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Viola Francis Mills, 96, of Wilmington, passed away on August 20, 2010 in Lomita. Born July 22, 1914 in Kansas City, Missouri to Webb and Ola Dugan, she was the first of 4 children. The family moved to Arkansas, where Viola grew up, married and raised 4 children, then finally settled in Wilmington, California in 1954. An avid sports fan, she especially loved watching Lakers, Dodgers and UCLA games, Little League, bowling and tennis. Other favorites included trips to Arkansas, senior bus trips to Laughlin and Las Vegas, reading and playing video games...crowning achievement - saving the princess on Super Mario Bros. Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Tom; son, Daniel; son-in-law, Bill Paulson; granddaughter, Sylvia Stegner; and brothers, Cecil and Daniel Dugan. She is survived by daughters, Barbara Paulson, of Lomita and Deana Baker (Emmett) of Arkansas; son, John (Emma) of Arkansas; sister, Querita Hunt of Arkansas; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs, Brittany, Button, and Badger, all rescues. Viola was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend will be greatly missed. Visitation was held Tuesday, August 24, 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 25, at 11 a.m. Both will be held at A.M. Gamby Mortuary, 25001 Narbonne Ave., Lomita. Interment will be in Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to S.P.A.R.E. (Save Pound Animals thru Rescue & Education), P.O. Box 5248, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274, in Viola's memory. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2010
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