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Sarah Kate Williams

August 27, 1917 ~ November 25, 2018 (age 101)

Sarah Kate Williams was born to Charly and Estelle Manns on August 27, 1917, in Brownsville, Tennessee. Sarah and her five brothers and two sisters grew up in Brownsville. Sarah married Henry Williams (who was originally from Mississippi, and was four years her senior) in the 1930s. Their first surviving child, a daughter named Betty, was born in 1937, and a second daughter, named Dorothy, was born to them in 1939. Sarah gave birth to their third daughter, Idella, in 1940. A devout Baptist, Sarah raised all of her children in the Church.

Henry, Sarah, and their children left the state of Tennessee in 1941, moving to Los Angeles, California. The couple's fourth daughter, Barbara, was born in 1944, and their first surviving son, Fred, was born to them in 1946. The family moved once more, this time northward to the San Joaquin Valley, in 1947, the same year in which Sarah gave birth to her fifth daughter, Stella. Henry, Sarah, and their son and daughters eventually settled in the city of San Jose, in northern, California. The couple was blessed with a sixth daughter, Marylou, in 1949, a second son, Henry, Jr., in 1951, and their youngest child, their seventh daughter, Kathy, in 1953.

Henry and Sarah shared many more years of married life in San Jose. They were finally parted when Henry passed away in the early 1970s. Louis Richardson, Sarah's life partner for many years after her husband's death, entered her life in 1974. Years later, the couple began living together in Sacramento. Louis and Sarah shared many more years together, until parting ways in 2007. Sarah subsequently went to live with her daughter Idella, who also resided in Sacramento.

Sarah Kate Williams is survived by her sisters Willie Mae Taylor and Minnie Clark, her brother Sam Manns, her daughters, Betty Schaller, Idella Macklin, Barbara Butler, Marylou Lee, and Kathy Finne, her sons Fred Williams and Shabaka ( Henry) Williams  (Jr.), and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Henry Williams, her brothers Roosevelt Manns, Jonah Manns, Earl Manns, and Wilbur Manns, and her daughters Dorothy Mosley and Stella Williams. Sarah was loved and cherished by many and will be deeply missed. 

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