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Mildred Geraldine Gattis Perry was born May 3, 1931 in Chatham County to the late Thomas and Ola Gattis. Mildred departed this life to enter eternal rest on Friday, November 24, 2023 peacefully in her home.
Mildred was known to many as Auntie, Ma Millie, Granny and Mill Bill but to us she was Mama. She was the Matriarch of our huge family. At the age of 92, Blessed is what she really was to be the last one living of all her siblings.
Mildred was preceded in death by her devoted husband Julian Walker Perry, Her son Julian Walker Perry Jr. (Ronnie) and Her 5 brothers and 4 sisters.
Mildred joined Hamlet Chapel CME church at a young age and was a devoted member until her health declined. She served on the Pastors Aide, Steward Board as well as sung in different choirs. She always made sure her kids, grandkids and neighborhood kids knew the importance of being in church. Mildred was a woman of fashion, She always prided herself with her skirt suits, dresses and shoes, not to mention the thousands of hats that she owned. No matter where she was going, even if only to the store she had on her lipstick. She always said when you step out, you better step out right. She enjoyed traveling, talking on the phone, shopping or just sitting in her favorite chair with a dip of snuff in her living room watching tv. She was also a member of the Eastern Star #617 in Pittsboro and the Golden Circle in Sanford. She truly enjoyed having family and friends stop by for conversations and laughs and she truly always had a story to tell. She was known for her chicken stew and her sweet potato pies and her cakes. Always ready and willing to feed anybody that came by. Her home has always been filled with comfort, love, wisdom and words of encouragement. She has raised a lot of children in our community. Mildred's passion was helping and caring for people which is why she was a Certified Nursing Aide up until her late 80s. She was in high demand in the area because she was good at what she did. She was never without a client. All Mildred’s clients loved her and their family became her family. She always had a smile on her face with so much love to give to others. You not only saw her love, it was truly heartfelt. To her all were always Welcome!
Mildred is survived by her loving children, Thomas Perry, Phyllis Cameron Rhone, Gloria Perry and Julia Perry all of Pittsboro NC. She leaves behind her legacy of 17 Grandkids, 31 Great Grandkids and 3 Great Great Grandkids. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.