Sylvia  Mills

Sylvia Walker Mills

Friday, May 7th, 1943 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Sylvia May Walker passed away on August 29, 2020, at age 77 from oral cancer recently diagnosed in June. She was born on May 7, 1943 at her family farm on Curtis Rd in Arundel Maine, the daughter of Earl Walker and Edna Howard Walker.

Sylvia had 6 siblings; Frank, Suzanne, Howard, Donald, Ronald and Robert. All that is surviving is baby brother Robert Walker who still lives near the old farm in Arundel. Sylvia graduated in 1961 from Kennebunk High School. She moved to Portland to live at the YWCA to attend the Plus School of Business.

Sylvia then married Robert Mills in 1963 and they moved to Hillsborough NH. Soon after they had 3 children, Susan, Karen, and Robert Jr. While living in NH, Sylvia worked in Peterborough for Hunnewell Corp and Brookstone. She and her children returned to Maine in 1978 and shortly after arriving home, began working for Shields Meats. She then began a long career in the car dealer business working in the office for Methot Buick, Crepeau Motors and Jolly John Auto City, where she loved working in the dealerships and made many friends. She greatly enjoyed “Jeepin” with her dealership family at Jolly Johns.

Sylvia was sadly plagued with several medical conditions that took her out of work much earlier than she expected. Sylvia’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and she loved that she was able to spend so much time with them as they grew. Sylvia looked forward to her weekly lunches with her long-time friends, to include Wanda Walker and Pat West Hubbard, whom she has known for 60 years. The ladies dined at local restaurants and she especially loved The Seafood Center of Arundel along with owners Theresa and Chris, who treated her so kindly. She also especially looked forward to the holidays with her children and grandchildren, looked forward to the family reunion each September with the Walkers, Joneses and Turner families. Sylvia spent almost every Saturday with daughter Susan and they typically went to breakfast, then on to Kennebunk Beach or St. Ann’s church where they enjoyed watching the waves and taking in the tourists, and was always on the look- out for “41”, President George Bush.

Sylvia will be sadly missed by her children, Susan Mills (Suzanne), Karen Leach (Thomas) and Robert Mills (Angela) and grandchildren, Jamie, Benjamin, Calli, Kayleigh and Katarina, along with her grand-cats and grand-dogs.

Sylvia’s family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses at Maine Medical Partners Oncology – Dr. Bian; Maine Medical Center Radiation Therapy; the nurses and CNA’s with Hospice of Southern Maine and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, with special thanks to nurse, Cheryl, who not only showed great compassion in making Sylvia comfortable in her last hours, but also provided guidance and support to her children during her last hours of life.

Sylvia’s family will have a private burial at the family’s private cemetery, but do invite family and friends to share in an outdoor Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the home of Wanda Walker at 243 Curtis Road, Arundel ME 04046, from noon to 3pm. Masks are greatly encouraged!

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House c/o Hospice of Southern Maine, 390 US Rt. One, Scarborough, ME. 04074.
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    Saturday, September 5th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, September 5th, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    A celebration of Sylvia's life will be held at the home of Wanda Walker, 243 Curtis Rd. Arundel, ME. 04046 Mask use is encouraged.


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Karen Nelson

Posted at 07:56am
I was a nurse at the Biddeford hospital where I came to know and love Sylvia. She was the nicest most upbeat person. She talked about her children and grandchildren, her friends and cats. She loved you all! She was one of the greats and she will be missed. She made the world a better place. I am so sorry for your loss.

Brian Shorey

Posted at 04:14pm
Will miss the smiles and hugs every time , rest easy , love Brian and Beth Shorey

Patricia West Hubbard

Posted at 05:23pm
Such a beautiful friend. Thank you Sylvia for sharing your life with me. It was a blast. Happy for you. But sad for Susan, Karen, Bobby, and all those who loved you. Rest Easy my friend.

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