Hazel V. Mills
Hazel Virginia Mills finished her earthly life’s journey and joyfully went to God, her Lord and Savior, and to join her beloved Sam on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:24 am in Sunset Home.
Hazel was born August 29, 1926 in LaGrange, Missouri, the daughter of Joseph Wade and Anna Gertrude Kixmiller Breding. She married Samuel Edward Mills on April 30, 1954 in South Seventh Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 22, 1999.
Hazel attended the Midway Rural School, a one room schoolhouse, in LaGrange, Missouri. In 1944, she graduated from LaGrange Pleasant Grove High School, and in 1947 she graduated as an R.N. from Blessing Hospital School of Nursing. Hazel was a nurse at the Quincy Clinic for Dr. James Henderson, Dr. Richard Meyer, and then for Dr. Robert C. Murphy, until her retirement in 1989. She worked part-time at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
She was a member of Union United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and the Quincy Church Women United. She was a member of the Sunset Home Auxiliary, the Salvation Army Auxiliary, and the Blessing Hospital Alumni. Hazel was a volunteer at Blessing Hospital, RSVP, Sunset Home, the Salvation Army, and for over 14 years at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center.
Hazel was a busy volunteer, and because of her dedication and love of people she was honored with numerous awards, including: Volunteer of the Year at Sunset Home (2002), WGEM & Quincy Herald Whig Jefferson Award for Public Service (2005), Illinois Governors Award for Unique Achievement (2008), induction into the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame (2008), Destroying the Myths of Aging (2009), Quincy Exchange Club Golden Deeds Award (2012), Blessing Alumna Nurse of the Year (2014), and KHQA Hometown Hero (2017).
Hazel enjoyed flowers, crocheting, reading, baking, shopping and especially socializing with friends. Hazel loved to feed birds, squirrels and raccoons at night.
Survivors include her very special family, Robert (Penny) Musolino of Quincy, IL, Prudy (Michael) Patterson of Quincy, IL, and Janet (Duane) Brammer of Hannibal, MO..
In addition to her husband, Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Velma Shumate, and a brother, Joseph H. Breding. She was the last of her family.
Services: 10:30 am on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Pastor Carol Stufflebeam officiating and a special tribute by the Nurse Honor Guard of Northeast Missouri.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Memorials: Quincy Senior Center, the Alzheimer’s Association of Quincy or Blessing Hospice
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.