Amelia Kay Williams, known to her friends and family as Kay, went home to the embrace of her savior and friend Jesus Christ at the age of 82.
A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, with Jesus’ love and guidance she was victorious over the trauma from that abuse, as well as Alcoholism and domestic violence. With His loving support, she went back to college at the age of 35 while working full time and raising a son, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1980. She also sponsored many women who were early in recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.
She went on to a career in the Guardian Ad Litem’s Office of the Alabama Department of Human Resources, a child welfare agency that helps abused children. She was a dedicated advocate for abused and neglected children, a devoted mother, and steadfast Christian.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Chalice Wood Harden; her father, George Alexander Harden; an uncle and aunt, Morris and Sarah Harden; her sister, Jo Ann (Harden) Sheehan; and her brother in-law, Rudy Sheehan.
She is survived by her niece, Amy Sheehan Kirby; her son, Jay Ruybal, and her son-in-law, Russ Ruybal.