Joni Beth Brannan Mize, age 53, of Duluth, Georgia passed away at Gwinnett Medical Center- Duluth on Monday, July 4, 2011 after complications from a stroke. She was born on December 20, 1957 at Joan Glancy Hospital and grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Joni was preceded in death by her parents James Jimmy Floyd Brannan, Jr. and June Wages Brannan of Lawrenceville and her in-laws Charles and Carol Mize of Tucker. She was the blessed wife of her loving husband Jeffrey C. Mize. Joni and Jeff were married for 27 years. Also surviving is her precious daughter Halston Mize Atlanta, brother JamesJamie Floyd Brannan III, and wife VickieDacula; stepmother Malinda Johnston Brannan Lawrenceville; sister-in-law Susan Mize Sloan and husband Larry Sloan Atlanta; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Chris and Christina Mize St. Petersburg, Florida; Uncles: Joe Shafer Lawrenceville, Johnny Glass Lilburn, Hank Wages Lawrenceville; Aunts: Nellie Brannan, Polly Brannan Judd, Jeanne Brannan Paglee, and Laura Glass; Five nieces and 3 nephews. After graduating from Central Gwinnett Highschool in 1974, Joni attended the University of Georgia receiving a BS in Psychology. After college Joni returned to Lawrenceville to work for Lawrenceville Auto Parts where she was the office manager for some thirty years. After losing her mother to cancer at an early age, Joni became passionate about helping to find a cure for the dreaded disease. She took on the huge task in 1991 of chairing the Crusaders Ball Against Cancer held in Norcross, Georgia and raised thousands of dollars for research. Joni loved life and loved entertaining her friends and family. She loved music, reading, handwork, and creative projects. A favorite event for her every Fall was attending Georgia Tech football games with Jeff, Halston and friends. Her longtime kindergarten through high school friends were a highlight in her life and were devoted till the end when she went to be with Jesus. The nurses and doctors at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth Critical Care Unit did an amazing job of caring for Joni and the family will always remember their compassion. A memorial service celebrating Joni's life will be Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 2:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Family will receive friends on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. at Wages and Sons. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation Healthcare Legacy, 1755 North Brown Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30343 or The American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear of Joni’s passing. She was a beautiful loving part of the family and will be greatly missed by all. There are no words I can say to make everything better, but know we are praying for you all during this difficult time. I love you all.

  2. We were sorry to hear of Joni’s passing. Please know that our prayers are with all of the family.
    Jim & Barbara Hood

  3. RIP Joni. So sad to lose you at such a young age. Sister in laws for ever.. My heart brokes for everyone who knew and loved you. Please pray for Halston, Jeff, Jamie, Jade, Jase and Blake. Untill we meet again. Love you Joni forever…

  4. Thank you, Joni for the friendship that we shared as well as being a part of the Lawrenceville Auto Parts family. Our Prayers are with You and Your Family.

    Fr. Deacon Joseph

  5. TO:JEFF YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT IN THE PAST YEAR.BUT GOD WAS WITH YOU AND HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD.TO HALSTON I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOR DAD.YOUR MOTHER WAS A BEAUITFUL PERSON.THE FAMILY LOVED HER VERY MUCH.AND SO DID I.SHE IS IN HEAVEN WITH HER MOM AND DAD.YOU HANG IN THERE AND GOD WILL GIVE YOU PEACE.TO ALL THE FAMILY AND JAMIE I LOVE ALL SO MUCH.JONI WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH BUT SHE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.LOVE AND PRAYERS LOVE BRENDA.

  6. Our family is very sad to hear of Joni’s passing. We pray for comfort for her family and will be thinking of you all.

  7. Jeff and Halston
    I am so sorry to here of this news but know that we are praying for you both and are here for you. Always enjoyed all the talks we all had when I would come by and deliver Joni’s makeup to her at LAP. Please know that we are praying for you this week and you will continue to be in our prayers.

  8. Jeff and Halston, I am so sorry for your loss. Joni was a huge part of my life when I was younger. I will never forget that she was the one who taught me how to put on makeup when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I loved being around her because she was always so loving. She was a beautiful person inside and out. You both will be in my prayers. May GOD be with you in your time of sorrow and may the memories or your wife and mother remain forever.

  9. Shocked when I saw this on FB.I remember her all the way back to the sixth grade. And in central hi sch. Heart goes out to family and friends,thanks ,WilliamRandyThomas

  10. wow where do i start,jeff there is nothing i can say to make this better,or even make the hurt go away,because it won’t at least not right now,but i will tell you this it will get better a little eaiser but you still won’t forget.jan.28 1989,i won’t ever forget that night..i lost the most wonderful,caring,happy full of joy lady in my life as did many other people.it got easier now when i think about her i smile there was a reason she’s taken care of my 2 little ones until i get there ..with that said i love you like a brother stay strong keep your chin up you and joni were very good to me and i thank you call me if you need me joni r.i.p. thanks for everything ……

  11. Jeff we are certainly sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers today and the days and weeks to come.

  12. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Jeff we hold you close in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. With all our love, Sonny & Rosalyn

  13. Jeff; Tricia and I were so sorry to hear about Joni. Our hearts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength and comfort in this most difficult time.

  14. I use to buy parts at Lawrenceville auto parts, I remember her in the Office. Her Dad was a great friend also. Sorry to here about her passing, I know she had a lot of friends.

  15. Jeff we are so sorry for your lose, it seams like yesterday I was working on your house in Snellville, when you first got married.

  16. Jeff,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
    Johnny, Cindy, Alexis and Logan greene

  17. Jeff I just saw the notice in the paper about the recent loss of your wife and wanted to offer my condolences. It has been a long time since high school, but I did want reach out to offer my best wishes to you and your family during this most difficult time.

  18. Jeff Mize
    You know, we can all ask God why.
    He may let us know on this earth, but most likely we will have to wait til we get up There, to find out why.
    Pray that God’s will to be done, with no questions asked of Him.
    Don’t ever give up on life or love.
    Just be Jeff and hang tough.

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