Jill M. Abla of Bluffton, South Carolina passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 peacefully in her sleep at her own home. Her life was always full of so much purpose and she spent so much energy on others that cancer was unfortunately able to work its way into her life over the past several years and despite her unrelenting fight, and refusal to be a victim, she was taken to her afterlife and her deceased son Jonathan. Born November 5, 1960 in Lackawanna, New York to Donald and Dianne (Foss) Minton, she graduated from Randolph Central School, Randolph, New York in 1978. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma State University and made her career in residential housing development and management in Georgia and South Carolina. Jill devoted her life and committed her heart to those in need, particularly people with substance abuse issues. She made annual Christmas treks to the Oaks Recovery Center in Greenwood, South Carolina to deliver gifts insuring those in recovery a happy holiday. Jill’s faith in God never waned, nor did her support of her beloved Buffalo Bills football team. Towards the end of her life, she gained a deep appreciation for the natural world and spent many hours just soaking in life.
Jill is survived by her father Donald Minton of Randolph, New York; her son Scott (Jenny) Abla; her brother David, her sister Cheryl (Brian) Ruth; nieces Hope (Jeramy Cobo) Ruth and Amy (Ryan) Bierley, her nephew Joseph Minton; a great niece Ava Bierley; her aunt Harlene (Paul) Barton and her beloved lab Bowden. She was predeceased by her mother Dianne Foss Minton and her son Jonathan Abla. Services are entrusted to Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, South Carolina. A Christian service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Cornerstone Church, 1300 May River Road, Bluffton, South Carolina at noon with a private graveside service for family and close friends at 2:00 at the funeral home. Immediately following internment, a gathering will be held in her honor at the Pinecrest Golf Club, 1 Pinecrest Way, Bluffton, South Carolina. The family requests memorial donations be sent to Oaks Recovery Center, 711 East Scotch Cross Road, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646 or to Cornerstone Church at the above listed address.
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Oaks Recovery Center
711 East Scotch Cross Road, Greenwood SC 39646
PO Box 2540, Bluffton SC 29910