Linda Karen Mills
May 27, 1947 ‒ February 12, 2017
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 (www.carcinoid.org).
The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Mills family.
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