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Our beloved Corrine Elizabeth Williams died on February 2nd, 2024. Corrine was born in Brockton Hospital to Charles Florence and Lynn Williams. She passed away due to complications from addiction — the disease we long feared would claim her life. We share these details to bring awareness to the disease of addiction and to other loved ones whose whole selves are sometimes masked by the stereotypes and taboos of this disease. We believe those with addiction shouldn’t need to live or die in the shadows, nor should they need to fear medical care. We are grateful that when she died, she was surrounded by her family and that she was being cared for by an empathetic, compassionate, and highly skilled healthcare team who not only strove to address her disease but cared for her as a whole person. They watched over her night and day, and they braided her hair and painted her nails when she could not do so herself. Throughout her life, Corrine hardly left the house without attention to these details, so this gesture would have meant the world to her. Corrine was born and raised in Massachusetts, where she grew up with a love for water. Still, she was happy to hop on a plane to warmer places like Bermuda and Mexico if it meant making memories with family or to places down the east coast like North Carolina if it meant seeing friends. One of her favorite memories from Bermuda was swimming among the dolphins with her mom Lynn, who cherished her more than life itself. Corrine is preceded in death by her mother, as well as her grandmother who lovingly dubbed Corrine her “little chickadee”. Corrine began a relationship early on with opiates that would dominate the rest of her life. She suffered tremendous loss and physical pain in her short life and this brought her to places of incredible despair; she considered these drugs the only doorway out of her sorrow and her painful memories. Each unfortunate thing she did in the name of this disease exponentially increased her pain and shame, which only reinforced her desire to escape through further use of drugs. But there were big bright spots too, where struggles with her demons seemed to fall away. She treasured time with her friends, especially sharing laughs around good food. And not only her friends — the wait staff grinned and laughed too when, at six years old, Corrine ordered steak tips and lobster off the menu as her free birthday meal. She lived her entire life on her terms, always herself, and always incandescent. She was wonderful with children and felt deep joy babysitting for her friends. She loved helping her grandmother and would often accompany her to school committee functions or spend afternoons thrifting bargains together. If you yourself are struggling with addiction, know that every minute is a fresh start and it’s never too late. There are countless families who have lost loved ones to this disease who are rooting for you, your health, and your own peace. If you are reading this with judgment and believe that addiction is a choice or a character flaw – simply put, you are wrong. It is a disease, and it does not discriminate. Every person who lives or lived with addiction is or was someone with dreams, hopes, and favorite things. They deserve empathy, support, and love just as much as anyone else struggling with trauma or pain. If you just saw Corrine for her disease, then you missed out on the joy she brought to this world. Corrine was fiercely loving, protective, and warm. She was strong and fearless with a wonderful sense of humor. She could make the most decadent dessert, or the most savory home cooked meal — all of which she would bring to share among everyone lucky enough to know her. Corrine had a large heart with a special place inside of it for animals, babies, and the elderly. She watched after her grandpa with immense love and always looked forward to their conversations and visits. Music was incredibly important to her, and it was a gift to hear her carry a tune with Rihanna and her other favorite artists. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do or wouldn’t do for others if she had the means. Corrine is survived by her remaining family who wish her peace and freedom from the constant pain and struggle, by her friends who loved her unconditionally, and by her puppy dog LuckyLuck. We would have sacrificed anything for her to experience peace in this lifetime, but we are so proud of her for the kind and loving person that she was and we take comfort in knowing she is reunited with her mom and grandmom who she cared for so dearly. There will be a public celebration of life to honor Corrine on Saturday, February 17th 1pm at the Italian Social Club located on 2 Columbus Blvd, Taunton Massachusetts. Interment will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the O’Keefe Wade Funeral Home in Taunton MA.