MILLS, MARY LOUISE - December 25, 1913 - March 21, 2014 - Mary Louise Mills (nee Wright), passed away peacefully March 21, 2014. Louise was born 100 years ago in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick, the youngest of seven children. She was predeceased by her husband Dan (Jan 15, 2009), son-in–law Garth and six brothers and sisters. Louise is survived by her daughter Glenna (Chuck), son Jim (Leigh), and son Les. Louise has eight grandchildren: Kristin, Scott, Douglas, Janice, Daniel, Avril, Bruce and Marie and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Louise and Dan were married May 24, 1939 at Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick and immediately moved to Hudson Ontario. In 1942 they moved to Ear Falls, Ontario where they lived until retirement in 1973 when they moved to Winnipeg. While living in Ear Falls, Louise was very involved in the United Church as organist, Sunday School superintendent, and member of the UCW. She also enjoyed tea every Thursday afternoon with the “Tea Ladies”. Louise wrote in her diary every night before bed for over 40 years, and had an amazing memory. She could recite poems she learned as a child, and knew the words to most hymns, all Christmas carols and many Broadway shows. Music was always important to her - she played the piano and pump organ for church services and sing songs from the time she was a teenager. She and Scott would sing together right up until her death. Mom loved the cross word puzzles, working on them every day until her stroke in August, 2013. She read the newspaper every day, cover to cover, and definitely knew what was going on in the world. Throughout her life, Louise’s biggest focus was her family, and the many lifelong friends she and Dan made along the way. She made their home a place where everyone felt welcomed and valued, and enjoyed a delicious meal or a cup of tea and cookies. Her Christmas card list consisted of over 100 people, and the letters and calls that came from New Brunswick and Ear Falls and around the country were a joy and support to her until her last days. We will miss her grace, her smile, her laugh, her hugs and the love she always showed all of us. Special thank you and love to Fely, her companion for the last few years, and to the staff at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg for their care and compassion for mom during her stay. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously suggests donations to a charity of choice. A Celebration of her Life will be held at 1:00 pm, June 2, 2014 at Harrow United Church, Winnipeg. “A Chapter Completed A Page Turned A Life Well Lived A Rest Well Earned” NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
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