Elizabeth Ann Bollow Williams, 71 of Vass, North Carolina (formerly of Hummelstown, PA) passed away, peacefully, at her home early Sunday morning, on October 11, 2020.

A native of Shelbina, MO, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Elizabeth Daniel Bollow.  

It was love at first sight, when she met her future husband Timothy Martin Williams, at a high school year-book committee meeting.  After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Elementary Education, and marrying her high-school sweetheart, she taught Kindergarten in Mount Vernon, MO.  Over the years, the two became four and they left Missouri, settling in Phoenix AZ and later Pennsylvania.

She retired from teaching before her own two sons, Nathan and Joshua, entered school.  Her teaching skills continued on as she home-tutored Nathan, who had a learning disability.  Sending a tape recorder to school with Nathan, so that she could listen to his lectures, she then spent her evenings tirelessly helping him up with the day’s lessons.

The tragic and untimely death of her two sons, as they were entering adulthood, changed the course of her life forever.  Yet, she never lost her zest for life or her compassion for others.  She poured her love into her husband, friends, and the animals that came into her life.  

Those who were lucky enough to have Ann as a friend, knew a joyful woman who smiled with her eyes and laughed easily.  She was always ready for adventure – whether it be a carriage drive through the countryside with her beautiful horse, Roelof, or Happy Hour with friends.  Her enthusiasm and magnetic personality filled a room. As a daughter of lawyers and judges, she never was shy about sharing her opinion, including most recently, that President Trump not be re-elected. 

She loved dogs, horses, and stories with happy endings – evidenced by the fact that she holds the record for watching the Disney film “The Parent Trap”.

During the past few years, Ann struggled with Lewy body dementia which eventually robbed her of her short-term memory.  During this difficult time she was lovingly cared for at home by her husband with assistance from Hospice and close friends.  Thankfully, she no longer suffers.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 51 years, Timothy Williams, a brother, Dan Bollow, several brother and sister-in-laws from all over the country, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends – all of whom will remember her bright spirit with fondness.

A private memorial service will be held by the family. 

Memorials may be made to: Carolina Horse Park 2814 Montrose Rd., Raeford, NC  28376, The Walthour Moss Foundation PO Box 1794, Southern Pines, NC. 28388 and/or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation 150 Applecross Rd.  Pinehurst, NC. 28374. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.pinesfunerals.com.

Powell Funeral Home is honored to serve the Williams family. 

Memories Timeline


  1. Dear Tim,

    I’m filled with sadness to hear of Ann’s passing. She was indeed a special woman who brought joy and laughter to PNA. It was evident that you two shared a special bond as your face lit up each time she’d come to visit us in Harrisburg. How fortunate that she was able to stay in your beautiful home thanks to your tireless dedication and care. May the light that she brought to you and to others continue to shine as you reflect on the time that you shared.

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Warm regards,
    Jane Hungarter

  2. Even though Ann’s shining candle has gone dark, her memory shines bright for those touched by her. She will be missed BUT also remembered with smiles, a raised glass, laughs and tears.

  3. Tim

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of lovely Ann. She was a wonderful lady and the world is better because she was part of it.

    Sending you love and prayers,
    Melissa Melewsky

  4. Tim, over the years I’ve come to believe that no one is really dead who lives on in other peoples memories.
    The memories of Ann’s joy, laughter and occasionally tears will live on in all of us for many many years. Bean and I join the entire Lynett Family in sending condolences to you on your loss of your lovely wife.
    May Ann Rest In Peace.


  6. Aunt Annie was such a beautiful person, inside and out. My memory will always be her joyous “Ha!” followed by a keen observation. She had an old soul that made you feel warm and lucky to have in your presence. The perfect example of living gracefully.

    May she rest in peace. And may my dearest Uncle find peace in her memory.


  7. One of my most beloved memories of Aunt Ann is riding with her in her convertible Miata, well over the speed limit, as we went outlet mall shopping in Pennsylvania. Even when she would stall out the Miata, it was a reason to laugh. She taught me that taking yourself too seriously was a wasted endeavor. Her zest for life and ability to live in the moment inspired me at a young age to do what she did… seek out any and every moment to laugh and show love. I will miss her dearly but will keep these infinitely valuable examples and cherished memories in her honor.
    With love,
    Kelly Keogh

  8. Dear Tim,
    I am so very sad to hear about Ann’s passing. Please know that her obituary is perfect as it so captures her as a person and the love the two of you shared. Your marriage has always been an inspiration to me as you both lit up whenever you were around each other.
    May Ann rest in peace and may you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories full of love and laughter that you shared through the year. Jason and I both send our thoughts, prayers and a big hug.
    Lisa Knight

  9. My late husband, Joe, and I were warmly welcomed to PNA and made to feel comfortable by the Williamses. Ann was a delightful hostess, smiling and so friendly I remember her fondly.

  10. Tim:

    My condolences. I cannot imagine how heavy your heart must be. May Ann’s spirit sustain you in the years ahead.

  11. Ann will always be in my heart as my American mother whom I met in 1993 during my exchange year in the US! She was lovely, kind and had always this incredible smile. Thank you Tim for having me with you and Ann!!!! We are praying for you from Brasil!!! Love you always!!!!

  12. Dear Tim,
    The Masenheimer family sends our condolences for you at the passing of your dear Wife, Ann.
    Wishing you heartfelt sympathy.
    Fred, Elizabeth and Family

  13. Dear Tim,
    Blessings to you. Tricia and I are so sorry to learn of Ann’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of Ann and you and your family and the adventures we experienced with newspapers and NAM. We’ll keep you and those memories close to our hearts. God Bless.

  14. Dear Tim I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved and you will always be in my heart and she will always be there for you as the few weeks I got to know her it was like a lifetime I love to her smile and I looking forward each day to coming in to sit with her just to see her smile.A friend always.

  15. Tim, You and your family are in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Ann was a bright star and we know you miss her so much. May God Bless you.

  16. i am so sorry to read of Anns Passing I have just moved back to Shelbina . I am so so very sorry for the loss of your Dearest Life Long Sweet Heart, Ann .
    Conniw Lucas Weatherford

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