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Shirley Mills

August 2, 1937 - May 5, 2017

Burial Date: May 10, 2017

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney

  • Visitation: 10-11:30 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Hidden Valley Funeral Homes, Kearney, MO
  • Funeral Service: 11:30 am, at Hidden Valley Funeral Homes, Kearney, MO
  • Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Kearney, MO

Shirley J. (Gray) Mills, 79, of Excelsior Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017, in the home of her daughter Vicki Carlyle surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be 10-11:30 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, with funeral service to follow at 11:30 at Hidden Valley Funeral Homes, Kearney, MO. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elderly Care of Kansas City, 7611 Stateline Road #230, Kansas City, MO 64114.

She was the loving wife of Vernon J. Mills, and the daughter of Preston and Lorene Gray of Brown Springs, Arkansas. Shirley and Vernon were members of Pisgah Baptist Church of Excelsior Springs.

Shirley was born at home in Donaldson, Arkansas, and grew up in Brown Springs, Arkansas, graduating from high school in 1954. After high school, Shirley continued her education to complete her education at Drauns Business School in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she met her husband, Vernon. Vernon and Shirley were married in her parent’s home on February 21, 1957. This year they celebrated a long happy marriage of 60 years.

In addition to her husband, Vernon, Shirley is survived by her four children, Vicki A. Carlyle, Larry V. Mills, Sandra L. Cazzell, Jeffrey J. Mills, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Shirley was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved music, tending her home and flowers, and spending time with her family. Attending family get togethers, choir concerts, ball games, and plays, were at the top of her list Her presence was always accompanied by her warm smile and encouraging praise. These were always followed by her generous gifts of photographs of these occasions.

Shirley was also a hard worker. She worked as a secretary after marrying Vernon while living in Arlington, Texas. Upon moving to Missouri, Shirley was a home maker for 18 years and completed her working career as a department manager over the Fabric Department at Walmart in Excelsior Springs after 26 years.

Shirley will forever be remembered by those that knew her. Memories of her smile, her laughter, and her kind, gentle spirit will live on in our hearts.

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