ATHENS - Sofia Williams, age 82, of Athens died after a brief hospice at The Laurels of Athens on March 6, 2017. Born in Romania on Nov. 10, 1934, she was the daughter of Michael and Sofia (RÃ¼hrig) Daichendt. Sofia emigrated from Romania to Germany in 1952. It was in Stuttgart, Germany where she met and married her husband, the late Ronald Williams, and where her first child, Mike, was born. In 1966, she moved to Athens, Ohio, to join her new extended "Williams Family" and subsequently had her second child, Lea. Sofia gained her United States citizenship in 1974 and was an active member of the community, working for various organizations in town including Figurama, Weight Watchers, as well as Ohio University for many years selling tickets for their football and basketball games. Sofia enjoyed camping, fall foliage and rhododendrons on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and watching her hummingbirds gather around her feeders. Her many talents included cooking and baking (she was a former member of a gourmet club), knitting and crocheting, and she had an exceptional green thumb. While she was still in Germany, she was known for her snow skiing, dancing of the Waltz, and opera singing as a mezzo soprano. Sofia supported the arts and her children's various after school activities including music, sports, and 4-H clubs. Her later years found her working for Athens Middle School as a teacher's aide and "master" Xerox copy machine operator. She was beloved by many of the students, as well as her coworkers, and she retired from the system in 1999. She worked for a few years after her retirement at Athens High School for her husband, the former athletic director, selling tickets for various athletic events. Sofia is survived by her son, Mike Williams of Pittsboro, North Carolina; her daughter, Lea (Greg) Cramer of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; her sister Heidi (Manne) Nick, and nephews, Heiko and Thomas Nick of Backnang, Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. In lieu of services or flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Sofia's honor to: Athens Middle School PTO, 51-55 West State Street, Athens, OH 45701, with "In Memory of Sofia Williams" in the subject line.
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