OBITUARY

Barbara Mink Williams

December 29, 1926March 2, 2019
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Barbara Mink Williams passed away on March 2, 2019 at the age of 92.

Born in Winter Garden, FL on December 29, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of the Orlando area. She was the daughter of Ivor and Georgia Mink and was preceded in death by her siblings Deane Mink (Valdosta), Pat Lawton Pleva (Orlando) and Cynthia Mink (Altamonte Springs) as well as her husband of 54 years, Randall. She graduated in the class of 1944 from Orlando High School. Barbara has 3 children, Alan (Sharon), Bonnie, and Cindi Gay (Tommy), 2 grandchildren, Randi Ross (Rick) and Katie March (Tyler), 1 surrogate grandchild, Poonam Mudvari (Kathmandu, Nepal) and 16 nieces and nephews. Barbara, also known as Yia -Yia by her granddaughters, was a happy person who enjoyed her travels with Randall in their motorhome, going to Gator football games, visiting Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna beach, as well as Waynesville, NC for the summers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Quest (questinc.org) or First United Methodist Church Orlando (firstchurchorlando.org). Services will be held Saturday March 9 at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, 994 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Visitation with the family (10:00AM) and service (11:00AM) will be followed by a Celebration of Life.

Services

  • Gathering of Friends Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Barbara Mink Williams

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Billy Winters

March 7, 2019

My memories of Barbara go back about 65 years when I got my first job at the age of ten selling The Corner Cupboard weekly Orlando society newspaper door to door for 20 cents. She was my first customer, and one of my favorites because she insisted I take a quarter and keep the change. As time went on, I delivered her daily afternoon newspaper, mowed her front yard and babysat her children. In all those things, she made me feel really important. But no matter how much later in life it was, Barbara never passed up the opportunity to remind me that she was my “other mother.” God rest her beautiful soul and may he bless Alan, Bonnie and Cindi.

Ann Hotung

March 7, 2019

Where to begin? My life started out as a tadpole in the Williams’ pool. Learning to swim, with Barbara close by, ever watchful. Seeing her beautiful serene face in these photos makes me wonder if I just never noticed how I must have driven her crazy. If I wasn’t in the pool, I was playing on the piano, in the kitchen, chalet out back, or partaking in a Friday night fish fry. I loved hanging out on Vern. I must have meant something to Barbara and Randall because when I lived thousands of miles away in the West Indies, they came to visit me, which made me feel very special and loved.
Years later, when we brought our daughter, Grace, home from China, Barbara and Randall shared in our excitement of our new family.
She was like a second mother to me and I will never forget the warm kindness and love she shared with me. Love and condolences to all her family♥️
Ann Winters Hotung

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