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Emma Marie Mills

February 8, 1928 May 25, 2018
Emma Marie Mills
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Obituary for Emma Marie Mills

Emma Marie Mills, 90, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Crestview Specialty Care in West Branch. A Memorial Service to celebrate Emma Marie’s life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N Johnson Street with Pastor Jennifer Lutz officiating. Burial will be held at 10 am on Sunday, June 10 at Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, IA 52240, or to the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.

Emma Marie was born on February 8, 1928 in Aledo, IL, the daughter of Francis Calvin and Ada Mary Baldwin Gaines. She grew up in the Aledo, IL area. Marie enjoyed riding horses and playing with dogs as a child. Leonard Mills married his Emmy on November 4, 1944, in Wapello, IA. They had enjoyed nearly 31 years together when Leonard passed away on February 10, 1975.

Upon moving back to the Iowa City area, Emma had numerous jobs; one in particular at National Computer Systems (Pearson) from which she retired in 1992 after 13 years. She continued working at home doing alterations and childcare (she loved interacting with babies and young children) until well in her eighties. Emma was a loved member of her neighborhood and was known for befriending her neighbors and mail carriers. Marie especially loved tending to her flowers and raspberry patch at home. She was an avid reader and always had a Western novel on her end table! Emma attended Zion Lutheran Church and was a dedicated volunteer at Mercy Hospital. Emma Marie will be dearly missed by her neighbors, her family, and the Hoylands.

Survivors include her sister Patricia George, nephew Keith (Ann) George, great-niece Allie George, niece Pamala George, all of Simi Valley, CA; sister-in-law Marilyn Gaines, niece Katrina (Butch) Huggins, great-nephew Adam Huggins, great-niece Brandi Haines, all of Iowa City; niece Kelly (Monty) Huddleston, great-niece Kelsey Huddleston, great-niece Haley Huddleston, all of Cedar Rapids; and longtime friends, Christy Curry and Kevin Hoyland of Iowa City, plus “her girls,” Meredith Hoyland, Waco, TX, and Grace Hoyland of Iowa City.

Emma Marie was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Ada, her husband Leonard, and a brother, James on July 11, 2013.

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11:00 AM 6/9/2018 11:00:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church - Iowa City

310 N. Johnson Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

Zion Lutheran Church - Iowa City
310 N. Johnson Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Maple Park Cemetery Final Resting Place

2 W Prospect Street
Aurora, MO 65605

2 W Prospect Street Aurora 65605 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Iowa City Public Library

ICPL Friends Foundation
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240-1820

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