The Passing Away Of Mother Aditya
Posted September 3, 2005
With a sad heart, we regret to inform you of the passing away of one our dear members of the ISKCON Potomac community, Mother Aditya.
Mother Aditya, Rosemary Elizabeth Williams was born December 17, 1935 at Freeman Hospital in Washington, D.C. to the parents of the late Elizabeth Gibson and John Henry Church.
Surrounded by family, Mother Aditya departed this life peacefully at the home of her daughter Elsie on August 23, 2005.
Mother Aditya received her education from D.C. Public School where she graduated as an honor roll student, and after graduating successfully from high school, Mother Aditya assumed work at the Marriott hotel for numerous years.
In the late sixties, Mother Aditya studied under the honorable Elijah Mohammed, She was one of the first black women to attend the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C.
She took initiation and was given the name Adifah, she was well versed in religious scriptures and was known to have deep spiritual insight. Mother Aditya became an ordained minister, and later became a philosopher and studied many religions.
Mother Aditya was initiated by H.H. Bhakti-tirtha Swami Maharaj in June 2000 in Gita Nagari. Her picture is shown below. She was a lifetime member of ISKCON and has been associated with the Institute for Applied Spiritual Technologies (IFAST), (the spiritual organization founded by H.H. Bhakti-tirtha Swami Maharaj), for many years.
Mother Aditya enjoyed her devotional duties at the temple, family gatherings, music, dancing, and telling jokes.
Mother Aditya married to the late George P. Williams Sr. leaves behind her loving children, Jeanette, George Jr, Joyce, James, Edith and Elsie. Grandchildren include: Lakisha, Robert, Latasha, Elijah, Kaleda, Rasheda, LaDana, Ayesha, Lil Ronald, Lil Dwayne, Mikea, Emmanuel, Micah, and eight great grandchildren. One sister, Susan Mason, one brother Donte Church, Brother-in-law William Mason, three sons-in-law, Cornelius, Dwayne and Michael and nieces, a close and dear friend of many years, Angela Sirnik and a host of family and friends.
She was especially noted by the members of IFAST for her dedication in coming weekly morning programs and dressing Srila Prabhupada despite her advanced age and difficulty with the pain in her legs.
Naveen Krishna dasa, the head pujari, at the ISKCON Potomac temple noted how she had a strong affection for the Deities and would often gaze upon them very fondly from the back of the temple. One day, noticing that Krishna’s eyes had been decorated differently, she complained to Naveen Krishna prabhu about why he had changed the Lord’s decorated face.
Let us all pray for her safe journey back to Krishna and to Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krishna!