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Jeanie Promise Williams

January 13, 2024

Jeanie Williams Obituary

Jeanie Promise Williams (35), passed away on January 13, 2024, at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jeanie was born on September 12, 1988, as Levi Richard Williams in Sioux City, Iowa. Throughout her life, she called many places home, including Kansas City, Orlando, and, most recently, St Petersburg, Florida. When summarizing her life in the span of a few short paragraphs, the words written here seem to come woefully short of describing exactly how larger than life she really was. 

Jeanie’s story is not one of simplicity. Her life was complex and not one that would ever be described as easy or simple, at least not for her. She struggled in big ways and little ways for the majority of her life. But one thing that's consistent throughout every stage of her life is that she was loved. She impacted the lives of so many people that surrounded her. Part of that impact came from working for the Florida Harm Reduction Collective in St Petersburg, Florida, as a program manager. She had a deep understanding and an unwavering commitment to the community she served and was tirelessly dedicated to helping others who were going through the same struggles she had. She was outspoken in the world of harm reduction and dedicated her professional life to working for the nonprofit that has changed and saved lives, working to reduce risk and fighting for those struggling in recovery. Her most recent project she was developing at the collective, named "Jeanie's Project'" in memory of her, provides information and free resources to transgender individuals using Hormone Replacement Therapy. 

Jeanie loved to spend time at Disney World. She loved advocating for the LBGQT community and speaking out against oppression and hate. She was larger than life and compassionate beyond measure. She was kind, intelligent, witty, hilarious, beautiful, loyal and so understanding. She was thoughtful, sarcastic, and progressively thinking. Her story was one that touched the lives of many. As a recovering addict and trans woman, Jeanie tirelessly fought for equality, justice, and healing. The last was all she ever really wanted for herself and everyone she touched. Her life is something that will always be celebrated. 

She lived a life that was often plagued by her own demons. In a world that is often a battleground for far too many, the hope is that her story of tragedy will turn another’s story into one of celebration. Someone else's story of addiction becomes a story of survival and recovery. The hope is that something positive can come out of this heartache. Something good from this unimaginable pain of losing another soul to this war of drug addiction. If this tragedy affects just one person who struggles with the same demons she did, if it can be enough to help their ending turn out differently than hers, then let us celebrate that story as a tribute to her life. 

Jeanie is survived by her parents Pamela and Brian Williams; sister Jillean (Shawn) Williams, grandmother Joyce Bond, grandmother Romona Moore, a niece, nephew, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to one of the following charities:

“Jeanie’s Project" thru (FLHRC) Florida Harm Reduction Collective - Help us keep her hard work and dedication to her community alive forever!

 https://www.flhrc.org/donate

Or

 (NAMI) National Alliance on Mental Illness

https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Donate-to-NAMI

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Services

Gathering of Family and Friends
Saturday
January 27, 2024

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sorensen Funeral Home
3180 30th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Celebration of Life
Saturday
January 27, 2024

1:00 PM
Sorensen Funeral Home
3180 30th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Video is available for this event


Donations

Jeanie's Project
1525 16th St S, St. Petersburg FL 33705
Web: https://www.flhrc.org/donate

National Alliance on Mental Illness
P.O. Box 49104, Baltimore MD 21297
Web: https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Donate-to-NAMI

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