Elandria Williams Death – Dead : Elandria Williams Obituary : Former UUA co-moderator Dies.
We lost Elandria Williams yesterday, one of the former UUA co-moderators and a member of the UU church in Knoxville, Tennessee. While I didn’t know Elandria personally, the workshop I attended this past GA was the one E helped present in and many of my more-involved UU friends knew Elandria personally.
Cause of Death.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Ethan Contini-Field wrote
Elandria, you had the most perfect combination of boundless love for humanity and complementary absolute impatience for injustice. I can’t believe that one of the most inexhaustible people I’ve ever met is now… exhausted. We need your love, wisdom, talent, humor, and truth now more than ever. We will have to make do – somehow – with you in our shared memory eternal.
I will miss you so much.
Amanda Schuber wrote
The Universe loaned you to us for what was much to short of a time. You were a gift in my life. Our years of growing together in our faith were pivotal in my formation. My heart and prayers are with your parents and family. I am better for you being in my life. You rest now, and we will carry your work forward.
Leanne Todd wrote
Elandria, you pushed me to be better. To grow, to believe in humanity, to push for justice in the world around me. I light a candle tonight to honor your passing and send healing to your family. You had the ability to make us all smile and laugh in some of the most stressful moments. Some of my fondest memories of C*UUYAN have you in them. I still remember you “bringing us to church” one evening in Toas, NM. Those are the moments I carry deepest in my heart. You lived a life deeply rooted in our faith and love for humanity and we are all better for having you in our lives, even for just a moment.
Mykal Slack wrote
My heart goes out to all of you and especially Elandria‘s Beloved Family. She was such a force and had so much love for Unitarian Universalism and for all of us. I and the rest of the Black Lives of UU family send our condolences.
Betty-Jeanne Rüters-Ward wrote
My heart breaks for everyone who knew Elandria, especially Elandria’s dear family. What a tremendous loss.
Elandria loved their home congregation so much – it was palpable. Thank you for helping empower Elandria into who they were, and nurturing .
Carol Ann Lewis wrote
Oh this is such sad and unexpected news. Sending condolences to their family and to the congregation. They were such a force in UUusm. May she Rest In Peace
Patrick McLaughlin wrote
What a terrible loss.
I got to know Elandria working on the UUA board together—joking, laughing, doing hard work, sometimes terribly painful work together.
Time with E was a gift; Elandria’s heart and soul were very large, and it was a privilege to be held in it. I will miss E.
Sophronia Ward wrote
How tragic to lose such a wonderful dynamic woman so soon. Elandria, you gave much to the world. Rest in peace. Much love to Elnora, Erven and Frederick.
Lisa Kelly Eason wrote
My heartfelt condolences to their family, friends, church community and the entire UU Community. I was fortunate to learn from Elandria this summer at AUUA ProDays. I so appreciated their wisdom & heart.
Miriam Davis wrote
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Williams family and all who knew and loved Elandria. May her memory be for a blessing.
Alana Presley Taylor wrote
Sending love and light, from Denton, TX. I met Elandria at the UU Young adult Climate Justice training in 2015 (Chicago). I have always been so grateful for her compassion and grace. Her words of wisdom have stayed with me and fueled much of the social and environmental justice advocacy I do everyday.
Julie Conrady wrote
The UU Church of Birmingham sends our love to Elandria’s family and friends in this impossible time. May we honor and remember E in the work we do to bring our faith into the future.
Kirsten Hunter wrote
What a loss for all who knew them and oh how their voice will be missed in this world💔 holding Elandria’s family and all who are grieving in my heart.
Miguelito Car-Itu wrote
I am so sorry for our loss to everybody that knew their beautiful soul, what an amazing and beautiful legacy Elandria Williams is leaving us and living within us ,specially to take care of ourselves. They always cared about my wellbeing. I have always believed in the nakedness of our souls while doing organizing work, and sibling Elandria believed in that as well. To all the beautiful souls from PeoplesHub the ones I know personally (Jardana Peacock) and the ones who are a connection of our community, may their love, care and being chingona be with you all. Sending you love from someone who is taking a break to take care of his mental and physical health.
“To be a strong leader in our community doesn’t mean that we have it all together, to be a strong leader means that we, indeed, do not have it all together.