~Mother…is someone who can take the place of everyone else, but no one in the world can take her place….
On January 20, 1954, a legend was born to Lois Olverson and William Braswell in Cincinnati, OH. Judith Braswell-Williams entered this world not knowing the impact she would have during her stay here on earth. She graduated from Wyoming High School and continued her education first at Ohio State with a major in Elementary Education, and then started attending Southern Ohio College where she received a certificate in Law Enforcement and College of Mt. St. Joseph earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Judy was a loving soul who found comfort in helping others, opening her home to anyone who needed help and being the neighborhood mom (Mama Judy).
She married Francis Williams on July 18, 1981. She had a passion for helping children and started her lifelong dream of making a difference in many lives. She first started working as a librarian at the Boys and Girls Club in Avondale and then became the computer teacher at South Avondale Elementary in 1987. She also worked at various charter schools around Cincinnati, becoming a second mom treating her students like her own for over 20+ years. Also, working at Chaney Allen Drug Rehab Center and Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Program becoming everyone’s favorite.
Judy was granted her rest on November 27, 2023. She is preceded in death by her mother Lois Olverson, her father William Braswell, her husband Francis Williams, and her sisters Courtney Braswell and Teri Mack. Her childhood best friend Marlene Rodgers. She leaves behind her brother Jerrold Jefferson (Valerie) 3 beautiful daughters Tiauna Williams, Tristen Williams and Chelsea Meadows (Will), her bonus son/cousin Nicholas Wood, her grandkids who she adored and loved more than anything Tiante Williams, Jermera Price, Jeremy Price, Taraji Williams, Cherish Williams, Chance Williams and Alyvia Jennings. Her grand-dogs Chase, Princess and Chapo. Her nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her special friend Donald “Donnie” Meadows and her best friend/sister Roberta Smith.
Judy will be extremely missed by all who knew her. She was a woman of God whose influence and love transcended generations and seasons. She will forever be known as Mama Judy.