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The Dart: Natchez aunt spoils young niece, goddaughter

From left, Amberyanna Jones, 3, Shelia Williams and Michael Williams play on the seesaw in the Williams’ backyard before taking Amberyanna back to her family in Port Gibson. Amberyanna is the Williams’ niece and godchild, she visits frequently and is spoiled when she does. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

From left, Amberyanna Jones, 3, Shelia Williams and Michael Williams play on the seesaw in the Williams’ backyard before taking Amberyanna back to her family in Port Gibson. Amberyanna is the Williams’ niece and godchild, she visits frequently and is spoiled when she does. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Amberyanna Jones, 3, loves going to her godmother and aunt Shelia Williams’ house.

“I spoil her,” Shelia said. “If she asks, I am going to say yeah.”

When The Dart landed on Beverly Drive in Natchez on Sunday, Shelia, her husband Michael Williams and Amberyanna were playing on the seesaw in their backyard before taking Amberyanna back to her family in Port Gibson.

Michael and Shelia’s house is a gathering place for all of their godchildren and that is the way they like it.

“She likes when all of her nieces and nephews come over,” Michael said.

“This is the vacation spot.”

But it is with Amberyanna that Shelia has found a special bond.

“I love her, I love her,” Shelia said. “I take her to the zoo in Baton Rouge and to the merry-go-round, she always rides the rabbit.”

“She’s also my little shopping partner.”

Amberyanna visits Shelia about every other weekend to fit with Shelia’s work schedule as a certified nurse assistant at Millcreek of Port Gibson where she works with children with special needs.

“I pick her up on Friday and take her home on Sunday,” Shelia said.

Amberyanna can be a handful at times.

“We call her bam bam,” Michael said. “Because she is always running into stuff.”

“No it’s not, it’s cause she’s bad.”

Michael has four full grown children from a previous relationship that have dispersed all over the country and Shelia has no children of her own, so her visits with Amberyanna are two fold.

They help take Amberyanna off her mother Tameka Wilson’s hands, as she has three other children to care for, and they give Shelia a chance to care for a little girl that she holds very dear.

“It is as if she were my own,” Shelia said. “I wouldn’t take anything in the world for the time I spend with her.”