Shirley Rose Mills April 5, 1931 ~June 12, 2014

IMG_0640IMG_0640IMG_0640Shirley Rose Mills, loving wife, mother and friend, went to be with her Lord and Savior June 12th, 2014. She was born in Ordway, Colorado on April 5th, 1931, to Joseph and Ruby Catherine (Shafer) Zimmerman. She had twelve brothers and sisters.Shirley spent most of her life in the Northwest Arkansas area. She graduated from West Fork High School in 1949, and soon afterward married Ralph Mills, the love of her life until his passing in 1982. Ralph was disabled in the mid 1950’s, and from then on, Shirley supported her family. She was employed by The Garment Factory, then Standard Register, where she worked for many years. After retiring, she made drapes, ironed clothes and cleaned houses. She moved her Mother into her home, and cared for her until her passing; later she did the same for her aunt. She also raised her three sons. They, along with her grandchildren, were her pride and joy throughout her life.  She worked hard, smiled often and never complained. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph, six brothers and three sisters. Shirley is survived by her three sons, Larry Mills and Jim Mills of Fayetteville, and Kevin Mills and wife Cheryl of Lincoln; two granddaughters, Wendy Mae Clanton and Jimisa Mills-Springer;  five great-granddaughters, Susan, Karlee, Haley, Anna and Erika, and three sisters. The family will be receiving friends for the visitation Monday, June 16th from 9:00 am-11:00 am at Beards Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville. A memorial service, officiated by Jack English, will be held at Center Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville at 2:00 pm. There will be a private burial at Brentwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ken Mills, Mike Mills, Clay Springer, Neil Adams, Michael Clanton and Dusty Allsup. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com



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    Stephanie Turner C.N.A » 12. Jun, 2014

    I enjoyed the chance to kno and care for Mrs. Shirley. I will miss her and seeing her wonderful family at Katherine’s Place.

    Name » 12. Jun, 2014

    My prayers go out to your family for the loss of such an Amazing woman, I had the great privilege to take care of Mrs. Shirley at Katherine’s place she will forever be in my heart! Love to you all! Sincerely, Wendy Gill

    Cathy Ford » 13. Jun, 2014

    I dearly loved aunt Shirley. She was such a wonderful, sweet and caring woman. She had great strength, demonstrated by the way she never complained even though she was in pain. I am so glad I had the priviledge of getting to know and love her. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy to all of the Mills family.

    Peach State Lumber Products » 14. Jun, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of loss.

    Neil & Sherry Adams » 15. Jun, 2014

    Aunt Shirley was one fine lady! She was always so good to us and glad to see us. She made us feel welcome and glad to be a part of this family. Her deep love for her sons and grandchildren was very visible to all – she was proud of her family! She was loved very much and will be missed, but will always be in everyone’s hearts! God bless Shirley Mills and the Mills family.

    larry mills- phillips » 15. Jun, 2014

    sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, my prayers are with you.

    Kenny Mills » 15. Jun, 2014

    Aunt Shirley is one of those very rare people who uplift you with their incredible kindness and positive attitude. From my first memory of her when I was a young boy to just a few weeks ago, she always flashed that beautiful smile and had genuine interest in whatever I might be doing. She had wonderful virtues of patience and empathy and loved conversation whether they were light or deep. She was witty, intelligent and just plain fun to be around. I miss you Aunt Shirley and selfishly wish you were still here with us. But God had plans for you and I’m sure you’re enjoying your reunion with Uncle Ralph or so many others. Your good work here will always be remembered and appreciated. Love you Aunt Shirley.

    Cassie Davis » 15. Jun, 2014

    So so sorry to hear about this tremendous loss for your family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dan & Anita Spencer » 16. Jun, 2014

    Our best too the Mills family at the loss of Shirley, our life long friend & co-worker. We will miss our visits with her at Kathryn’s Place. A very nice lady.

    karen robbins » 16. Jun, 2014

    I think Mr. Kenny Mills said it very well. Whenever I was around Shirley I saw her doing as Christ would do. She was a true good human being and a great cheerleader for Jesus((: She just showed very admirable qualities in everyday life. I am sorry y’all are in pain now but we know that pain will go away and how joyful we’ll be together in the hereafter. I pray for the comfort and solace that only the Lord can give you. I will always have Grandma Shirley in my heart.

    Jacki Mohney » 16. Jun, 2014

    Our condolences to Jim and all of his family as well.

    Mike and Jacki Mohney