Newell J. Mills
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March 30, 1929
December 10, 2012
Newell J. Mills was born on March 30, 1929 in Fallon, Nevada, to Percy and Ruth (Candee) Mills. He grew up on his father's farms in the Sheckler District of Fallon, and at the height of the Great Depression, at age seven, began milking cows by hand on the farm. In high school, Newell was involved in 4H and FFA and raised and exhibited Jersey cows. After graduating from Churchill County High School in 1946, he worked as a milk tester, and in January of 1947, he bought the farm from his parents, built his first barn, and Mills Jersey Farm began with 18 cows. At the time of his death, the herd had grown to more than 450 cows and sustained not only his family but six employee's families as well. During his career he earned the Distinguished Service and Master Breeder Awards from the
American Jersey Cattle Association. Many outstanding bulls were marketed to various dairy organizations, and in 1990 while visiting New Zealand, a dairyman there showed him the daughters of the Mills Homestead bull on his farm. The Mills homestead has been continuously farmed by the Mills family for more than 96 years. Newell was delighted that his grandson, Cameron, is continuing this farming legacy.
In 1952, Newell married Bebe Mills, a wonderful marriage that would endure for 54 years. Together they raised three sons, Grant, Ralph, and Bruce.
Newell and Bebe enjoyed their community and were active members in the choir of the Epworth United Methodist Church, members of the Rotary Club, and the Northern Nevada Dairy Association. One of Newell's hobbies was writing poetry and he published two books of inspirational poetry and was a sought-after cowboy poet. After Bebe retired from the school district, they traveled the world together and continued to work their farm together and
enjoy their family. After Bebe passed away, Newell was delighted to find joy again with his second wife, Judy Dunning. Newell and Judy enjoyed dancing, traveling, visiting museums, and each other's company.
Preceded in death by his grandparents and parents: Ruth (Candee) Mills and Percy Mills, brothers: Alfred Mills and Gordon Mills. Newell is survived by: wife: Judy Dunning, sister and brothers: Barbara Hill (Palatka, FL), Roger (Margo) Mills and Elbert (Marilyn) Mills. Children: Grant (Edith) Mills, Ralph (Deborah) Mills, and Bruce Mills, grandchildren; Alan Tuck, Terri Esch, Donaldson Mills, Clinton Blair, Zachary Mills, and Cameron (Mandi) Mills; great-grandchildren, Colton Blair, Austin Mills, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Fallon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations in Newell's memory be sent to the Epworth United Methodist Church or XL Hospice in Fallon.
Arrangements are with Smith Family Funeral Home in Fallon. 423-2255.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Dec. 14, 2012