Linda Karen Mills

May 27, 1947 ‒ February 12, 2017

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Santa Maria, California

Linda Karen Mills of Delaware, OH and formerly of Santa Maria, California, passed away surrounded by her family on February 12, 2017 after a long hard fought battle with carcinoid cancer.

Linda was born May 27, 1947 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Vernon and Lucille Janice McCabe (Cunningham). She is preceded in death by her father Vernon McCabe and her brother Cary McCabe.

Linda moved to Glendora, California with her family at the age of seven years old. She graduated from Glendora High School in 1965. Linda attended the University of California Santa Barbara where she earned a BA in History. While living in Santa Barbara, Linda met Thomas Mills who had just returned from serving in the United States Army in Vietnam. Linda and Tom were married in Montecito, California on June 26, 1971.

She began teaching for the Lompoc Unified School District where she taught elementary school for twenty-five years taking a fifteen-year hiatus to raise her three children.

She loved teaching and her favorite grade to teach was first grade because she loved helping kids become better readers. Linda’s love for teaching went beyond elementary school where she taught ESL classes and taught foreign exchange students through Cultural Homestay Institute English during their summer stay in the United States.

Linda was a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church in Santa Maria, California. She enjoyed singing in the choir, working in the Awana program and teaching Sunday school. Linda was also part of a Sunday school class where she made many close friends that she loved and cherished dearly.

Since 1972, she has faithfully served in the Gideon International Auxiliary passing out New Testament Bibles around the California Central Coast.

She loved to sew and would make beautiful dresses for herself, her daughters and even her daughter’s dolls. She enjoyed continuing that tradition on with her grandkids making them Christmas dresses, Halloween costumes and matching aprons for when they baked Christmas cookies together.

She could often be found working in the flower beds in her yard as she loved gardening, especially growing her favorite flowers, hydrangeas.

Linda loved traveling and seeing the world. Some of her favorite trips were to Hawaii, Australia and Europe. She took her children on many great adventures, a legacy that they have carried on with their own families.

Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Lucille Janice; her loving husband of 45 years, Tom; her son, Thomas Mills; her daughters, Kimberlee (Kurt) Kaelber and Andrea (Paul) Giorgi; and her grandchildren, Kylee, Kaden and Kason Kaelber and Ella, Micah, Rilynn and Henry Giorgi.

Linda considered the greatest gifts the Lord gave her were her husband, her three children and her seven grandchildren. Linda’s greatest legacy is and will be her faith in Jesus Christ where she lived a life that truly glorified Him until the moment she passed.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 12 – 1 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm. Burial will be held in Waldo Cemetery.

Contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to Gideon International or the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Mills family.

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  • It was a pleasure to have Linda in our lives for a time with our small group. Linda loved to serve others and her love for the Lord showed in her graciousness to others. We will miss her but also know we will see Linda again in heaven.

  • My condolences to Tom and his family as they mourn the loss of Linda. I am glad that the years have been fruitful and blessed despite the advent of this affliction that took Linda. By the will of Heaven these moments of loss will be forgotten as eternity unfolds upon your continuing love into forever.

  • 35 years ago I was blessed to meet Linda Mills. She was on break from teaching and willing to work from home calling on businesses that were interested in talking to me about my tax and accounting business. Looking back, as we shared stories over the years of our children and grandchildren, I see our true blessing is in our faith and family. I am saddened by the loss of a long time friend. I wish God’s peace to Tom and family at this time. I know Tom will have his angel in Heaven praying for him and all of the extended Mills family.

  • Tom.
    We are so deeply saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. Linda was a gracious and lovely lady. We pray that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

  • While I was in high school Linda and her husband and family opened their home to the youth group to host an early morning breakfast and bible study at 6:30 a.m.! Many of us got in an excellent habbit of spending time with God regularly tbrough this. What a legacy she has left of serving God and what a sacrifice! Thank you Mills famly. Love, the Sullivan and Shaw Families

  • Dear Tom, Tommy, Kimberly and Andrea,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember Linda having a warm smile and kind heart. I pray that you experience the incredible comfort that only comes from Jesus and peace in knowing you will one day see her again.
    Many Blessings,
    Jolene and family

  • Hello Tom & Family, I just read Linda’s obit in the Santa Maria Times. I did know about her illness but always when I saw her she was so pleasant, always smiling….but mortality, even our own, is something we all have to face. We spoke in Costco the day before you left and she surprised me with that news when she said, we’re going tomorrow. Know that I’m thinking of you, blessings on you all. Marilyn Craig

  • Dear Tom and Family,

    I was shocked when I read Linda’s obituary in the Santa Maria Times. I had taught with her (and Tom, too) at Los Padres School. She was a very talented lady. When I read in the obituary that she had moved to Delaware, Ohio, I was glad to know that she had spent her last days with her loved ones.

    Sue McGill

  • Tom and Family,
    I am very saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I Taught with her at Los Padres Elementary School, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. She was always bright and cheery and sincerely cared for each of her students. I valued her expertise and willingness to share with colleagues.

    May you and your family have joyful memories of Linda to sustain you through the difficult days until you meet again. She always spoke of her family with great love & pride.

    Rebecca Arnold