July 27, 1948 ~ May 29, 2020
Carolyn Williams-Espinoza was born on July 27, 1948, to the union of James and Dorothy Williams (nee Davis) in Peoria, Illinois. Carolyn was a wordsmith and avid book reader who received her early childhood education until eighth grade in Lufkin, Texas. She passed her General Educational Development test and graduated Cum Laude in December 2003 from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in English, English: Writing, and Political Science. She was also inducted in the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society on April 22, 2003. Carolyn moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1968 at the age of 19. Anthony (Tony) and Mildred Willis saw a beautiful soul and accepted her as their own. Their children informally adopted her as well. Judy Baity, Jacqueline Willis, Zenobia Willis, Eddie Willis, Marvin (Butch) Willis, Dale (Buster) Willis, Michael Willis, and Tommy Willis treated her as one of the family. Carolyn accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 31. Most recently, she was an Elder at Walking In The Spirit Ministries, Inc. As a servant leader, she worked on the finance team, served as the Bookstore Director, and coordinated recordings of the services with local news and radio stations as the Television Ministries Director. She gave of her time and resources and was a blessing to so many. She had a giving spirit and even opened up her home to transient people who needed a place to stay. She was most recently employed as an Administrative Secretarial Assistant with the Milwaukee County District Attorney and worked until the very end. She took great pride in her work and her diligence and dedication set a standard that few can equal. In her leisure, she enjoyed reading, researching the Bible, debating the Word of God with her friend, Kaye Elaine Tucker, shopping, giving to those in need, talking with her family, and spending time with her church family. Carolyn was gently stubborn, had a joyful laugh, and lived her faith every single day. Carolyn Williams-Espinoza departed this life on May 29, 2020, after more than 10 years of battling end-stage renal disease. She was a fighter. She was determined. She was preceded in death by her great grandparents; grandparents; parents; sister, Laverne Stegall; bonus brothers, Eddie Willis, Tommy Willis, and Marvin (Butch) Willis; daughter, Alicia Cooper; and son, Loring R. Cooper II. Her legacy is strong. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Crystal Eugenia Preston Brown, Eraina Lauren Cooper, and Adrienne N. Cooper; her sons, Eddie Lee Williams and Charles Edward Preston, Jr. (Robin); her sister, Helen Elaine Sowell; her grandchildren, Keondre Walton-Cooper, Kyler Heredia, Lawrence Carpenter, Quincy Richards, LaDashia Cannon, Joshua Jerrod Preston, Megan Ashley Preston, Shavoca Denise Jordan, Shannon Williams, and Avery Lee Williams; her great-grandchildren, Jasiah Carpenter, Faith McMillian-Green, Tenaya Jordan, Trevonn Jordan, Tyrell Jordan, Jeremiah Dean, Trinity Dean, Zara Hallberg, Melody Allgood, and Immanuel Amir Allgood; and a host of other cousins, nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, family, friends, and those who fondly called her Mama Carolyn. To view Carolyn's Digital Obituary - please click here Donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund / National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin in her honor.