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Arvilla B. Mills


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Arvilla B. Mills Obituary

Arvilla was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She is deeply missed by all who were fortunate to know her.

Born Arvilla B. Seevers, she grew up as a farm girl in Nebraska until she was 18 when she went to visit her older sister, Ione, in Los Angeles, California. Arvilla loved the city and decided to move there following her sister. While in Los Angeles, Arvilla took a job as a riveter working for Volute Aircraft in Downey, California where she met the love of her life, Jackson "Dave" Mills in 1943.

Arvilla and Dave married on December 24, 1944 and had their first son Royce on April 9, 1948. A short 18 months later, Arvilla gave birth to her second son Kent on November 29, 1949.

In 1962, Arvilla and Dave moved from Los Angeles to Bakersfield where she worked as a Beautician at Antique Casa Beauty.

In 1964 Arvilla and Dave bought property in Bodfish, California where they founded Silver City Ghost Town and Shady Lane Trailer Park. Both the trailer park and ghost town opened in 1969. In 1990 Dave and Arvilla sold Silver City Ghost Town to J.C. Corlew who still owns it today.

Throughout the 70's they developed Lake Isabella Park and remained very active in their community until their retirement.

In 1975 Arvilla became a grandmother to Bronson and in 1979 her granddaughter Krystal was born. Dave and Arvilla loved being grandparents. Krystal and Bronson spent countless summers at their grandparents' home where Dave and Arvilla built a bottle house for them to play in.

Arvilla was preceded in death by Dave, her loving husband of 58 years. She is survived by her sons Royce (Kathy) and Kent, Grandchildren Bronson Mills (Vanessa) and Krystal Higgins (Kevin), Great-Grandchildren Kaden Mills and Hailey Higgins, Nephews Gary and Gerry Genovese and Randy Chestnut and sister Ione.

A viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 4:00pm-8:00pm, Graveside service is Thursday May 12, 11:00 am. Both the viewing and services will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 12, 2016
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