SUGAR, born in Brooklyn, New York the 20th of August 1966, she was the first child born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Alva and Maldotha Williams. This pretty little 5 lb 8 oz baby girl was named Maldotha Lamay Williams, and was befittingly nicknamed Little Sugar, thereby promoting her maternal grandmother’s nickname to Big Sugar.
Sugar first attended school in Brooklyn. Midway through first grade, when the family moved to Wyandanch, Long Island, she continued her formative education. In 1984 she graduated concurrently from Half Hollow Hills High School West (H.S. Diploma) and BOCES Wilson Tech (Nursing Assistant Diploma). She then went on to attend Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida.
Sugar had a penchant for developing skill-sets for the things that she enjoyed most - that being sewing, cake baking, and styling hair. When she was a preteen her mother taught her and Debbie to sew, and then enrolled Sugar and her sister in summer sewing classes at the Singer Sewing Machine Corp. school. If a garment needed to be made, Sugar could and would create it; and would wear it with her Sugar-finessness. As an adult she completed Cake Baking & Pastry School. Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, special occasion cakes, and holiday cakes were her specialty. Sugar’s cakes were not only beautifully ornate; they were delicious too. And then being a woman of style, becoming a licensed beautician was her natural progression. You can bet that if Sugar styled it, created it, or baked it; hands down, it was going to be a delectable memory that your senses could not forget.
Sugar was the mother of six beautiful children, Jamaine, Cameren, Vaughn, Leah, Sarah, and DeAndria. She also married her friend for life, Ralston Smith. Together, Sugar and Ralston cherished their little DeAndria, who they affectionately nicknamed Tata.
Life for Sugar, as with all of us, had its ups and downs. But one thing is for sure - Sugar rededicated her heart to the Lord before she stepped from time into eternity. In fact, she spent her final days reciting God’s word from memory and singing hymns, the final of which was the hymn It Is Well With My Soul, by Horatio Spafford.
Sugar was preceded in death by her father Alva E. Williams, Sr., daughter Rastani Smith, and granddaughter Lovevenia Williams. On Monday, the 20th of September, Sugar drew her first breath on the other side of time. Left in her wake to honor her memory are her sons Jamaine Williams, Cameren Williams, and Vaughn Williams; daughters Leah Spencer, Sarah Spencer, and DeAndria Nivens; her former husband and dear friend Ralston Smith; her mother Maldotha D. Williams; Siblings Deborah, Alva (Kendra), Aaron (Cyndi), Allen (Sharon), James (Joanne), Randolph, Francis, Shenika (Joshua), Michelle, Rebekah, and Andre; and a host of family, friends, and loved ones both near and far.
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