Nikki Mills

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URBANA – Nikki Jo Mills, 72, went to be with our Lord God on January 2, 2015. She was born in Barberton, Ohio, on December 25, 1942, to the late Mary and Edward Gerry.

On November 10, 1962, she married Larry Mills, and he survives along with their children, David (Jeanne) Mills of Xenia, Marc (Lisa) Mills of Bellefontaine and Denise (Keith) Norris of Urbana. Nikki was a loving grandmother to 8 grandchildren, Amanda Nischwitz, Kyle Mills, Alex Mills, David McGuire, Jace Mills, Dustin Norris, Austin Norris, Aubrey Norris, and 3 great-grandchildren, Devin Salyers, Adelyne Salyers and Jessilynn Mills. Nikki was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Edward Gerry, daughter, Deborah Marie Mills, brother, Louis Gerry, and sister, Edna Gerry Finn.

Nikki loved life and anyone who knew her would agree! She graduated from Barberton High School and from the Akron School of Nursing. After completing her education, she married her husband of 52 years, Larry Mills, and began a full life of activities. Nikki adored her four children and participated in their busy schedules while working as a nurse. Her career included working in hospitals, physician offices, clinics and nursing homes. After retiring from nursing, Nikki also worked at the Champaign County Sheriff Office, It Figures gym and the American Red Cross. While serving with the Red Cross, she and her husband Larry went to Louisiana to give aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Nikki was gifted to take anything and create it into an item of beauty. Her flower gardens, sewing and home crafts reflect the beauty she shared with everyone. A lifelong member of the Catholic Church, her faith was demonstrated daily as she cared for the needs of others. "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear."

A Celebration of Life will be held at the family's convenience this week with Hospice Chaplain Jim Moeller officiating. Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in Nikki's memory to the Community Mercy Hospice, 444 W. Harding Rd., Springfield, OH 45504. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Published in Weekly Currents from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2015