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May C. Williams

February 7, 1932 ~ May 27, 2022 (age 90)



         On May 27, 2022, after a period of declining health, our dear sister, mother and “Tata” peacefully completed her journey to God our Father.  At May’s death, and just as May was during her entire life, she was surrounded by her loving and prayerful family.  May was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on February 7, 1932.  May wed her husband, Edward (“Abdo”) Williams on June 18, 1950.  They settled in Canton, Ohio, in 1955, where together they raised their family.  May and Abdo celebrated over 67 years of marriage until his death on January 13, 2018.  May was preceded in death by Abdo, by May’s parents, Adib and Nelly Chebli and, by her brother-in-law, George Haddad.  Surviving May to celebrate and honor her life are her children and their spouses (all of whom May loved as her own): Joan A. Ezzie (Mike) of Columbus, Ohio; Joseph E. Williams (Lydia) of Solon, Ohio; Dr. George T. Williams (Claudia) of Canton, Ohio; and, Lillian A. Rambacher (John) of Canton, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren (with another expected); brothers Tony (Najat) Chebli, of Miami, Florida, and Elie (Najat) Chebli, of Statin Island, NY, NY; sisters Andree (Joe) Ade, of North Olmstead, Ohio; Mona (George) Balit, of Lebanon; Leila Haddad, of Lebanon; and, Amal (Adnan) Ferzli, of Coral Gables, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends both in the United States and abroad (all of whom May treasured).  No words (by volume or quality) can adequately describe May.  May was loving, kind, gentle, nurturing, devoted, humble, generous and meek (yet steadfast).  May was entirely selfless, always placing the needs of others above her own.  May created a wonderful and enduring legacy, the hallmark of which being May’s family.  By May’s words and actions, May gave (and continues to give) to us so many reasons to live just as she did (and many shining examples of how to do so).  May had the unique and special ability to enrich the lives of others.  May was the consummate homemaker.  May was very talented and skilled in many ways, being particularly known for her cooking and baking.  Though May will be deeply missed, she remains present in all of us.  We are greatly comforted by the certainty that May is enjoying eternity with our Heavenly Father, Christ our Lord, Abdo and all who have gone before her (where she will continue to be the greatest advocate for us).  May’s family extends a special thank you to Worthington Christian Home for the loving and compassionate care provided for “Mama May.”  In lieu of flowers, please donate to May’s Churches, St. Michael Catholic Church, Canton, Ohio, or Saint Elias Maronite Church, Kherbet, Kanafar, Lebanon, or to Worthington Christian Village Health Care Center, Worthington, Ohio.  The family has planned private services with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church with Monsignor James Clarke, Father Benson Okpara and Father Tom Bishop as Celebrants and private interment (next to Abdo) at North Lawn Cemetery.  The Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to 


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Mass of Christian Burial
June 3, 2022

12:00 PM
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
3430 Saint Michaels Blvd. NW
Canton, OH 44718

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