Sylvia Williams

Sylvia Williams, 86, of Vermontville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at her home with her family at her side. Sylvia was born in Lake Odessa on September 22, 1931, the daughter of the late Howard D. and Mable (Armour) Poff.

She was raised in the Lake Odessa area and attended local schools graduating from Lake Odessa High School in 1949.  She continued her education at Western Michigan University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Education.

In 1953, she was married to Mr. Lafayette Williams in Lake Odessa. They began their lives together in the Hudsonville area for a short time, before moving to the Vermontville area where they raised their family together.  Lafayette and Sylvia enjoyed traveling to Northern Michigan as well as  other parts of the United States in their motor home.

Slyvia began her teaching career in the Hudsonville school systems where she taught Home Economics. During the mid 1960s the family moved to Vermontville where she taught at Fuller Street School until 1985 when she retired from teaching. After leaving education, Slyvia began working as the Register of Deeds for Eaton County, which she continued until her retirement in 1995.

She loved her home, and enjoyed sewing, cooking, working in her gardens and doing crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends; twice per week Sylvia and her group of friends would exercise and swim at the Charlotte High School swimming pool. Though the years, she has remained an active member of the Greater Federation of Women’s Club in Vermontville. She always looked forward to the many adventures the group would take during the year.

Sylvia is survived by her two daughters, Betsy Parish, and Jane Owen; a son, Paul (Debbie) Williams; two sisters, Mary Firth, Margaret (Pat) Maurer; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her infant son; her beloved husband; and her sister, Virginia Trumble,

Funeral services were held at The Daniels Funeral Home on Saturday, May 5 2018, with Pastor Karen Kinney officiating. Interment took place following the luncheon at Freemire Cemetery in Sunfield Township

Memorial contributions can be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund or the Lake Odessa Historical Society.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details, please visit our website at