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Elnora Harriette Williams

April 20, 1937 January 5, 2020
Elnora Harriette Williams
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Elnora Harriette Guinyard Williams was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, April 20, 1937, to Solomon and Daisy Guinyard. She passed from this life on Sunday, January 5, 2020 in Hamilton, New Jersey. There is a rich life that fit between her birth and her passing.
The daughter of educators, she was a scholar and made education her mission in life, as well. Harriette graduated from Barnwell High School and went on to obtain degrees from Tuskegee University (bachelor) and the University of Illinois Urbana (masters, education administration). She was inducted into several educational honor societies including the Alpha Phi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for women educators and was a Delta Sigma Theta sister. She taught high school in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Jacksonville, Illinois. She moved into administrative positions, serving as a principal in the Lovejoy School System in Brooklyn, Illinois, before her retirement. The community became her classroom after retirement, focusing lessons in community centers and setting up displays at public libraries.
Harriette met her husband Rufus in 1954 when Harriette’s high school class went on a class trip to Tuskegee University. They dated throughout their time at the University and were married December 23, 1957. The couple moved to Fort Belknap, Montana, following college and lived throughout the United States while Rufus worked for the Department of the Interior.
Family and faith were at the heart of her life. Harriette and Rufus raised four children and hosted a number of exchange students who are included as family. She leaves behind Rufus, as well as her children—Dawn L. Williams, EdD (James VanOosting), Christopher A. Williams, MD, Anita M. Williams Galiano, and Bonnie E. Williams. Her grandchildren—Alexandria Ford Williams (Evan Beckett), Christopher-Alan Ford Williams, Matthew Solomon Galiano Williams (Iela), and Alicia Grace Galiano Williams. Siblings—William Guinyard (Shirley), Myriette Ekechukwu, Wilma Johnson, Anita Lee, and Leon Guinyard remain. She was predeceased by her parents as well as two brothers Solomon Guinyard III and Bernard Guinyard. She is loved by many other family members.
Services and interment will be on January 11, 2020, in Barnwell, SC, with a Celebration of Life in New Jersey on January 18, 2020.
For more details of these events or the address to send condolences, please email Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, NJ. Condolences are welcome at

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