Pauline Gerganous Millis, 96, launched phone ministry for the sick and homebound

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Pauline Millis
Pauline Millis

HAMPSTEAD — Pauline Gerganous Millis, 96, longtime resident of passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born in December 1920 to the late Gussie and Andrew Gerganous of Rocky Point, N.C. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Robert McKinley Millis; brothers, Clarence, Carlyle, Earl and David Gerganous; and sister, Helen Hewett.

Pauline is survived by her two loving daughters, Shirley Marie Millis of Wilmington and Judy Millis Carter, and her husband, Tommy Carter, of Scotts Hill, N.C.; grandchildren, Jim Carter of Surf City, N.C.; Courtney Carter Kaefer, and husband, Jon, of San Jose, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Chase Carter and McKinley, Ellie and Ainsley Kaefer, who were the joy of her life. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Isabelle Gerganous and Eleanor Gerganous; and her “special” nieces and nephews.

“Miss Pauline” was a lifelong member of Union Chapel Methodist Church in Harrison Creek until its consolidation with Wesleyan Chapel in Scotts Hill, where she continued to worship. Pauline sang in the choir for many years and was actively involved in the Lydia Abbey Craft circle, being present at every Holiday Bazaar, including the past one in November. In her later years, when she no longer drove, Pauline launched her own phone ministry to the sick and shut-ins of her church family, making daily phone calls to each.

Pauline was known affectionately as “Mama” by many loving friends and extended family members. Throughout her life, she was a caring and giving lady, always seeing to the needs of others. She will forever be remembered by her beautiful smile and love of life. To have been a part of this special lady’s life has been a blessing in itself.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church with a reception to follow in Lee Hall. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. at Union Chapel Cemetery, Harrison Creek.

Flowers are gratefully appreciated, or memorials may be made to Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church, 10255 U.S. Highway 17 North, Wilmington, NC 28411, or to one’s charity of choice.

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