Dr. Twyla Jeanette Williams

March  3rd, 1970 May  30th, 2024
Sunnyside, TX
Dr. Twyla Jeanette Williams

A beautiful soul, deeply loved and dearly missed.


Twyla Jeanette Williams passed away unexpectedly on May 30, 2024, at the age of 54.

Twyla is survived by her mother, Winfree Quiller; her children, Destiny and Noah Williams; sister, Sandra Kennerson; as well as a slew of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, co-workers, and friends.

Dr. Twyla was born on March 3, 1970 to F.D. & Winfree Quiller. Dr. Twyla graced this world with her presence and her boundless love for life and people. She leaves behind a legacy of compassion, faith, and dedication. Known for her sweet disposition, Dr. Twyla was cherished by people from all walks of life. She had an extraordinary ability to touch the hearts of those around her, making everyone feel valued and understood. Her kindness and empathy garnered admiration and love from every corner of her community. A nurturing soul, Dr. Williams was a loving daughter whose warmth and kindness enriched the lives of her family and friends. Her children, Destiny and Noah, were the lights of her life. She was an extraordinary mom who instilled in them the values of faith, love, hard work .

Dr. Twyla was a devoted worshipper who loved God with her whole heart. Her faith was steadfast, and she fervently believed in the power of prayer. Her unwavering devotion to displaying the Father’s love in the earth was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Dr. Twyla Williams graduated for Sam Houston State University in 1992. There she was connected with Lifelong friends! One of her favorite parts of attending Sam was being apart of the Gospel Choir, Soul Lifters. Her undergrad experience was just the beginning! Dr. Twyla continued on to attain her Masters in School Counseling from Prairie View A&M University in 1998 and then her Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in 2006.

Professionally, Dr. Williams served as Executive Director of Counseling Crisis & Mental Health for Austin Independent School District. There she was blessed to lead the dream team! She tirelessly worked to support and guide those in need throughout the district. Her compassionate nature and dedication to lifelong learning made her a beacon of hope and healing for many. Her contributions to Educators and students in the field of mental health have left an indelible mark that will be remembered for years to come. Her presence will be missed in the AISD community.

A funeral service to honor Dr. Twyla’s life will be held on June 15, 2024, at 12:30 pm at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723. The family invites all who were touched by Dr. Twyla’s spirit to join them in remembrance and celebration of her life.

Her legacy of love, compassion, and faith will continue to live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. Dr. Twyla Jeanette Williams will forever be remembered as the sweetest person and the best mom, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, friend, and professional.



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June 15, 2024
I hadn’t spoken to Twyla in many years and about a month ago, the Holy Spirit brought her to my thoughts. I immediately smiled and said, “I need to call my girl Twyla.” I never called and a few weeks later I got the news she had passed. It saddens me that I didn’t call and I will never again have that opportunity. Today was a reminder to never let that happen again! Twyla was a phenomenal woman and I will cherish the many life conversations we had. She was indeed full of wisdom, laughter, encouragement and the biggest cheerleader for those she loved. Rest in paradise my sister. 💜🤍
Dr. Tara Alexander-German
June 15, 2024
Twyla stepped in as interim Director of Social and Emotional Learning when our former director left and I was the Assistant Director of SEL. She was a tireless learner of our work and served a whole school year before a permanent director was chosen. I had known her in the years leading up to this role as an office mate and friend when she was in the counseling department. We shared many an early-morning conversation while the office was still quiet, sharing our lives journeys, our shared faith, our passion for education, and developing the friendship that made our year in SEL leadership together a joy. I feel that Twyla entered my life for a reason, and I am so very grateful that I got to know her and, in a small way, her kids, even though that time was far too short. Twyla, may you rest in peace, dear lady. Know that your imprint on this world was writ large.
Caroline Chase
June 15, 2024
To a loving friend and colleague, you will be missed! Rest in heaven.
Dr. Joseph Welch
June 15, 2024
I had the honor to work for Dr. Twyla Williams in AISD. As a young black mental health professional, She was such an inspiration to observe. Always calm, direct, patient. God, Thank you for sharing her with us. Rest in Heaven
Zana Muscove
June 15, 2024
I only meet Twyla a few times. Each time she greeted me with quick smile and calm inviting voice. I would have liked to know her better. My prayers are with her family, friends, and those who loved her.
Catherine Rodrigue
June 9, 2024
As a best friend and mentor, Twyla was dependable, funny, real, and full of life. She opened her entire life to me and no topic, question or area was off limits between the two of us. She had a special skill to listen, provide input and wisdom to any situation I shared with her. I will always remember her relatability and consistency throughout our sister-ship. Her caring, energetic, and one-of-a-kind perspective about life is contagious and will forever stay in my heart. 💕
Dr. Rosemary Anthony
June 9, 2024
I miss you my Sister/Cousin. I can't believe I won't hear, "Hey Jack! Where's my baby?” You were Jaicey's Nae Nae, truly a second mom to her. You were our life counselor and my go to person for everything. Now who am I gonna laugh, talk to and joke with about the family and life in general? lol We could literally tell each other everything. We already miss you tremendously. This is not goodbye but see you later. See you on the other side. ❤️
Jackie, Cousin
June 9, 2024
You leave a legacy of strength, style, grace, beauty, intelligence, valor, and so much unwavering love! From the little girl that u shaped into a woman I would like to say thank u. I’m going to miss you. I can only aspire and hope that I make you proud in everything I do. I promise to smile as big as you did when the camera comes. I promise to hold my head high as I go through life as I watched you do. I promise to definitely get dressed and put that stuff on as you would so gracefully. You set the tone for me as a little girl watching you and I’m forever grateful. No worries I’ll make sure the family stays fashionable for you !
Whitney Carson, Niece
June 9, 2024
Over the past 8 years I've had the privilege of knowing Dr. Willams. I spent many summer days and night at her house hanging out with Destiny. I'm honored and grateful for the opportunity to have been able to experience the wisdom and knowledge that Dr. Williams had to pour. I have many fond memories but one of my favorite memories is Dr. Willams showing up at the school I worked at on the second day of school. My campus was not on her regular rotation, but she took time to come and see about me. She cared about my personal and professional development and helped connect me with people who could help me further my career. She inspired and encouraged me to continue to push for greater
opportunities. I will miss her random visits and words of encouragement but I hold them in my heart forever.
Autumn Neal

Family tree

Winfree Quiller
Sandra Kennerson
Pamela Cotton
Noah Williams
Destiny Williams
Sandra Kennerson
Pamela Cotton
Noah Williams
Destiny Williams
Dr. Twyla Williams


The family would like to thank everyone for attending the service today, every meal, monetary donation, every call/text, and most importantly every prayer. Please continue to keep us lifted as we face the challenging days to come.
AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd
June 15, 2024 @ 12:30pm

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