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Nancy Lee Sanford Williams Ludwig, 88, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Athens, Alabama. Mrs. Ludwig was born on January 6, 1929 in Huntsville, Alabama. She married Robert Vaughan Williams of Athens on June 16, 1948 and they moved to the Williams family farm in Elkmont, Alabama. They were blessed with four children and 31 years of marriage before Mr. Williams' passing in 1979. In 1993, Mrs. Ludwig moved back to her family home in downtown Huntsville and later married David Ludwig on January 6, 2001. They enjoyed traveling and an active social life before Mr. Ludwig's passing in 2012. Mrs. Ludwig then returned to Athens to be near her family. Mrs. Ludwig was a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family and preparing family dinners. She especially enjoyed the youngest family members, always remaining "young at heart".
Preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Nell Turner Sanford of Huntsville; her husband, Robert Vaughan Williams of Athens; her husband, David Ludwig of Huntsville, her two brothers, John William Sanford of Huntsville and Thomas H. Sanford, Jr. of Alexandria, Louisiana and her son-in-law, William Leslie Nelson.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Williams Nelson of Athens and Leigh Williams Houlder and her husband, Steve of Newnan, GA; by her two sons, Robert V. Williams, of Huntsville and his wife, Susan, and John H. Williams and his wife, Lesa, of Elkmont; 8 grandchildren, Gayle Nelson Brown and husband, Jason, Leslianna Nelson Garlington and husband, Andy, Kathryn Houlder Senger and husband, Robert, Adele Houlder, J.R. Williams, Kaitlyn Williams Bell and husband, Austin, Kasey Williams and Allie Williams; 8 great-grandchildren, Nancy Grace Brown, Nelson Brown, Gray Garlington, Eli Garlington, Kara Senger, Rob Senger, A.J. Bell and Lizzie Bell.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 until 10:45 at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17, at Athens City Cemetery with Jason Brown officiating. The interment will immediately follow.
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Published on February 15, 2017
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