INVERNESS, Fla. — Earlene Williams (née Sayward) passed away shortly after Thanksgiving 2021 in Inverness, Fla. She was 80 years old.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husband, David; and her youngest son, Steven. She is survived by her son, Edward Williams, of Portland, Ore.; her daughter, Kristen (Alex) Panamaroff; and her grandchildren, Ryan and Elinore, all of Fairbanks, Alaska. She has a wealth of friends in Florida and Maine.

She was devoted to her family and home. She loved to quilt and craft and became an expert quilter, enjoying challenges and the thrill of a new find of fabric. She was proud of her work, and her enthusiasm was infectious. She added many homemade touches to her homes, and was actively sanding, painting, and fixing up her beloved cottage even into her later years. She was always looking forward to the next project, and fully enjoyed life on the lake. After a lifetime in the cold and snow of Maine, her wish was finally realized when they moved to Florida in 1994. She wintered in Florida and stayed summers in Maine.

She was a treasured member of a circle of friends in quilting as part of the Citrus Friendship Quilters Guild and the Inverness Quilters. She belonged to widow groups in Florida and Maine where she could let loose a little and laugh. Her friends say she was the first to volunteer to organize parties and gatherings. She volunteered at the SOS Food Pantry food bank. She always remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, and you were certain to get a carefully picked out card or gift. She was always sending care packages to her grandkids, full of silly treats they enjoyed even as teenagers.

She was especially proud of going back to school later in life and getting her Associates Degree in Business Administration. She never gave herself enough credit for how smart she was. Some may not know this, but she was a lovely singer and has been a member of different Sweet Adelines groups over the years.

Sailing was a way of life while her kids were still at home. She was a wonderful first mate, and ran a tight ship, on our little 26 foot sailboat we would sail up and down the coast of Maine. Earlene enjoyed traveling and made several trips out west to see her kids and grandkids. Later in life, after David finally retired, they enjoyed taking cruises. She never wanted anyone to make a fuss over her, but there will be one anyway.

There will be a celebration of life in Maine in summer 2022, a date to be determined later. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local food bank in her name. Cards can be sent to Kristen Panamaroff, 3875 Geist Rd, Suite E393, Fairbanks, AK 99709.