Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Victor Smith and Mamie McDaniels. As a child she lived in Richmond, Va.; she later attended Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., and Lamar High School in Lamar, S.C.
She returned to Baltimore at 18. She worked as a dietary aide at a nursing home and as a teacher’s helper at a nursery school. In 1991 she joined the staff of Coppin State University in custodial services.
“She had an impeccable work ethic, integrity and a jovial nature that earned her a reputation as the go-to person in custodial services,” said her husband, Paul A. Williams. “She was punctual and rarely took personal time off. She was loved and respected by all the professors, staff and students at the university.”
In 2014 she received the employee of the year award at Coppin. She retired in 2016.
She was a member of Hemingway Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cherry Hill, and participated in its class leaders ministry, fellowship choir, missionary ministry and young people’s department. She assisted in the church kitchen.
She enjoyed movies, bargain hunting and hosting cookouts. She made beaded jewelry and crocheted scarves, hats and blankets.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 8615 Church Lane, Randallstown.
Survivors include her husband of eight years, a Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks leader and coach; two sons, Tavon Williams and Samar Williams, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Andrea Williams of Virginia; her mother, Mamie McDaniels of Florence, S.C.; three brothers, Philip “Ricky” Rueben of Richmond, Va., Boyd McDaniels III of Columbia, S.C., and Zachary McDaniels of Baltimore; two sisters, Tara Bines of Columbia, S.C. and Connie Williams of Florence, S.C.; and four grandchildren.