Our precious Abigail Williams of Mt. Vernon, IN, went to be with the LORD early Saturday morning, January 28, 2023, at St.Vincent Hospital, Evansville, Indiana. She was born on September 30, 1983. She was 39 years old.
She attended Evansville Christian School through eighth grade and graduated from Harrison High School. She interned at Disney World in Orlando, graduating from Ivy Tech with a degree in Interior Design. Through the years, she worked at Donut Bank, Ashley Furniture and Bliss Artisan. After her children were born, she gave her primary focus to being a fulltime mom. She was a charter member of 1on1 Church.
Growing up, Abi was a daddy’s girl, curling up in her sleeping bag beside him, while he wrote out the Word at the kitchen table. Abi fell in love with the ocean during her family’s yearly trips to Florida. She became a shark enthusiast and inspired the whole family to get together each year for a shark-themed party to celebrate Shark Week. She and Brian vacationed with their children each year at the beach.
She was a Disney movie lover and could sing along to most of the animated songs. She was a devoted mother to Cooper and Bristol. She believed being their mom was her greatest joy and calling in life. They were the most treasured parts of her. She passed along to them her love of sharks, Disney and the ocean. Most of all, Abi passed along to them her faith in Jesus, whom she loved with all her heart.
Abi had a real heart for those in need and would often bless them in secret. She was humble almost to a fault, never wanting to interrupt or bother others, respecting their busy lives. Her tastes were simple, elegant and practical. She carried into her own household her mother’s legendary reputation for frugality.
When she was diagnosed with metastic breast cancer not quite nine months before her death, she was in the best shape of her life, eating wisely and exercising diligently. She was always organized, early for appointments and levelheaded in her dealings with others. Brian says of her, “She was the most independent woman I’ve ever known.”
Though she deeply regretted the prospect of not being able to rear her children to adulthood through the milestones of their lives, Abi’s faith throughout her battle against cancer remained rocksolid and strong. When she knew the end was near, she gathered her family around her hospital bed and asked each of them what messages they would like her to deliver to their loved ones who were now in heaven.
Abi is survived by her devoted and loving husband Brian Williams, their six year-old son Cooper Jase and their two year-old daughter Bristol Lynn; her parents, Judith and Stephen Schwambach; mother-in-law Candy Brink, father-in-law Larry Williams; brothers Peter and Abraham; brothers-in-law Matt and Kevin; sisters Rebekah and Ariel; nephews Hunter, Michael, Garrett, Jonah, Peyton, Breighton, Aidan, Bentley, Coulson and Hank; great nephews TJ, Colton, Marvelous, Prince and Major; nieces Victoria, Mileyah, Alivia, Anna, Israel and Ariadne; great nieces Pasleigh, Eleanor and Brenley; cousins, aunts and uncles; many dear and close friends…and her loving 1on1 Church family.
She is preceded in death by her older sister Tabitha, by her maternal grandparents Marshall and Wahnita Buchanan and paternal grandparents Richard and Geneva Schwambach.
From the bottom of their hearts, the family would like to thank all those who donated platelets and blood to Abi during the last weeks of her life, giving them an extra handful of priceless, unforgettable days with their precious Abi. They would also like to thank the wonderful nurses and techs of St. Vincent Infusion Center and Hospital. So many of them expressed that she was one of the kindest, most grateful patients it had ever been their honor to serve. They truly loved Abi.
Please know this about Abi and her whole family: We are standing on the Word of God. His promises are true!
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
At Abi’s request, there will be no memorial service. It was her desire that her body be cremated and her ashes spread in the ocean she so loved.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Abi’s honor to 1on1 Church by text: (812) 202-4200; online: https://1on1.church/GIVE; or by mail: 1on1 Church/P.O. Box 15153/Evansville IN 47715.
Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN, is handling the arrangements and is honored to serve the family of Abi Williams. Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net
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