Mildred Proffit Batson
Mildred Proffit Batson died Saturday, June 21, 2014, surrounded by loved ones, after a life of loving her husband, raising their children, and honoring her husband's memory. The fourth of five strong sisters, Mimi was born to Winston Kelly Proffit and Esther Gay Brame on August 2, 1922, in Floyd Courthouse, Virginia. Mimi graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 1943. She met Pascal Gayle Batson, M.D. in 1944 working at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. They were wed February 17, 1946, and married for 53 years. Dr. and Mrs. Batson came to Pensacola in 1951 for Dr. Batson to join the Medical Center Clinic.
Mimi was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her son, Pascal Gayle Batson III, M.D. Mimi is survived by her sisters, Sue Lee Yeatts, Brame Spessard, Nancy Shelor, and Jane Pruett, all of Virginia, and her sister-in-law, Gloria Batson Galtney of Houston. Also surviving are her daughters, Cindy Anthony of Madison, MS; Ann Stokey (Jeff) of Gainesville, GA; and Susie Kimmel (Bob) of Pensacola. She was blessed with seven grandchildren: Rice Mellen, Philip Mellen, M.D., Rebecca Barnes, Jeffrey Stokey, Jr., Patrick Stokey, Mary Proffit Kimmel, and Winston Kimmel; and ten great-grandchildren.
Mimi was intelligent, articulate, and known for her refreshing candor; one never had any doubt where she stood on an issue.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 28th at 11 am at First Presbyterian Church, Pensacola, with a memorial service to follow at noon.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor her memory may donate to Manna Food Bank, Covenant Hospice, or First Presbyterian Church.
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