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Virginia Williams, Mother of Former Mayor Anthony Williams, Dies at 87

Virginia Williams

Virginia Williams, the mother of former Mayor Anthony Williams, died of a brief illness yesterday in Los Angeles at age 87.

Williams, who adopted the future mayor when he was 3 years old, was billed as the "first mother" of D.C. during her son's mayoralty. Williams, whose ubiquity during her son's administration earned her the nickname "Nana" in the mayor's office, filled for her son by making appearances and singing at civic events.

"My mother was a great joy in my life, and she had a huge impact on the District," Anthony Williams said in a statement.

Williams, sometimes accused of having too much influence over her son, brought a lively edge to his administration:

She breezes around town in a red Dodge Intrepid driven by her new friend, 83-year-old Carol Parris. Williams's warm, hugs-for-everyone personality–quite a contrast to her more reserved son–has made her such a popular proclamation-reader and speech-giver that a mayoral aide now handles her schedule.

And then there's the singing.

Williams stayed involved in D.C. politics after the end of her son's administration—here's a feisty Williams telling Adrian Fenty to stop bugging his predecessor for an endorsement.

"The District of Columbia has been immeasurably enriched by her life, and we are thankful for her legacy even as we are saddened by her loss," Vince Gray said in a statement.

D.C. services for Williams will be announced later this year.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Please Change

    Due to the climate of the mayoral election, I suggest that her picture be replaced with another one with no political propaganda linked to the current candidates.

    This picture can be misconstrued as Ms. Williams endorsing Vince Gray.

    May her soul rest in peace.

  • WeWillAllTasteIt

    One always hears the name Virginia Williams, mother of former Mayor Anthony Williams, in DC political circles for being a pillar in the advancement of black politicians in this city.

    Gray was the last candidate endorsed by Williams so I think the picture above is fine. It shows nostalgia of the work of this compassionate woman.

    Rest in Peace Virginia. Rest in Peace.

    Anthony Williams, I send my condolences to you and your family.

  • Marvin E. Adams

    I, like most others, I would imagine, only have positive things to say about Mrs. Williams. Classy, elagant, and ALWAYS took the time to speak and spend a few moments of her time with others. I had the pleasure of interacting with her on numerous occasions over the years, and was richly rewarded because of it.

    My condolences to former Mayor Anthony Willimas and his family, during this time of transition. Mrs. Williams, R.I.P.

  • Corky

    What a sweet lady. She really brought a much needed air of civility, warmth and sweetness to DC. May she rest in peace and condolences to the Williams family.

  • Typical DC BS

    She did a great job raising former Mayor Williams. Didn't know he was adopted. What a wonderful mom.

  • DCShadyBoots

    I absolutely LOVED Virginia Williams. She was truly the First Mother of DC during the two terms of our most effective Mayor. RIP beloved.

  • http://themanopener Camel

    Tony Williams has endorser Jack.

  • Really?

    Ms. Williams was a wonderful women who always took the time to speak and always seemed sincere. She LOVED her son and everyone knew it. My condolences go out to the Williams family.

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  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

    My best wishes goes out to Tony Williams. A mother is a wonderful gift from Allah.

  • Windy Carson-Smith

    Prayers and condolences to the family of Mother Williams. She was a beautiful, gentle, refined lady who gave her best to this city, to her son's administration and to countless organizations and causes throughout the city. She will be missed.