Marie Beth Mills
Formerly of Linwood, Michigan
Mrs. Mills 95 passed away Wednesday October 9, 2013 at her daughter Diane’s home following a lingering illness. She was born in a small town on the outskirts of Montreal on November 19, 1917 to the late Paul & Alma (Chantelois) Pharand, She came to Saginaw at the age of 15 to live with her aunt & uncle and attend St. Peter & Paul school and becoming a citizen in 1932. She married Vern Mills; he preceded her in death after 47 years of marriage. They lived in Vassar where they opened their home to 17 foster children over the years until 1986 when they lost their home due to the flood and then moved to Linwood. She was living the last 5 years with Diane returning on weekends to visit old friends here and enjoying the cottage.
She is survived by her son Maurice & Susan Mills of Mayville, 3 grandchildren Michael Mills, Christopher & Julie Mills and Therese & Ryan Dovis; great grandson Lucas Dovis. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 10 am from St. Anne Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Christopher M. Coman and Deacon Michael Arnold presiding with burial in St. Anne Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rivertown Funeral Chapel on Tuesday from 1 to 8 pm and a Vigil service at 7 pm. On Wednesday Mrs. Mills will lie in state at church from 9 am until mass.