Enduring Support for Education and the Financially Challenged
The late Mrs Trynjte Dina Margaretha Williams (1917 – 2018), known to all as "Etta", came to Singapore from Indonesia in 1946 after being held in a Japanese internment camp for five years. She began her lifetime career as a stylist beautician in 1950. She operated in shops located at the former Cold Storage in Orchard Road, Mandarin Hotel, Hilton Hotel and lastly, at Jelita Cold Storage.
Mrs Williams outlived two husbands. She had three stepchildren from her last husband, Mr John L Williams from the United States of America (USA).
She retired to lead a quiet life at the age of 75, travelling yearly from Singapore to the United Kingdom and her birthplace Holland for several months each year until her passing at the age of 101 in 2018.
In her will, she gave a small amount of her estate to her relatives overseas, a few friends in Singapore, several hospices and a few charities in Singapore. A large balance was given to help needy Singaporeans fund their university education in the form of a bursary. At NUS, the Margaretha Williams Bursary was established with a generous bequest from Mrs Williams. The first awards are expected to be made in Academic Year 2020-2021.
NUS is indeed grateful for the generosity of friends like Mrs Williams, whose legacy gift has enabled the University to help even more financially needy students.