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Mildred A. Mills
Mildred A. Mills, 92, a former longtime resident of Beaver, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Athens, Texas.
Mildred was born August 20, 1921 at Keota, Oklahoma to Everett and Valma Yoakum. She married J.D. Mills on June 16, 1938 in McAlester, Oklahoma and together they had four children; Cynthia, Judith, Jake and Mary.
Mildred was very active in the community and had a career in medical records. Her service to her Lord in the United Methodist Church was dearest to her heart. She loved baking, crafts, making Quilts and was an accomplished seamstress. Mildred loved her family and her family will miss her caring ways.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Valma Yoakum; her brother and two children, Cynthia and Jake.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy Cushenberry and husband Elisha of Athens, Texas and Mary Kimery and husband, Duane of Haileyville, Oklahoma; daughter in law, Saundra Mills of Wichita, Kansas, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren and a host other relatives and friends.
Mildred was faithful-to-the task whatever. She became my-friend when I was manager at Panhandle Nutrition, she always walked-the-dog over nextdoor to visit us outside and she loved to eat-with-us; was a faithful-supporter there. I attended several-seminar at the Methodist church over-the-years before I became a member there from a sister-denomination. I didn't get-to-enjoy her long after I became a member and active in United Methodist Women. She was indeed-missed when health would no-longer permit her to be with us here in Beaver. May God bless each-of-you, grieve as-you-must, not as others tell you is right-or-wrong. There are many-different pathways for each and no-pathway for any.
Read John 14:15 - 21
Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before- long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 - 20 New-International version
Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, "Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He would always be a part of them just- as they would forever be a part of Him.
So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my- life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart's teacher.
In the same-way I come to know God through the life and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
Because of God's great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.
Jackie R. Sheldon Dec 13 2013 12:00 AM