Phyllis B Williamson
(1947 - 2009)

Phyllis B Williamson
Nickname: Queen Bee and Grill

North Carolina, United States of America
March 11, 1947

Maryland, United States of America
March 25, 2009

CIAA Tournaments, Traveling, Sewing, Line Dancing, Discovering New Technology (IPod & Laptop), Chatting With Friends, Movies, Raven's Football, Basketball, & Music (Old Mowtown)
Guest Book
You are my mommy to in so many ways. You sheltered me when I couldn't go home. I remember sleeping on your couch in the basement, or watching movies, or wrestling with Crystal . You feed me. and when I meant my wife it was your approval a sought out for. Words or tears could never express what you meant to me. I love you MAMA Phyllis from a little boy when you used to walk cotton. Your gentle smile. And your laugh. I thought as a little boy I was going to marry Crystal and you were my mother for real. I am so Sorry I moved away. and neglected to come see you. I think the last time I saw you, you were so happy about your new car. You are Loved by everyone who you let in your life. Even the Punuska's . I feel so bad because I am just finding out. And your family was there for me. And I wasn't there. I Love You. And I will never forget you..

Shang Jones (Adopted Son)
October 27th, 2009
Mrs. Phyllis, I still can't believe your gone it just feels like I haven't seen you in a while, but I will never forget the time I spent at your house eating up all your FOOD! I swear I use to be in heaven with every bite and extremely disappointed when there was nothing cooking in the kitchen. The way you would smile when I would give Crystal updates about a special someone and laugh at my jokes, I know you use to think I was so silly. When you found out I was from Charles Town that was all she wrote, lol. From the time I met you, you became a mom away from home and I will be forever grateful for having you in my life! Crystal is holding up well you would be so proud, I love you and I miss you. :-)
Dani Scott (Adopted Daughter)
September 25th, 2009
Crystal and I were inseperable throughout our high school years. I remember Ms. Phyllis would always softly smile and shake her head at me for all the stupid things I would do as a teenager.If it was'nt for Ms. Phyllis's sewing skills, I would'nt have had so many beautiful Homecoming dresses. I remember Crystal and I going to Joann Fabrics every year during High School and picking out the fabric that we wanted and Ms. Phyllis turning them into beautiful dresses and purses to match for us. All of them are still hanging in my parents closet. She was like another mother to me during those short years and I'll never forget her.
Shawn Harvey (an old friend to Crystal)
September 25th, 2009
As a child I would spend every summer with my dad and Phyllis. Although I was only her step-daughter she trated me like her own child and even introduced me to other people as her daughter. I had the best summers a child could ever ask for. Between beach vacations, time in elizabeth city or working with Phyllis and Rosewood. I would have to say the best memory would be when we would shop til we dropped. Most of the time my dad would be on the road and Phyllis would have to take me shopping to get me ready for school before I returned to Buffalo. She kept me in the flyest gear. I wonder if she showed my dad all the receipts, lol. Phyllis, I will always cherish your memory. Love you always,
Your daughter, Felicia
Felicia Doctor (stepdaughter)
August 25th, 2009
Crystal, you have definitely inspired me to create a page for my mom. What a great way to remember someone so SPECIAL. Walk around heaven was also one of her favorite songs! I pray that GOD continues to strengthen you. He has and continues to uplift my spirits everyday through this trying process! I love you
Sheena Freeman (sister)
August 14th, 2009

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. It's obvious the love and time that you took to put this together. I wish that I had an opportunity to get to know your mother. From her pictures, she seemed to be the life of the party. She certainly lives on through you. Thank you for sharing this with me.
Sherri Goodall (Crystal's Co-worker)
August 14th, 2009
I still can't believe that you are gone. My solace is knowing that your memory lives on through your family, friends and artistic creations.Love you,
Patti Melodini (friend)
August 14th, 2009
I first met Phyllis when I started as a case coordinator at Rosewood in 1989. I remember hearing her hearty laugh and thinking that Phyllis would be a fun person to know, and she was. She enjoyed spending time with the individuals who lived there and spent many hours taking them out in the community. She shared her family too, with the
individuals,taking them to her home for family dinners. We became very close when we were assigned to the same cottage, and spent many hours working and laughing together. We became best friends at work and stayed close even when we didn't work together. I am a very weepy person and Phyllis always managed to get me laughing. With her no nonsense attitude, she gave me hell when I would spend time crying over work problems. There is a void in my life which will never be filled. I miss my friend every day and feel blessed that I got a chance to be part of her life.
Patti Melodini (friend and co-worker)
August 14th, 2009
To Mrs. Phyllis,

Though I didn't know you I felt that I did through your wonderful daughter. She is a true blessing in my life as well as others she touched. I know you are in heaven smiling down on her like the proud mother you are. For this Mrs. Phyllis I would like to say thank you for bringing Crystal into our lives.

Love Colette,

Colette Brown
August 14th, 2009
I have so many good and fun memories of Phyllis, I don’t know where to begin and I know I can’t write a book. But she is worthy of a book. I have to say that Phyllis’ leaving seems so untimely. I know I am not to question God but it is impossible not to think why now. Phyllis gave so much of her life to others and it was now her time for life to give back to her. Though the best life is in heaven, we are always selfish and want our love ones here on earth with us. I always love the way Phyllis could say “hunnee” (honey) and the sweetness that was within in her came out every time she said “hunnee” even if she was not feeling good about the moment. Phyllis was simple yet eloquent, soft yet strong, and just a genuine, good person. I loved her strong NC accent that she never lost after so many years in Maryland, but we know Phyllis went to Elizabeth City like it was around the corner. Route 301 is wondering where is Phyllis. I remember when she met and married Skin. I remember her strong desires for a baby and then came Crystal and for 28 years she was happy with her desires being fulfilled for she was the BEST MOM ever. I am so honored to have acquired Phyllis sewing equipment. Though I will never be the seamstress she was, I believe her spirit will help me along. I have not made anything yet for I am a great procrastinator. I can hear Phyllis saying “hunnee, what you waiting for….you need to get busy. So Crystal, know that your pillows and more are coming. Phyllis was a great daughter, a great sister, a great wife, a great mother and grandmother, and a great friend to many. We can all live by our experiences of Phyllis…being kind and loving to one another.
Elaine Strother (Friend)
August 13th, 2009
One of the things I remember the most is my mother waking me up for school eacg morning. It would start with the southern way she would call me name, "Cryystal"... "Crystal, Come on get up now." She would say it a few times until I would sleepily beg for "5 more minutes." This would go on back and forth until she would come in and take the covers off af me and say firmly "Crystal, come on get up now!" She continued to do it even after I moved out, only then it was via phone.

I can hear her just as clearly now as I could then. I play it in my mind every morning when I get out of bed. Thank you mom for getting me up all those mornings!
Crystal Williamson (Daughter)
August 13th, 2009
I didn't get the chance to know you as well as others, but what I do know is that your had a loving spirit. For the very few moments that we spoke on the phone to the brief conversations in person, I enjoyed your presence. You had a special spark about you. I know you are in heaven so I will see you when I get there. In the mean time, make sure you work on that dress you owe me. = )
Erica Green (Friend of the family)
August 13th, 2009
One of my favorite memories of Mrs. Phyllis is the way you called Crystal's name. Crystal was always getting into something. lol So you would say Cryyystal? After a while I would get scared when you called her name like that, as if I was in trouble.
Laini P (Loved One)
August 13th, 2009

You never said “I’m leaving”.
You never said “Good-bye”.
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knew why.
A million times I needed you.
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saves you,
You never would have died.
In Life I loved you dearly.
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of me went with you
The day God called you home.

When I have come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with you head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me – but let me go.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury yourself in doing good deeds,
Miss me – but let me go.

Some people called you Grill, and all would call you friend. Me, I called you mommy. I called you my best friend. You taught me right from wrong. You taught me left from right. You taught me that when things got hard to stand up fast and fight.
I miss you now each morning. I think of you every day. And all I can do is wonder why God took my mommy away. But I'll do what you want me to do, take care of your last days here on earth. I'll hold this family together for you and always put God first. I know that you are happy now - happy as can be! Up there line dancing with Jesus and watching over me! Please check on me now and then. I promise to be strong. I'll do my best to make you proud - won't act like my home training is gone. Although I'll miss you deeply - I'll remember everything you taught. So please have fun in heaven! Don't give me a second thought.
I'll take care of grandma - I'll take care of Cotton and Daddy too. And I'll also make sure that when I have kids they too will remember you.
I'll give all of your friends - including the Golden Girls - all the love they need and all that they deserve. Take comfort in the fact that they will all watch out for me. A day that I have no one is a day I'll never see. I'll talk to you everyday - I'll know when you are near. But if you see it's getting to rough can you please bend Jesus' ear? You were the Queen of this have and all i ever wanted to be. I just hope that I loved you 1/10 of how you loved me. I hope that you can rest now, Your job on earth is done. I will take over as Queen of this hive. I will get it all done. So go ahead with Jesus. Tell Mr. Cotton we sayhey. Go to the Luther concert. Cha-Cha slide all day! I will be okay. I promise to be strong. Always remember I loved you more than life an I'll miss you while you're gone. One day I'll see you again, but I know each day you will see me. And I will think of you everyday. I'll miss you my Queen Bee.
Crystal Williamson (Doughter)
July 28th, 2009
Dear Mommy,

I wanted to be the first one to sign your book. I wanted to tell you that I have been thinking and thinking of a way to honor you on July 25, 2009 - the day that was to be your retirement party. We put so much thought and love into planning it. I wanted to give you the party that you deserved to celebrate the great life that you had lived up to that point. I am sorry everyday that you didn't get to retire. Even more sorry that you didn't get to have your party. Sorry you never were able to go on your cruise. I am also sorry that there will ever be a moment that I have that you will not be here to share with me. I wanted to still celebrate you. I thought of doing your party anyway, but I wasn't ready. I thought of visiting your grave in Elizabeth City, but I know that you are not there. So I thought of this. A way for us to honor you that will live on forever. You were my mommy, my confidant, my seamstress, my chef, my best friend, my heart, my world... I miss you more than words can say. I hope that you enjoy this! I love you!

-Crystal, your snuggy
Crystal Williamson (Daughter)
July 28th, 2009
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"A sad day for me! Though I lost you 6 years ago, you are always in my heart! I still think "Wonder what Phyllis would say?""
Patti Melodini
March 25th, 2015
"It seems so unreal to think that you have been gone for 6 years. There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss you. I can't believe that you are not here with me. I wish you could be here to see Layla. I love you."
Crystal Turner
March 25th, 2015
"I was thinking of you all this week, my friend. Your beautiful smile and strong spirit remain alive for me. Miss you!"
Patti Melodini
March 13th, 2015
"Sweet Phyllis, It seems like yesterday that we were laughing joking and planning for your retirement party!!I will never have another friend like you!! I still miss you so!"
Patti Melodini
March 26th, 2014
"Miss you my friend.There is a void in my life that will never be filled. I still think about you everyday!Love you!"
Patti Melodini
March 20th, 2012
"My dear friend, I thought about you all day and had a great time in your honor at a retirement celebration for an OHCQ co-worker yesterday. It still is hard without you to talk to, and I miss you all the time.Our friendship is forever."
Patti Melodini
March 26th, 2011
"Hi mommy. I dont have a lot to say today. Today is a hard day. But i love you and miss you."
Crystal Williamson
March 25th, 2011
"Happy Birthday, Mommy! Enjoy the party in Heaven! I love you, always!"
Crystal Williamson
March 11th, 2011
"Happy Birthday dear friend! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Love you forever, Patti"
Patti Melodini
March 11th, 2011
"I don't know you Crystal or your mom but this is the most beautiful memorial. Your mom must have really been loved. I can feel her spirit just looking at the site. May you be blessed."
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June 6th, 2010


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