Kelli Cynthia Williams peacefully left this life surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 10th, 2023 at the age of 51. Born in Aiken, SC and raised in Columbia, Kelli is the daughter of the late Herbert Trotter Williams Jr.
Surviving are her devoted mother, Cynthia (Cindy) Bryant Williams of Lexington, SC; sister, Whitney Allison Williams and her husband, Christopher Lee Moore of Lexington, SC; her loving nephew, Charlie Walton Moore of Lexington, SC; Patricia Jones, her best friend and dedicated caregiver; and many cherished family members and friends who loved her beyond measure.
Although born with Cerebral Palsy and nonverbal, Kelli provided life lessons to all who crossed her path. She expressed her love (or dissatisfaction) with a darting glance, a sly smile or the squeeze of your hand. Chocolate milk, sweet tea and Nutter Butter cookies brought her immense joy, as did car rides, where the only requirement was wind-whipped hair and an outstretched arm catching the sun’s rays. Her superhuman strength was unparalleled, and it pushed her through life’s challenges when most would have faltered.
Kelli was the root of our family tree. Her parents nurtured her unconditionally and steadfastly. Through them, she had her voice - loud and fierce. Their dedication and depth of love is hard to comprehend but witnessed by all. Her sister managed to aggravate her with annoying snuggles and kisses, though Kelli’s feigned exasperation disguised her secret delight. Her uncles, aunts and cousins equally adored her, unrelenting in their faithfulness to the family princess.
Kelli taught us to love without words, without limits, without reasons. Hers was an unconditional love. She was a beautiful gift in our lives, who imparted to us her strength and unspoken wisdom. While her absence created an incredible void in our hearts, we know she is reunited with her daddy, who welcomed her at the gates with their new Tundra truck, so they can resume their daily “patrols” on Heaven’s streets of gold.
Our deepest, heartfelt thanks to the staff at Lexington Medical Center 3rd Floor ICU, specifically the wonderful nurses and technicians who treated Kelli with dignity and love. Drs Keith, Choe and Burnside also provided outstanding care and guidance during her hospitalization. A very special thanks to our family and friends who encouraged, supported and prayed for Kelli during her valiant fight.
Visitation will be at 10AM on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Barr-Price Funeral Home, 609 Northwood Road, Lexington, SC. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11AM in the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Babcock Center Foundation, PO Box 3608, West Columbia, SC 29171 or the charity of one’s choice.
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