Ann Elizabeth Williams

No Services are planned for Ann Elizabeth Williams, 83, who passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024.  She was cremated.

Annie was born in Chicago, IL, Oct. 3, 1940, where she attended public schools.  She was the daughter of Allan Craft Williams and Louise Seavey (Foss) Williams, who predeceased her; she was also predeceased by a brother, Allan Cressey Williams.  Survivors include many cousins.

Annie had a BA from Hiram College, Hiram, OH, in 1962, and a MS in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1963.  She earned an MA in history from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, in 1968 and a PhD in medieval history from Emory University, Atlanta, GA, in 1976.  While in college she spent summer vacations working as a para-professional librarian at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, and the Peabody Museum of Anthropology, Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.  She received a fellowship from the American Association  of University Women when she did her research in London, England.  From 1976 until 1986 Annie often taught a night class in the KU History Dept, usually about medieval English history.

Annie worked as a librarian at Mount Holyoke College, 1963-1968, at American International College, Springfield, MA, 1971-1974, and at the University of Kansas Libraries 1974-2002.  While at KU she worked in the Special Collections Dept. at Spencer Research Library, and later in the Cataloging Dept. in Watson Library.  During her final years at KU she also was the library liaison with the KU Dept. of Religious Studies.  After retiring she ran Annie’s Used Books and Search Service on the web until 2014, and also volunteered with the GED program at the Adult Learning Center here in Lawrence.

Contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St, Lawrence, 66046.  Arrangements are with Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, KS.  Online condolences can be made at