LeVoy Elaine (Carter) Williams, known to family and friends as Elaine, passed away on March 14, 2022. Her sister, Sandra and her niece Tina were holding her hands when her kind, beautiful spirit left this world and went to be with her beloved mother Georgia.
Elaine was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on June 7, 1943 to Doyle and Georgia Carter. They had two more daughters, Sandra and Ruth. After they divorced, Georgia and the three girls moved to California, where Georgia married Richard Matthews. Richard had a twelve year old son, also named RIchard from a previous marriage. They had two more daughters, Nancy and Kathryn. Elaine as the eldest sister always made it clear that she was in charge, she was affectionately referred to as “The Boss” by her four sisters.
After graduation, Elaine’s first job was in a Mountain View nursing home. During that time, she met George Williams who was stationed at the navel base there. They were married in January 1964, and had a son, Harold in 1965. They divorced a few years later and Elaine became a single mom with a young son to take care of. She started her career with El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California as a nursing assistant in the Pediatrics unit, in August of 1968. She continued in the pediatrics unit for the next 18 years as a nursing assistant, then as the unit secretary. She then transferred to patient accounts, and worked in that capacity for the next 24 years, until her retirement on January 29, 2010.
Elaine made many friends during her years there among staff and her co-workers. She was there long enough to see a new hospital built.
Elaine is survived by her son Harold Williams, and her sisters Sandra Haase, Ruth Bourdon (John), Nancy Cowlishaw, and Kathryn Matthews. She has many, much loved nieces, nephews along with great nieces and nephews.
Elaine loved to garden, and quilt, she made many baby blankets for her co-workers when they were expecting. She was a “soap opera” fan and always watched her “stories” on T.V., along with baseball. The Oakland A’s were her team, and after moving to Arizona in 2010, she also cheered on the Diamondbacks. She also loved her cats and they lived a very pampered life with her. Her last cat Misty was 21 years old when she passed away in her lap. Elaine always had a bird feeder in her backyard and a birdbath for all the birds. At times she would find birds in her backyard that had passed away. She always said that she didn’t understand why they came to her yard to die, but I think it was because they knew she would always carefully bury them.
Elaine loved her family and always kept in touch by phone calls to her sisters, cousins, and friends. She will always be remembered for her loyalty and deep love for her family and friends. Her passing has left a very deep void in all our lives and she is missed every day.