Joyce A. Mills

Joyce A. Mills

Joyce Arlene Mills age 84 passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 17, 1932 in Otsego, to Herman and Fannie (Engel) Hummel. At the Plainwell Roller Rink she met the love of her life, Richard Mills as he was showing off for her, and they were married on July 27, 1951 in Otsego. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Joyce loved Christmas and her cats but most of all loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As her health began to decline she moved in with and was cared for by her daughter Linda Froelich and her husband Dan.

Joyce is survived by her children, Tim (Debbie) Mills, Emily Mills, Linda (Dan) Froelich and John Mills, all of Otsego; 11 grandchildren, Cristin, Bryon, Katie, Tony, Karen, Tamaris, Nick, Rich, Monica, Lance and Alayna; 10 great-grandchildren, Klayre, Devon, Elaina, Carter, Corey, Chance, Cash, Raegan, Gabrielle and Croix; sisters, Marian Ray and Doris (Dick) Geiger;  sister –in-law, Florence (Jack) Violante; special cousin who was like a sister, Mary Ellen Woodstock, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; siblings, Elda VanFleet, Chas Hummel, Helen Houvener, Anna Mae Towne, Ben Hummel and Esther Hummel; and a great-grandson, Derrick.

In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and no service will be held.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the SPCA of Southwest Michigan.

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  1. Kathy and John Sloan says:

    Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  2. Elaine Sheehan says:

    Oh how I enjoyed Joyce. I will miss her very much. For all the years I have lived in Otsego, Joyce lived across the street. We used to ask each other: “What’s happening on your side of the street?” How many times over the years did I trot over to her house to have coffee with Joyce? I always thought I’d be there 10 minutes but it was always longer as we traded cat stories, talked about doing family research, and the upcoming holidays. How Joyce enjoyed Christmas. The house was always decorated inside and out.

    We will all miss her. My deepest sympathy to all of the family.

  3. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Love and prayers to all you, your family is so special to us! Please know that your mom is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  4. Lori and Terry Steele says:

    Thinking of all of you. Sending prays.

  5. Peter Loftus says:

    Joyce was a lovely person and I always enjoyed speaking with her and Dick. Great people, great family.

  6. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Our thoughts and sympathy are with all of the family. We had not seen Joyce in a lot of years but she was a very special lady. We remember when Dick wired our house when we built it 48 years ago and we would see the two of them a lot more back then. Joyce will be missed by many, many people. Treasure the memories you hold dear in your heart and know that others care.

  7. Joel and Karla Thompson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Joyce was a wonderful Lady. You are in our prayers
    Joel and Karla

  8. Louise clawson says:

    Thoughts and prayers we graduated together many years ago.

  9. Jerry and Christy Petill says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We are praying for you all.

  10. Jim/Jean Cronkhite says:

    We were sad to read about Joyce’s passing. Had been some time since we last talked with her. Our thoughts are with the Mills family.
    She was a funny lady and made the best sloppy joes ever!

  11. Judy Gates Hayes says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God be with you.

  12. Nancy Nash says says:

    I was sorry too hear about Joyce’s passing. I have many great memories of our times together working and bowling.

  13. Cindy Fuller Pachner says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss of your Mom.I have many great memories of the times I spent the night with Emily.Deepest sympathy to the whole family.

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