Elizabeth (Bette) L. Williams

Elizabeth (Bette) L. Williams, 94, peacefully passed away on January 27, 2018 at Crestwood Center Nursing Home in Milford NH. She was born on March 22, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bette attended art school in Boston and continued to paint and give art lessons into her nineties.

She and her husband Bob lived in Hollis for 30 years and started the first home inspection business in NH. They also restored four colonial era homes.

Bette had many hobbies and activities and was active in community service and her church. She enjoyed square dancing, skiing, sewing, camping and painting.

She was involved with the “National Alliance for the mentally ill” for many years and was also the founder of a “drop in” center in Nashua for the homeless and mentally ill called the “Gathering Place”.

After a paralyzing stroke at 64, Bette was forced to give up many cherished activities. She made the best of her situation and went on to write 4 books. She also continued to volunteer at the Upper Room ministry and to teach art at the Nashua Senior Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Beth Jackson and her husband James of Brookline, NH; her two grandsons, Caley O’Connell and his wife Sabrina from Nashua, NH and Jamie O’Connell and his wife Abby of Somerville, Mass and three great grandchildren Vanessa, Christina and Zachary O’Connell.

She is predeceased by her husband Robert Williams and her two sons Bruce and Brian. Bette and Bob were married for 70 years.

She was loved by her family and will be missed every day. Her love of life, resiliency, generosity and “can do” attitude was an inspiration to all those who knew her.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on February 20, 2018 at 10:30 at the Nashua Baptist church located at 555 Broad Street, Nashua, NH. Friends and family are invited to attend. (Snow storm date 2/23).

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial donation to the Nashua Baptist Church “in memory of Bette.”