rolling with the COVID-19 pandemic and repeated pacemakers. After she had become a centenarian, I was profoundly touched by her willingness to sing in a trio with both Amabel and Eric -- using accompaniments I sent by iPhone. A unique woman, she will be missed until we connect once again in person.
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 10, 2021
Hi Amabel,

Your mom became a significant person in my life because she befriended my Pops during his stay at the Brookdale facility. One thing I was unable to do was speak with my father in either Visayan or Tagalog. (The only language I'm fluent in other than English is German.) I could tell that was something he was missing at that point in his life. Your mom helped fill that void. My father enjoyed visits with your mom and Mila at Brookdale. For that I am forever thankful for your mom (and Mila).

Your mom has lived a long, productive, and often adventurous life (from what I read in her book).
Wishing you, your family, and especially your mom, God's love and peace.

Lowe Laguno
Posted by Kelvin Magoon on June 9, 2021
Grandma and her love taught me so much in life; lessons I will never forget. To share my top six:

1) Finish your liver and onions, then you can reward yourself by practicing the piano.
2) There is nothing that can't be returned at the mall, no matter how long you've had it.
3) Don't be mingy when serving guests. Always be generous with the good stuff.
4) There are no soloists in a Handbell Orchestra.
5) A pipe organ doesn't just go into a room, the room goes around it.
6) Above all else, trust in the Lord and have faith.

Thankyou Grandma!
Posted by Adelaine Purdy on June 8, 2021
"The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
 The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land,
 The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains...
 For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains."

Mom, you are forever loved and forever remembered with countless memories that continuously linger in my heart. I'll always be your "Wee One".
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 8, 2021
Mom, dearest, it’s been such a journey for you these pandemic days: you were born during the Spanish pandemic, and then in 2020 you were a pandemic Great-Grandmother as well! Always a special mother, friend, and matriarch of our family. You will always be close to my ♥️

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Posted by Mary Anne Connell on June 16, 2021
Lydia was a clever, ambitious lady.  She accomplished many things in her life – learning languages, Philippino, Cantonese, Malay, English and maybe more. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, school teacher, music teacher, nursing home owner/manager, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and world traveller.
She was energetic, interested in everybody and everything and lived life to the fullest into her advanced years.
It was a pleasure getting to know her at the wedding of Kelvin and Heather. She was full of life and love for her family. 
Even though her life was filled with many challenges, good and not so good, living in various countries and cultures, she was able to meet the opportunities, embrace them and emerge with a winning attitude and a warm smile. She has been a good example to her family, students, and friends about how to cope with life.
Her book “A Child of the Enclave” is enlightening and a good memoir of her long life. This historical record of her extended family and many experiences serves as a memorial to her ingenuity, faith and perseverance. 
May Lydia rest in peace knowing that she has touched many people in her 102 years. 
Mary Anne Connell
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 14, 2021
Tribute to Lydia Young Williams
What a privilege for me to have known her since Hong Kong where I started to admire her. We had almost 60 years of friendship and kept in touch though sometimes many miles separated us. During these decades, I had said over a dozen times to her that
  “I want to be like you when I grow up”.
Reading her book made me also decide to tell my story for my children, though by audio. They tell me they appreciate that.
  You are so missed.
  Blessed peace.
With love and gratitude, Lily Chang
Posted by Amabel Tsao on June 13, 2021
Mrs. Young was my teacher, her geography lessons inspired my curiosity in planet earth, the world and the people. She alone inspired the love of travel in me, my life-long passion.
Mrs. Williams was my dear friend, the twinkle in her eyes and the beauty of her smiles always transmitted the sense that all is well! A grand lady she was. I will miss her sorely.
Enid Leung
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