DELAWARE — Tasha Elizabeth Williams, 41, of Delaware, formerly of Chesterville, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
She was born Aug. 26, 1967, in Columbus, the eldest of Robert and Karynn (Lovett) Williams of Chesterville. Raised on a small farm near Chesterville, she graduated valedictorian of Highland High School Class of 1985. On scholarship, she graduated with honors in English literature, with minors in philosophy and dance from Long Island University. During her college years, in the Theatre Department she met her life companion and husband of 20 years, Richard Grunn.
Tasha taught ballet, creative movement, and music at Third Street Music School, Turtle Bay Music School and The Neighborhood School in New York City. Thereafter, she and her husband and his brother, Peter Grunn, owned and operated “The Sault Falls Inn” in Braman, Pa., for over 10 years.
She continued her teaching and commitment to children, when she founded, owned, and operated The Braman Arts Conservatory in Callicoon, N.Y. The conservatory offered classes in theatre, dance, art, writing, and language as well as a performing arts series that featured local, national, and international performers. She received numerous awards and recognition from the states of New York and Pennsylvania, for her inspiring work with children and adults through the arts, and her many cultural contributions to the Upper Delaware River Community. In 2004 she was named as one of the “outstanding women” making a difference in the Upper Delaware Region.
She will be remembered for her many different talents, each family member and friend recognizing and appreciating each one’s uniqueness. Her luminescence will live on in all who knew her. Quite the hostess and a true Pollyanna, she was dedicated to every endeavor with an unmatched intellectual prowess. A fairy goddess that will forever dance on the moon.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is also survived by children, Dylan Thomas, Corinna Elizabeth, Sullivan Cooney and Sheridan Porter Grunn; siblings, S. Tyler (Jennifer) Williams of Georgetown, Ky., S. Teal (Shari) Williams of Williamsport, Tia M. Williams of Charlotte, N.C., W. Tennyson Williams of Chesterville; paternal grandmother, Marie Williams of Groveport; uncles, Ronald Lovett of Mount Vernon, Joe (Julie) Lovett of Columbus, Captain Tom (Shirley) Williams of Winter Haven, Fla., and Keith (Nancy) Williams of Westerville; aunt, Judy (Jerry) Phillips of Canal Winchester; and a host of cousins, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Luke “Papa Luke” and Mona “Nana” Lovett, Luther “Pop” Williams and Aunt Sandra Lovett.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Susan Ritchie officiating.
Memorial contributions to The Braman Trust, (the children’s scholarship fund), 190 W. William St., Delaware, OH 43015.
With God’s love, Sweetheart, from all of your Loved One’s, until we reach that level with you.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.