MATRON HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS.
F. M. WILLIAMS, matron of the Home for the Friendless at
Lincoln, Nebraska, was born in Delavan, Wisconsin, in 1850,
where she grew to young womanhood. In 1867 she went to
Chicago and assumed the care of her infirm parents and a
younger sister. She was married in 1877 to Rev. Francis M.
Williams, a graduate of the Baptist Theological Seminary of
Chicago. The young wife proved a loyal helpmeet, taking
particular interest in the needy poor, and her experience in
the benevolences of the church and as a teacher in the
primary grades of the schools were valuable aids in
qualifying her for the duties of her present position, to
which she was called October 1, 1895. Possessed as she is of
the required firmness and decision to insure proper
management and control, she is not found wanting in the
virtues of patience, tenderness, and love, for which there
is constant demand. Her only child died in infancy, and the
touch of this sorrow has seemed to consecrate her life to
the care of children who need the kindest of ministrations.
The little ones of the Home look upon her as their friend
and companion, while the older ones rely on her judgment and
appreciate the great qualities of her heart.