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Official Obituary of

Alexandra S. Williams

March 12, 1949 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Alexandra Williams Obituary

Alexandra Samler Williams (Alex) died peacefully in an assisted living facility, Maplewood at Stony Hill, Bethel, CT, at the age of 74. She had been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in November 2021, but had been having related symptoms in the months before she was able to get an appointment. She was initially cared for by her husband at their home in New Paltz, NY and then with the assistance of two wonderful home health aides. When her condition recently deteriorated, she moved to the memory care floor at Maplewood in November 2023.

Alex is survived by her husband, Joel Williams, her daughter, Sarah Hawkins (Eric), her sister, Mary Williams (Keith), and her grandchildren, Henry, Edward and Paige. She was predeceased by her parents, Ogden and Alice Samler, and her sister, Nancy Samler, who died after a brief illness on January 26, 2024. Alex was born in Syracuse, NY on March 12, 1949.

She spent her elementary and middle school years in Glen Rock, NJ, and her high school years in England with her parents and sisters and graduated in 1967 from The American School in London. Her family moved back to the U.S., and Alex started her freshman year at William Smith College, Geneva, NY. She graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in psychology. In January 1972, Alex met her future husband on a blind date and they were married in August. They spent time in NYC in the summer of 1973 while Joel completed training as a corporate lender at Citibank and enjoyed socializing with the other trainees. They then moved back to the Albany area for her husband’s bank job, and Alex later received her M.A. in Speech Pathology from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY. That Fall she started her new career with Shenendehowa Central Schools, Clifton Park, NY. After her daughter, Sarah, was born, Alex remained active in her field working both in private practice in the public school system. She retired from her last position with the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District in 2010. Alex and her family enjoyed living in Saratoga Springs for 40 years of which they spent 30 years in the same neighborhood.

Since Alex had moved multiple times growing up, it was her goal for Sarah to remain in one place until she went to college which we did. Family activities included attending school events, cello lessons, sailing on Lake George, and domestic and European travel. At a young age, our daughter learned to speed skate as a member of the Saratoga Winter Club. Alex was an active participant as a volunteer and official at both the local skating rink, and at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid where she was happy to have the loan of a full-length fur coat to brave the very cold temperatures. With Alex and Joel’s support, and a great coach, Sarah eventually qualified for three, U.S. World Cup Teams and traveled internationally to compete. She “retired” so she could attend Hamilton College where she met her husband, Eric. Alex had an active social life which included her fellow educators and their spouses. She enjoyed sailboat racing, cruising, island camping, hiking in the Adirondacks, biking and attending a monthly book club. She had great mentors, friends, and family members who are mourning her untimely death.

In lieu of flowers, it would have been her wish to have donations made in her honor to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047. Donations can be made securely online, and her family will receive a list of donors so we can thank you .“The details of a celebration of life to be held in Saratoga Springs will be announced in the Spring”.

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Lewy body dementia association
912 Killian Hill Rd SW, Lilburn GA 30047
Tel: 1-404-935-6444


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