Madonna Williams

August 4, 1938 to May 6, 2024


On May 6th, 2024, at the age of 85, in the presence of family, Madonna Williams (nee Oliver) peacefully passed away and joined her heavenly family. Madonna, known as “Donnie” and affectionately “Aunt Donnie” by many, was a beloved mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.

She leaves to mourn: Warrick, Audrey O’Brien (Jim, Erica, and Michael), Chris (Dwana and Sherri) and Lisa Woodfine (Tony, Emily, and Mackenzie (fiancé Nicholas), brothers-in-law Hector Williams (Elaine) and Les Baker of Listowel, Ont., special cousin Eleanor of Little Brook, N.S., and a large circle of other cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Predeceased by her husband Eric Wm., daughter Scharmaine, parents William and B. Maude Oliver, sisters Mary Kresky (Tony), Rose Stanich (Paul), Bernadine Gulliver, Maureen Baker, Genevieve Yard (Charles), Pauline Oliver (Deuce Gulliver), Georgina Draves (Wayne), parents-in-law Ernest and Rita Williams, sisters-in-law Audrey Williams, Lorna Auld (Norman), Clarice Williams (Albert), and brothers-in-law Harry Williams (Frances), and Owen Williams (Rebecca).

Born in St. John’s on August 4th, 1938, the sixth of eight daughters of William and B. Maude Oliver, Madonna was the last-surviving sister of their family. In 1958, she married her husband Eric Wm. Williams. During their 45 years together, they raised their family and resided in the Goulds where she continued to live until her passing. Madonna was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She took great pride in her family and was a loving, kind, and gentle woman. She encouraged and supported all her children and grandchildren in their endeavors.

Madonna loved hosting many family members on their return visits home after leaving NL. The sight of fresh clothes on the line and the smell of home-cooked dinners were the essence of Madonna’s nurturing presence. She warmed the hearts and bellies of all who had the pleasure to join her. Madonna took great delight in her travels to the mainland and United States to visit her beloved family and friends. A most-cherished journey was her family trip to Ireland to celebrate her 75th birthday.

She always found joy in a friendly game of cards or bingo, the excitement of a shopping trip, and the comfort of a warm cup of tea while doing her word searches with Irish Country and spiritual music playing. In the past few years, Madonna thoroughly-enjoyed her membership in the Goulds Daffodil Seniors Club.

She will be remembered for her beautiful dancing, tending to her garden, and her kind heart. Madonna will be dearly missed, forever loved, and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Special thanks to Rev. Fred Marshall, Father Francis Roche, and the nursing staff and doctors of 4 West at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital for their care of Madonna in her final hours.

The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8th and 9th from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Funeral with celebration of life will take place at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Goulds at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 10th. Interment to follow at Presentation Cemetery, Goulds.  Madonna’s funeral service will be livestreamed from St. Paul’s Anglican Church Facebook Page at:


“Gentle Woman”



2-9 p.m. on May 8, 2024

2-9 p.m. on May 9, 2024

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Friday May 10th

St. Paul's Anglican Church, Goulds

Interment to follow in Presentation Cemetery, Goulds.


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Condolences to the Williams’ and O’Brien family on the passing of your mom/grandmother. I worked with Audrey and she spoke of her mom often. She sounded like a lovely woman. So very sorry for your loss.

Dear Chris and family,
My sincere condolence on the passing of your of your beautiful mother.

Eileen Bussey

Yes ” Gentle Woman ” always. My sincere condolences to her beautiful family.

Lisa, Audrey and families, so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I never knew her personally but I heard lots of beautiful stories. Thinking about all the family during this difficult time.

Condolences to the Williams family

So sorry for the loss of your mom .My sincere condolences to Lisa, Warrick, Audrey, Chris and the Williams families

Chris & Family. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time. God Bless. John & Karen Mallard

TO All of Donnies Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom, a beautiful and gentle woman. Also to Hector& Elaine &Family Our sincere condolences to you all May her gentle soul rest in Peace.

Mom, Howard, and I would like to express our most sincere condolences on Donnie’s passing. I just found out and wanted to immediately say how much we’ll miss seeing Donnie and experiencing her gentle presence that touched the lives of so many family members and friends. May God be with her family and sustain and comfort them as they mourn her loss.


Dear Audrey, Warrick, Chris and Lisa, I know this is a very difficult time for you all. Your Mom was a very special lady and through the years I enjoyed when she came to Ontario for a visit. I will always remember her fresh made bread and those chocolate snowball cakes that she made. She will be missed by all that knew her. God Bless you all!

Lisa and family, Audrey& family, Chris & Family, Warrick, we are so sorry to know you are going through such grief. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult journey. Karen, Carl, Bradley and Jeffrey Hodder.

Lisa, Mackenzie, Emily and all the family, my sincere condolences.

Audrey and family. I am so sorry to hear the loss of your Mom. No matter how long we have them here with us it is never long enough. Rest in peace to your beautiful Mother

I would like to extend my condolences to Erica, & Michael, on the passing of their beautiful nan, as well as Audrey, Jimmy and all the family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. God Bless…

I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Williams passing. We send heartfelt condolences to all the family at this sad time. She was truly the nicest, sweetest, most gentle woman you could ever meet. May she RIP, heaven has gained the most beautiful angel. 💔

Lisa and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.You will keep your memories of her in your heart forever, and that is what will get you and your family through this…..hugs my friend 🧡

Chris and family. So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Condolences to the family.
Bride and Dan White

Oh my sweet sweet Aunt Donnie, forever rest in peace.
My deep condolences to my dear cousins, Audrey, Chris, Warrick & Lisa. And to all the family.
Your momma had and has a very special place in my heart. Always.