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Stacey Janine Atkins was born in St. Louis, MO on January 13, 1965 to Geraldine and Hayward Atkins. She was the third child of four siblings. She attended Southwest High School and graduated in May 1983. While in high school, Stacey was active on the volleyball team, glee club, pom squad, and drama club (she played Glenda the Good Witch in “Wizard of Oz” in her senior year). After high school, Stacey enjoyed jobs at Dierberg’s grocery store, MCI, and Citigroup, which allowed her artistic, outgoing personality to shine.
Stacey married in 1986 and had a name change to Williams. Stacey gave birth to and was the proud mother of two children, Shae D. Williams and Sean C. Williams. Stacey loved writing poetry, which she wrote under her poetry pseudonym, Ceila Summers. She also loved singing, watching game shows and old Cary Grant & Doris Day movies, and most of all, making people laugh. Her favorite candy bar was a “Pay Day” which she always had handy. She loved making sure her lipstick was well applied and in place when leaving the house and when receiving guests.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Stacey passed away at the age of 55 years old after years of battling complications from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was at home and surrounded by her family.
She is preceded in death by her father, Hayward Atkins.
Stacey is survived by her mother, Geraldine Atkins, her children, Shae D. Williams and Sean C. Williams, siblings; Stanley W. Atkins, Lisa Y. Atkins and Lilijana H. Shaw and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Stacey J. Williams will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (12000 Crooked Rd, Kansas City, MO) on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made in Stacey’s name to the Villalobos Rescue Center or The National MS Society.