Emma D. Williams

January 2nd, 2020

Emma De Guzman Williams, age 83, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on January 2, 2020.

Emma was born in Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines on September 25, 1936; she was the dear daughter of the late Narseco Benvenido De Guzman and Urbana (Fuster) De Guzman.

Emma was the devoted mother of Maria Forbes and her husband Thomas of Saratoga Springs, NY, Jane Williams and her partner George Stribley of Wilmington, MA, Nancy Williams of Wilmington, MA and Yvette Lovstad of Los Angeles, CA. She was the loving “Lola” of Scott, Tyler, Hanover, Maxwell and Alexandra. Emma was one of eleven siblings and is survived by her sister Nilda Palacios, as well as an extended family of nieces and nephews in the Philippines.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 4th for Visiting Hours from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Emma’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or to the American Stroke Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Emma D. Williams”

  1. Jackie Draper says:

    You will be missed by all your friends at Deming Way. RIP Emma

  2. Martha says:

    Mike and I send our heartfelt condolences to your family. Love never ends. It transforms us. Xoxo

  3. Erika says:

    I will always have fond memories of eating the egg roll wraps and your tender heart. Grace and peace to you forever more.

  4. Jack Hammer says:


    I’m so sorry for your loss. She must have been an amazing and inspiring Mom.


  5. Carol Tyrell says:

    Hi Nancy and Maria and family, my condolences on the death of your beloved mother. I had to pleasure of meeting her and learning about her culture and foods that nourished her soul. I remember her laughter and beautiful spirit. Her legacy and light will continue to shine brightly in her children. I hope you will continue to make the wonderful foods that she enjoyed. Be well, and know that death is hard, but time and the memories of mom will lessen the pain. Be gentle with yourselves and each other during this difficult time. Carol

  6. Becky LeBlanc says:

    I wish I could be there your mom was the best. My condolences and prayers to you all. Be strong she is with the angels.

  7. Deacon Ed and Karen Solomon says:

    What a beautiful picture of your mom, Maria. It is clear where you got your smile. Your mom now smiles always in the presence of the God who made her and brought her home. Our prayers, love and support are with you and all of your family as you mourn. We entrust you all to the tender arms of the God infinite love whom your mom now experiences in the fullness of life.

    Deacon Ed and Karen Solomon

  8. Barbara Forbes says:

    Maria, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May your many happy memories give you strength during this difficult time.

  9. Rasmus says:


    I am sorry to hear about your loss. Emma was always kind to me.
    I could always see how proud she was of her strong and smart daughters when she spoke of you.

    My condolences to you and your sisters and nieces and newphews.

    - rasmus

  10. Judith Connell says:

    Nancy – I told you I left a message on line but today I don’t see it. you and your family have my codolences – thoughts and prayers

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