Barbara Jane (Watson) Mills of Midland, formerly of Alma, went to be with the Lord, Aug. 6, 2014 at the age of 93.
She was born in Alma, Dec. 7, 1920, the daughter of Earl and Loretta (Kennedy) Watson. She was a 1937 graduate from Alma High School. Barb married Murl Mills at St. Mary's Church on July 29, 1939. She worked in Alma and Midland for Mahar Oldsmobile as a bookkeeper and would later retire from the Department of Corrections in 1988. Barb was a member of Our Lady of Grace in Sanford, Mich. Barbara's family would like to thank all of her Midland family and friends for their help in allowing her to stay at her home, especially, Judy, Phylis, Dean, Susie, Don and Sue and her angel, Jean.
Surviving Barb are her sons, Gary Mills of Alma, Gordon (Patricia) Mills of IN; grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Mills of Alma, Mike (Jennifer) Mills of Eaton Rapids, Tim (Louanna Bruner) Mills of Mt. Pleasant, Lorie (Kevin) Eby of Indiana, Amy (Bob) Rosa of Indiana; 21 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Ruth (Don) John of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Murl in 2001; infant son, David; brothers, Ed, Bernie, Bob and Bill Watson; granddaughter, LeAnn Gaff.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Aug. 9, 2014 at Nativity of the Lord Parish, formerly, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 510 N. Prospect Ave., Alma, with Father Nate Harburg officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Alma. Memorial contributions can be made to the church for mass intentions, or to Masonic Pathways, 1200 Wright Ave., Alma, MI 48801. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Please visit our website to place online condolences or to sign the guest register, www.shellyodell.com