Wendy Williams’ mother, Shirley Williams, has passed away. Wendy opened her show as usual yet it was apparent in her eyes that she had been crying. She immediately acknowledged a secret she has been holding. She shared her mother has been deceased for weeks. Wendy struggled through sharing the news and vowed not to cry in front of her audiences. She shared she had to remain strong for her son Kevin. Wendy made many references to her mother and shared she will be with her always. Her parents were married 65 years. Many prayers to the Williams family.
A journalist named Courtney Brown, who said her grandmother and Williams were best friends for 83 years, revealed the news on social media. Shirley Skinner Williams was a learning disabilities resource specialist at the Bradley School in Asbury Park, New Jersey during her career as a teacher.
She raised Wendy Williams and her two siblings, Wanda and Thomas, in Ocean Township, New Jersey after arriving there in 1959. According to an article in the Asbury Park Press, Williams was a civic leader and served in community organizations like the Monmouth County Council of Girl Scouts and the Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. She was also a member of the historically Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Besides her children, she leaves behind her husband, Thomas Williams, Jr.