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In memoriam: Eunice Williamson

Eunice Williamson
Eunice Williamson, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor emeritus, died May 15 at age 70. She retired from UC ANR in 2003 after 33 years.

Williamson started her career with UCCE in 1970 as a 4-H youth development advisor for the EFNEP youth program and 4-H youth program in Riverside County. Later, as UCCE nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor in Riverside County, she was responsible for all aspects of the program, including adult and youth EFNEP. In 1991, Williamson was appointed acting county director for UCCE in Riverside and in 1994 accepted the permanent position until 2002, when she became a UCCE nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor in Los Angeles County.

In the Riverside community, she was active with the NAACP for more than 30 years and was president for more than a decade, according to longtime friend and former colleague Constance L. Garrett Lexion, UCCE nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor emeritus in San Bernardino County.

“She established the Head Start Program and Youth ACTSO Program, where teens competed nationwide for scholarships based on academics and various talents,” Lexion said. “Eunice was active on all levels of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – state, regional and national – working at many conferences.  She helped many branches of NAACP in Southern California get moving.”

Williamson, who earned a degree in institutional dietetics from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and was active in Amos CME Church in Riverside.

Williamson is survived by her mother, Christine Williamson of Hope, Ark.; brother, Johndell (Narvell) Williamson of Washington, Ark.; and sisters Vercenia Collier, Wanda Bullock and Marilyn Trotter all of Hope, Ark., Sharon Sowell (Jerry) of LaRue, Texas, and Pamela (Hiram) Smith of Oklahoma City, Okla. 

For more information, read her obituary at

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 1:36 PM

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