Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams

CANTON, N.Y. — Maxine “Mickey” Bradt Williams, 98, of Canton, N.Y., retired editor-journalist, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, with family by her side.

Mickey was born Maxine Ella Bradt on Aug. 25, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Harry Peter and Jewel Wolfgang Bradt. In 1921, the family moved to Sherburn, Minn., where she grew up and attended school. She graduated from Sherburn High School in 1936, and then moved to New York City, where she earned a bachelor of arts in music at Barnard College in 1940.

Mickey served on the staff of the Oberlin News-Tribune in Oberlin, Ohio, from 1962-66. Mickey was also the Assistant Editor of the Oberlin College Alumni Magazine under editor Philip F. Tear.

From 1966-68, her husband, J. Robert Williams served as Director of Public Relations and later as Secretary of Oberlin College from 1958-68. Mr. Williams died in 2001. Mrs. Williams was an assistant in the Public Relations Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., from 1968 until her retirement in 1984.

She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Williams (William Brower) of Asheville, N.C., and Elizabeth Williams (Michael French) of Nelson, N.H.; two sons, David W . Williams (Kathy) of Great Falls, Mont., and Robert B. Williams (Monica) of Bloomington, Minn., all of whom attended Oberlin Public Schools; four grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.