Myrtle Marie Tindley Mills (1929 - 2013)

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Myrtle Marie Tindley Mills

Pocomoke City —Myrtle Marie Tindley Mills, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Born on March 10, 1929, Myrtle was one of thirteen born to the late Arthur and Sallie Tindley.

Myrtle was educated in the public schools of Worcester County, where she graduated from Worcester High School in Newark, Maryland. She was employed at various places, including Chesapeake Plywood, Inc. in Pocomoke. During her twenty-three year tenure at Chesapeake Plywood, Inc., Myrtle was selected "Woman of the Year" for 1981. She retired in 1983. On November 12, 1948 she was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Wilbert Mills, Sr.

Myrtle received Christ at an early age. She became an active member in her home church, Williams A.M.E. Church in Newark, Maryland. She later transferred her membership to Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Pocomoke City. She was an active member of her church, and served faithfully and tirelessly with the Senior Choir, United Methodist Women, Fisherman's Club, Noon Day Bible Study, Tindley's Committee, Sunday School and was an avid member of the Historic Committee. Myrtle was a descendant of the late Reverend Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, who is often referred to as the "Prince of Preachers." She remained a faithful servant until her demise.

She leaves to cherish her victory with her six children, Patsy (Allie) Purnell of Snow Hill, Peggy (Reverend Alonzo) Schoolfield of Pocomoke City, Tyrone (Lawanda) Mills of Hebron, Odessa Mills of Pocomoke City, Myra (Percy) Watts of Salisbury and Lorrie Mills of Owings Mills; her ten grandchildren, Kevin Purnell, Dawnne (Donald, Jr.) Robinson, Korry (Beverly) Purnell, Kim Purnell, Shawn (Angela) Elbert, Shelita Allen, Blair (Lauren) Mills, Brian Mills, Joshua Watts and Jonathan Watts; her eight great-grandchildren, Dionne Purnell, Trevin Allen, Treona Allen, Deja Robinson, Kayla Purnell, Jordan Elbert, Donald Robinson III and Jaiden Elbert; her four siblings, Viola Hunter of Newark, Clara Collick of Snow Hill, Lula Purnell of Charlotte, North Carolina and Yvonne Adams of Westover; three adopted daughters, Marlene Harmon, Mable Holden-Jones and Kimberly Joynes; one sister-in-law, Lillian Mills and three brothers-in-law, Edward Brown, Reverend Carroll Mills and William Mills and a host of other family members and friends.

In addition to her husband, Wilbert Mills, Sr. and her son, Wilbert "Buddy" Mills, Jr., Myrtle was preceded in death by thirteen siblings.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church located at 409 Oxford Street in Pocomoke City, where friends may call two hours prior. Pastor Joseph Purnell will be the Eulogist. Friends may also call at the church Friday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pocomoke, Maryland. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Wilbert J. Mills, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. To send condolences please visit

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30639 Hampden Ave. Princess Anne, MD 21853
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Published in The Daily Times on June 27, 2013
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