"Despite medical difficulties, Carmella believed in the power of God and the power of prayer. She prayed daily for God's will."
Carmella was born in Philadelphia to Gwendolyn Beaty and Marvin Williams. She graduated from South Philadelphia High School and received an associate degree from the Thompson Institute, now the Kaplan Career Institute.
She worked in the medical- billing and office-management field with Community Council MH/MR, Presbyterian Hospital and other institutions.
Lupus, with which she was diagnosed in 1974, causes inflammation, pain and damage in the body, but under doctors' care, "Carmella was determined to have a full life," her family said. "She battled through the symptoms and never stopped being a mother, daughter, fiancee or friend.
"Throughout her illness, she continued to give of herself, supporting others through babysitting, and being an active participant in church functions.
"Even though having lupus caused Carmella great discomfort most of the time, she never allowed her condition to defeat her spirit.
"Carmella was always laughing, joking, encouraging and helping those around her."
She is survived by her mother; three daughters, Shanea, Shalea and Shabrea; and her fiance, Clifford King.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Miracle Temple Church of Christ, 2600 Tasker St. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery.
Contact John F. Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-5573.