Anastasia Jeane Williams, 32, died as the result of a tragic accident in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 12, 2013. Her funeral service is to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at University Heights Baptist Church. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Anastasia rushed into this world as a miracle baby on Jan. 9, 1981, in Oklahoma City, being born three months prematurely at 1 pound 15 ounces (small enough to barely fit in your hand). She spent two months in the neonatal ICU, and came home weighing four pounds. This did not hold her back. She attended Stillwater Public Schools where she graduated from high school with honors and was an accomplished violinist in the orchestra.
At an early age, Anastasia was attracted to the fashion industry, being a model for the Fullerton Agency in Oklahoma City. In a Dallas, Texas, competition, she won first place in her category. She also modeled for a local sculptor, Lou Hale, for a fundraising event for Stillwater Medical Center. Out of fatherly love, her father sweated through the auction, and would not permit anyone else to purchase her beautiful sculpture, so he ended up the highest bidder. As an independent, ambitious and successful woman, she earned a scholarship and attended college at Drexel University in Philadelphia, because of their renowned reputation in fashion. Her senior collection was selected the “Best of Show” award in Drexel’s Senior Fashion Show, and she was published on the full-page introduction to the Lifestyle section, on Dec. 14, 2003, in the Stillwater News Press.
After graduation, Anastasia moved to New York City where she designed for several fashion companies, including Anna Sui, J. Crew, Manchu, and others. Her specialty was in women’s outerwear/coats, and had the opportunity to sell her designs at stores, including White House/Black Market. She even received a front row VIP ticket from Anna Sui to Fashion Week, and sat next to Beyonce. Her favorite pastime was to design costumes for “Off Broadway” shows, including Shakespeare in the Park held at Central Park in Manhattan. She loved dressing up in costumes, and developed a signature style always topped off with a funky hat, oversized sunglasses and high heels. Her artistic passions included acrobatic aerial arts on the silk rope, taught by the Cirque de Soleil professional artists. She loved traveling, and the springtime Brooklyn Botanical Garden flower shows, and always made sure to have a fresh vase of flowers at home. In New York City, she and her sister, Jamie, cherished their tradition of 1920s jazz costume parties, picnics in the park and summer bicycle rides.
In her short life, she observed the best and the worst of New York City life. On Sept. 11, 2001, the first stop on her subway that morning was the World Trade Center. She was fortunate to run to safety through all of the dust, but still witnessed firsthand the apocalyptic fall of the Twin Towers. She braved through the New York City electric black out, and, most recently, weathered Hurricane Sandy with the companionship of her devoted sister, Jamie, and her beloved cats, Sambuca and Isabella. She was empathetic and encouraged many people during the 2009s economic depression effect on New York City, and will be dearly missed by them. She shined bright with optimism for the improving economy and new opportunities while recently further advancing her design technology education at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Anastasia was a survivor through all of her experiences.
She had such a vivid, creative, sensitive, compassionate, loving, strong and giving personality. She was loved by all of her friends as a truly bright and unique soul, and was without a single enemy. Anastasia placed her trust and faith in Jesus, and was baptized by her grandfather, Dr. Kyle M. Yates Jr., at University Heights Baptist Church, where she was thoughtfully instructed in the Christian faith. Today, we are comforted with peace that she resides with Jesus in paradise, and we know we will see her again. As she was born prematurely into this world, she was also born again in Heaven too soon. Anastasia would compassionately witness to each of you to place your trust and faith in Jesus, as everything in this world is only temporary, while our lives with God is eternal in the life to come. John 3:16.
Anastasia is survived by her parents, John D. Williams, MD and Peggy J. Williams, of Stillwater; sister, Jamie Annabelle Williams, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her maternal grandmother, Jeanne Yates, of Stillwater; uncle, David Monroe Yates and wife Carolyn and her three daughters and families, of Norman; aunt, Anna Maria Johnson, and her husband, Dr. Jon Johnson, MD, of Stillwater; aunt, Carolyn Mariani, and her husband Dennis, of Tulsa; aunt, Marilyn Wilson, and her husband Tony, of Edmond; uncle, Dr. Sidney D. Williams, MD, and his wife, Miriam, of Stillwater; and uncle Dr. James R. Williams, MD of Lawton. She is also survived by her cousins, Anna Maria Williams, of Oklahoma City; India Williams, RN, of Oklahoma City; Jamison Williams, his wife Amanda, and son Bennett, of Stillwater; Jennifer Williams, MSW, of Amarillo, Texas; Sidney Williams III, his wife, Robyn, and sons Dalton and Cody, of Rockwall, Texas; Spencer Williams, and his wife Stacia, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Angela Mariani, RN, her husband Scott Dean, and son Isaiah, of Tulsa; Anna Maria Mariani of Stillwater; Catherine Wilson of Tulsa; Christina Dasch, and her husband, Jeff, of Arlington, Va.; Jon Mark Johnson, his wife Janice, and daughter Hannah, of Owasso; Mariah Johnson of Moore; and Elizabeth Johnson of Moore.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dr. Kyle M. Yates, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Anna Belle Williams; and paternal grandfather, Sidney D. Williams, Sr., Attorney.
Memorial contributions may be made in Anastasia’s name to the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation at P.O. Box 2408, Stillwater, Okla., 74076.