Mathilde G. 'Tilly' Townsend (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mathilde G. 'Tilly' Townsend, 79, entered into rest on Monday, March 16, 2009 at her residence. She began her career as a Nursing Assistant at Talmadge Hospital. She then worked at Georgia War Veteran's Nursing Home, known to most as the Blue Goose, for over 16 years before retiring in 1994. Tilly was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Alex Townsend, Sr. Tilly was a faithful member of the First Church of the Nazarene and 'The Sams' Sunday School Class. She is survived by her daughters, Christina (Mike) Patton of Augusta, GA, and Debbie (Kenny) Dye of Augusta, GA; sons, Walter C.R. (Debbie) Townsend of Grovetown, GA, William Jesse (Tracy) Townsend of Augusta, GA, and Marvin Alex (Caron) Townsend, Jr., of Augusta, GA; a special daughter, Nancy (Paul) Gamble of Live Oak, FL; sister-in-law, Lerha Townsend of Bell, FL; brother-in-law, Charlie Townsend of West Virginia; cousin, Roland Gerlach of Frankfurt, Germany; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2009, at Elliott Sons Lumpkin Road Chapel with Rev. Joe Lennon officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-March 18, 2009