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Priscilla Williamson 1943-2022

Priscilla Isham Williamson, 79, passed away peacefully at her home in Columbia, CT on April 8, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Hartford on March 9, 1943, Priscilla (Cil) was the daughter of the late Edith Bergsten Isham Merkle and Harold Kenneth Isham, Sr.


After graduating from Wethersfield HIgh School, she briefly attended Hartford College for Women and worked at the South Congregational Church in Hartford before starting her career at Southern New England Telephone in 1964. The phone company changed names several times and Priscilla made many friends over the years at the offices in Hartford, Manchester, Norwich, Willimantic and New Haven. She retired from AT&T in 2004.


Priscilla volunteered with many organizations throughout her life, including Reach to Recovery through the American Cancer Society, Pioneers, and the Windham Interfaith Sewing Group. The call to service is a family trait and we all hope we can be as generous with our time as she was. She also loved to travel and had many adventures with family and friends, snorkeling in the Caribbean and sightseeing throughout Europe. She also enjoyed hearing all the news from her friends and family and would spend hours on the phone, catching up and swapping stories (unless Jeopardy or UCONN Women’s Basketball were on!). She had a wonderful sense of humor and a beaming smile. Time spent with her was full of laughter, songs, and joy. She will be dearly missed.


Priscilla is survived by her son, Erik Williamson of East Hartford, CT, his wife Tammy and two daughters Samantha and Jamie; her daughter Jessica Williamson of Somerville, MA and her fiance Matthew; her sisters Virginia ‘Ginne’ Clark of Glastonbury, CT and Lorraine ‘Laurie’ Yankovich and her husband George of Buckeye, AZ; her stepbrother John ‘Jay’ Birden, III of Newtown, CT and his wife Maureen (MoeB); and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her brother Robert Lewis Bergsten and his wife Geri of Richlands, NC and her sister Joanne Milne of Glastonbury, CT.


A celebration of life and reception will be held at 1 pm on May 14th at the First Congregational Church on Valley St in Willimantic, CT. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Interfaith Sewing Program at 199 Valley St, Willimantic, CT 06226. Priscilla’s family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT and Trusted Angels Homecare for making her final journey comfortable and peaceful.



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