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 Marietta <I>Esslinger</I> Mills

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Marietta Esslinger Mills

  • Birth 17 Nov 1917 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 12 Mar 2006 Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Peru, Miami County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 13641421

Marietta Esslinger, Mills, 88, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Adrian, Michigan.

She was born on November 17, 1917 in Danville, Illinois to Paul and Isabelle (Strauss) Esslinger. At age 13 her family moved to Peru, where she spent most of her life.

The 1935 graduate of Peru High School, Mills was the credit manager at Montgomery Ward from 1942 to 1947, as well as worked in the credit department of Miami County Farm Bureau from 1945 to 1947.

She married Myron E. Mills in 1942, and partnered with him in his business, Mills Refrigeration. He passed away in 2000. Mills was very active in PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and in the Main Street United Methodist Church, where she maintained her membership since 1945. She taught Sunday School, led the junior high youth fellowship and started a Bible study.

In 1987, after her children were grown, Mills returned to work at American Stationery.

Mills is survived by two daughters, Emily Rico and husband Nicholas, Fort Wayne, and Catherine Royer and husband Tom, Adrian, Michigan; son, Myron Mills and wife, Kyle, Keller, Texas; sister, Barbara Popejoy and husband Robert, Sugar Land, Texas; and granddaughters, Lauren and Corinne Rico; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Aside from her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Esslinger and William Esslinger; and a sister, Annabelle Esslinger Stewart.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery Chapel, Peru, with Pastor Steven Ailes officiating.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru, as well as at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Mount Hope Cemetery Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Main Street United Methodist Church Education Fund, Peru.

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  • Created by: Lisa King
  • Added: 17 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13641421
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marietta Esslinger Mills (17 Nov 1917–12 Mar 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13641421, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru, Miami County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Lisa King (contributor 41010339) .