Obituary: Lisa R. Williams, secretary III, 47

Lisa R. Williams, a secretary III in the Facilities Management Department (FMD) at the School of Medicine, died Oct. 25, 2008. She was 47.

Williams worked for Jim Stueber, director of Facilities Engineering, since 1998. She previously worked for the Department of Radiology from 1993-98.

“She was a remarkable employee who had a very serving heart,” Stueber said. “She was the go-to person for a lot of things in FMD — she was the computer-savvy expert in the department and did a lot of extra things that were outside of her job. I called her the Energizer Bunny. She wanted to help everybody, and everybody enjoyed working with her.”

Joanne Coughlin, executive secretary in the Facilities Management Department, developed a close friendship with Williams during the 10 years they worked together.

“She was incredible,” Coughlin said. “She was a whiz at computers. Everybody went to Lisa with questions about computers and software. She was an extremely caring and thoughtful person and will be missed by all.”

Roy Van Hee, project engineering manager in the Facilities Management Department, wrote a poem in memory of Williams, titled “We’re Not the Same,” which remembers her for her smile and joy.

Williams is survived by her husband, Larry; a son, Larry Jr.; and parents, M.L. and Ima Johns, of Arkansas.