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Nancy Venters Willms

Nancy Venters Willms
  • February 16, 1929 - February 20, 2021
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Nancy was my neighbor of 20 years. She was a kind,generous person, friend and surrogate grandmother to my children. We will always love "Miss Nancy". ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Tracy Cassaday - Mount pleasant, SC

“Nancy I adored you. Always asking about you. Gorgeous flower arrangements. Beautiful soul and Christian. NaN. NaN. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Nan Mann - Mt pleasant, SC

“Sorry to hear about your loss, I am John Mitchell son of the (late Geneva Mitchell) my mom worked for the Wilms family (Pete and Nancy) for over 30...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: John Mitchell

“Dearest Sally, So sorry to hear about your Mom. What wonderful memories I have of her. Barbara Cart, Maxine Pearson, my sister Jan Harrod and I all...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: jennifer reed - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I had the pleasure to meet Nancy 20 years ago at Snee Farm Country Club. What a fun gal she was! I always loved seeing her smiling face at the club...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Maureen Dunleavy - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I am so very sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. (We worked together on all the Christ Church blood drives when I was there. ) I always thought of...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Smith Wharton - NC - Friend

“Dear Rob and Sally,I was sorry to see your Mother has left us to go on to her Eternal Life. I remember her as a vibrant and engaging person who...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Stutler - Charleston, SC

“To Sally & Rob and family, we are praying for you all at this time but know that you are celebrating your beautiful mom and all the love, beauty and...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Beth & Ben Walker

“Dear Sally!So sorry for the passing of your mother. I enjoyed her so much over the years when she would come in to get her teeth cleaned. She was a...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jo Anderson - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Dear Rob, Sally and Families, We are so saddened to learn of your dear mother's passing. It is our prayer that all of you will be able to hold on to...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Charlie & Ann Tyler - Wagener, SC


On Saturday, February 20, 2021, a beautiful, morning filled with the sound of songbirds, Nancy Venters Willms departed this life for her eternal reward, to be reunited with loved ones gone before her.

Nancy was born in Wilmington, NC to Sallie Lee Collins Venters and Christopher Harry Venters, Sr. on February 16, 1929. Nancy grew up in New Bern, NC and spent many wonderful summers on Catherine Lake, NC. While attending the University of South Carolina, she met her future husband, Robert K. Willms, Sr. Together, they raised two children in Columbia and Charleston, SC.

As a member of Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, she was a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King, and served faithfully on the Altar and Flower guilds for many years. Our mother adored flowers and her floral creations delighted her church family. She was also a tireless volunteer for the Tea Room and Meals on Wheels. Nancy was an avid golfer and bridge player and enjoyed playing at the Country Club of Charleston and in later years, at Snee Farm Country Club. Nancy was the epitome of a truly gracious southern lady.

A gifted hostess, she always delighted her guests with the perfect table and floral centerpiece, amazing food, and engaging conversation with her gracious hospitality. She adored her family and took great joy in spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nancy is survived by her son, Robert K. Willms, Jr. (Rusty); daughter, Sallylee Willms Mansfield (Joe); grandchildren: Robert K. Willms III, Lucy Willms Sox (Kyle), Christopher T. Willms, Peter Ravenel Mansfield, JoLee Mansfield Massengill (Robbie); great-grandchildren: Cannon R. Willms, Sullivan Willms, Benjamin L. Sox, Anna Ravenel Mansfield, Joseph Wilder Mansfield, William Legare Mansfield, G Grayson Massengill and A. Davis Massengill. She was preceded in death by her husband William H. Brawley, former spouse, Robert K. (Pete) Williams, and great granddaughter Aveline Elise Sox (Avie).

The family wishes to express gratitude to the Christ Church staff and members, Roper St. Frances Hospice and to all the wonderful nurses who took care of Mom over the past several months. We especially want to express our deepest heartfelt gratitude to Tess Yergin for her unceasing devotion and loving care of our wonderful, exceptional mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Christ Church Anglican Building Fund, 2304 North Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466.

A private service will be held at Christ Church. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.