Mildred May Williams Balunas, 96, affectionately known as “Millie” by her friends and family passed away peacefully at home with her daughter by her side on Friday, June 14, 2019. She was under the loving care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Georgia for nearly fifty years. She spent the last 9 years in the Atlanta area with her daughter and family. They both recently moved back to Jesup. Millie was born on Christmas Day 1922 in Washington, New Jersey to the late Stanley and May Arrvidson Williams. After high school, Millie pursued higher education and received a secretarial degree from Rider University in New Jersey. Many years later, after traveling countless hours to numerous learning institutions including Armstrong State, Georgia Southern College and Brunswick Junior College. Millie was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Leo College. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and had been attending most recently at Turning Point Worship Center. Millie was an entrepreneur who owned and operated the Palms Motel for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed horseback riding, reading and collecting antiques. She always loved her family more than anything. She cherished the time they spent together, especially in her later years with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, her son Darryl Gold; sister, Evelyn Kishpaugh; brother, Arthur Williams and grandchildren, Mark Escandon, Christopher Gold, and infants Thomas and Lamar Gold all preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Sharon Escandon of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Keven Gold and wife, Gina of Jesup and Kathleen Matthews of Jesup; sister, Delores Kerkendall of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren, Adam Escandon and wife, Lydia of San Juan Capistrano, CA; Courtney Popwell and husband, Mark of St. Simons Island; Levi Gold and wife, Becca of Jesup; Travis Gold and wife, Lindsey of Odum; Julia Matthews of Deerfield Beach, FL and Emily Matthews of Roswell, GA and great grandchildren, Ramzee, Raegan, Kenady, Kynzee, Hayley and Alexis.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. June 17, 2019 at Turning Point Worship Center, 1810 S Palm Street with Pastor Justin Mitchell and Reverend Stanley Todd officiating.
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