Veronica Ann Mills, affectionately known as Ann, was the neighborhood mom in Florida City. After she retired, her family discovered she was chronically ill with hypertension. Mills passed away after a stroke that left her with a failing heart and severe brain damage. This is the story of a community and family who came together to give Ann the goodbye ceremony she deserved.
As they get ready for a big day they’ve all dreaded, the Mills family put on their best smiles and prepare to say goodbye to their loving mother, grandmother and wife. Peach was Ann’s favorite color.
They knew the day would come but never expected it to happen so quickly. With no money for a funeral, her youngest son Shakeem Mills took matters into his own hands. He created a gofundme account to raise the money his family needed to put Ann to rest.
Ann was chronically ill. Four days before her death, she suffered from a severe stroke that left her brain dead. She told her husband to let her go in peace when the day came and so he did and decided against life support.
Friends and family immediately answered to a call for help and exceeded the goal of $800 in less than 3 days. When needed the most, the Florida City community was able to come together and lay Ann to rest.
The day she passed, her mother Lucile Nurse flew in from the Virgin Islands to pray and spend time with her dying daughter.
People found comfort in Ann’s love. It did not matter to her who or where you came from, she would answer to anyone’s call for help. The family’s next door neighbor, Julia Anderson and her daughter, are deeply saddened by this lost.
To support her family she did all she could do. Ann left behind her 5 children (Hakeeem, Shantel, Delia, Shakeem and Alphonso Jr.) who fought back tears with smiles today. They put their heads together and found a way to make this a good day to honor their mother.
After saying his final goodbyes to his long life partner, Alphonso Mills smiles knowing he her home the best way he could.
People who knew her could see how much she appreciated the simple priceless things like laughter, good company, family and love. Her friends and family will continuously express their love for her through this custom key-chain as token of appreciation.