In Memory of Marilyn Williams

By Children Rising | March 12, 2021

Marilyn Williams had a heart for teaching, opening the world of reading to our highest-need students. She will be sorely missed by our entire team.

This past November, Succeeding by Reading lost a dear member of our team. Marilyn Williams was a gifted volunteer tutor in our literacy program for over 10 years. She was part of a tight-knit tutor team serving at Markham Elementary School in East Oakland, and she delighted in working with our higher-need students. All Marilyn’s students learned the “Short Vowel Song” from her, and they would sing it together frequently! Her background as a kindergarten teacher gave her many insights into the work we do with struggling readers, and she was generous in sharing them with all of us. Despite battling illness, Marilyn continued tutoring faithfully throughout her treatment. We offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Marilyn’s family. Peace be to her memory.