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Dorothy “Dot” <I>McQuiston</I> Mills

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Dorothy “Dot” McQuiston Mills

Birth
Atoka, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA
Death
18 Jul 2009 (aged 88)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Brighton, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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A funeral service for Dorothy McQuiston Mills, 88, was held at the Holly Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church on July 22 at 11 a.m. Burial was at the Indian Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Mills passed away on July 18, 2009. Born in the Salem community on Jan. 2, 1921, she was the youngest of six children of the late James Everett McQuiston and Rosa Lee Puryear McQuiston. (Published in The Leader, Covington, TN)July 23, 2009 Obituary: A funeral service for Dorothy McQuiston Mills, 88, was held at the Holly Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church on July 22nd at 11am, Burial was at the Indian Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Mills was born in the Salem Community and was the youngest of six children of the late James Everett McQuiston and Rosa Puryear McQuiston. She was a 1938 graduate of Brighton High School.

On July 6, 1939, Mrs. Mills married Harold Winford Mills of Holly Grove in Marion, Arkansas. She made a home and raised a family as a military wife in many locations stateside and overseas for 30 years. During World War II, she and her children lived in Astoria, Oregon, Charleston, SC, and Norfolk, VA, while her husband was at sea. Later Air Force assignments included Memphis, Knoxville, Washington, D.C. (twice), South America (twice), and the Panama Canal Zone.

In October 1958, she accompanied her husband on a remote posting to Puerto Montt, Chile, South America. She and her family "went native" learning Spanish and involving themselves in community activities including her sons becoming volunteer firemen (bomberos). In May 1960, there occurred one of the strongest ever recorded earthquakes in Southern Chile, 7.9. The Mills Family declined evacuation and worked in disaster relief operations to assist their city and neighbors. The entire family was recognized for its service by the Municipality of Puerto Montt and the Chilean Air Force.

In 1969, the Mills moved to Jackson, Mississippi following her husband's retirement from active Air Force service to participate in the gubernatorial campaign of Charles Sullivan. Mrs. Mills returned to Holly Grove in 1972 where she and her husband built their dream home. Mrs. Mills was active in her church in Holly Grove, especially as a member of the "Young Steppers" and as a Sunday school teacher. She loved religious music, painting and her flower gardens.

Mrs. Mills is survived by her husband of 70 years, Major Harold W. Mills, USAF (Retired); two sons, Col. Harold W. Mills, Jr., USAF(Retired) of Columbia, S.C., and Lt. Col. Rix Marion Mills, USAF (Retired) of Puerto Montt, Chile. She is also survived by three grandsons, Major David H. Mills, USMC of Tampa, Florida, Captain Andrew H. Mills, USMC of Surf City, N.C., and James E. Mills of Broad Run, VA, and seven great-grandchildren: James R. Mills, Jackson C. Mills, Karley Ann Mills, and Jason F. Mills of Broad Run, VA., and Braeden Julian Mills and Emerson Alexandra Mills of Surf City, N.C. Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Walter Brown, and three sisters, Mary, Anne and Minnie.

Father: James Everett McQuiston Apr 30, 1879-Feb 4, 1961
Mother: Rosa Lee Puryear Nov 13, 1880-Oct 4, 1931

Sons:
Harold Winford Mills, Jr. Aug 31, 1941-
Rix Marion Mills Jul 27, 1943-

Grandchildren:
James Everett Mills Nov 4, 1970-
David Hopkins Mills Jan 3, 1974-
Andrew Heath Mills Mar 17, 1976-

Great Grandchildren:
James Robert Mills Dec 8, 1998-
Jackson Clark Mills Apr 10, 2001-
Karley Ann Mills Oct 11, 2002-
Jason Franklin Dec 1, 2005
Braeden Julian Mills Sept 26, 2003-
Emerson Alexandra Mills May 18, 2006-
Kai David Mills Mat 16, 2010-
Katarina Lynn Mills Aug 29, 2012-
Gray Nami Mills Jul 29, 2017-
A funeral service for Dorothy McQuiston Mills, 88, was held at the Holly Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church on July 22 at 11 a.m. Burial was at the Indian Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Mills passed away on July 18, 2009. Born in the Salem community on Jan. 2, 1921, she was the youngest of six children of the late James Everett McQuiston and Rosa Lee Puryear McQuiston. (Published in The Leader, Covington, TN)July 23, 2009 Obituary: A funeral service for Dorothy McQuiston Mills, 88, was held at the Holly Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church on July 22nd at 11am, Burial was at the Indian Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Mills was born in the Salem Community and was the youngest of six children of the late James Everett McQuiston and Rosa Puryear McQuiston. She was a 1938 graduate of Brighton High School.

On July 6, 1939, Mrs. Mills married Harold Winford Mills of Holly Grove in Marion, Arkansas. She made a home and raised a family as a military wife in many locations stateside and overseas for 30 years. During World War II, she and her children lived in Astoria, Oregon, Charleston, SC, and Norfolk, VA, while her husband was at sea. Later Air Force assignments included Memphis, Knoxville, Washington, D.C. (twice), South America (twice), and the Panama Canal Zone.

In October 1958, she accompanied her husband on a remote posting to Puerto Montt, Chile, South America. She and her family "went native" learning Spanish and involving themselves in community activities including her sons becoming volunteer firemen (bomberos). In May 1960, there occurred one of the strongest ever recorded earthquakes in Southern Chile, 7.9. The Mills Family declined evacuation and worked in disaster relief operations to assist their city and neighbors. The entire family was recognized for its service by the Municipality of Puerto Montt and the Chilean Air Force.

In 1969, the Mills moved to Jackson, Mississippi following her husband's retirement from active Air Force service to participate in the gubernatorial campaign of Charles Sullivan. Mrs. Mills returned to Holly Grove in 1972 where she and her husband built their dream home. Mrs. Mills was active in her church in Holly Grove, especially as a member of the "Young Steppers" and as a Sunday school teacher. She loved religious music, painting and her flower gardens.

Mrs. Mills is survived by her husband of 70 years, Major Harold W. Mills, USAF (Retired); two sons, Col. Harold W. Mills, Jr., USAF(Retired) of Columbia, S.C., and Lt. Col. Rix Marion Mills, USAF (Retired) of Puerto Montt, Chile. She is also survived by three grandsons, Major David H. Mills, USMC of Tampa, Florida, Captain Andrew H. Mills, USMC of Surf City, N.C., and James E. Mills of Broad Run, VA, and seven great-grandchildren: James R. Mills, Jackson C. Mills, Karley Ann Mills, and Jason F. Mills of Broad Run, VA., and Braeden Julian Mills and Emerson Alexandra Mills of Surf City, N.C. Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Walter Brown, and three sisters, Mary, Anne and Minnie.

Father: James Everett McQuiston Apr 30, 1879-Feb 4, 1961
Mother: Rosa Lee Puryear Nov 13, 1880-Oct 4, 1931

Sons:
Harold Winford Mills, Jr. Aug 31, 1941-
Rix Marion Mills Jul 27, 1943-

Grandchildren:
James Everett Mills Nov 4, 1970-
David Hopkins Mills Jan 3, 1974-
Andrew Heath Mills Mar 17, 1976-

Great Grandchildren:
James Robert Mills Dec 8, 1998-
Jackson Clark Mills Apr 10, 2001-
Karley Ann Mills Oct 11, 2002-
Jason Franklin Dec 1, 2005
Braeden Julian Mills Sept 26, 2003-
Emerson Alexandra Mills May 18, 2006-
Kai David Mills Mat 16, 2010-
Katarina Lynn Mills Aug 29, 2012-
Gray Nami Mills Jul 29, 2017-


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  • Created by: Carole McCaig
  • Added: Jul 28, 2009
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39998968/dorothy-mills: accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy “Dot” McQuiston Mills (2 Jan 1921–18 Jul 2009), Find a Grave Memorial ID 39998968, citing Indian Creek Cemetery, Brighton, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Carole McCaig (contributor 46785778).