Verdie Mae Mills was born the daughter of Reverend Billy Rogers and Etta Mae Rogers on July 10, 1925 and departed this life June 23, 2020 at the age of 94 years and eleven months.
Verdie Mae was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Mills on August 3, 1941. They celebrated sixty-six years of marriage until his death in 2007.
Verdie is survived by her three daughters, Mary Allen, St. Peters, Missouri; Carol Sue (Ed) Barnett, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Debbie (Jeff) Mohr, Wentzville, Missouri.
She leaves 7 grandchildren, Jack (Meloney) Allen, Todd (Lisa) Allen and Delisa (Burton) Nuzum, Stacey Barnett, Rek Mohr, Derrick Mohr and Luke Mohr, 7 Great Grandchildren, Jacob (Kayla) Allen, Joseph Allen, Shiloh Allen, Amber (Nick) Hudgens, Rebecca Allen (Kenneth McLain), LaTasha (Nate) Reinhardt, Tiara Nuzum, 5 Great Great Grandchildren, Lillian Allen, Emma Hudgens, Jeremiah Hudgens, Wyatt McLain and Theo Reinhardt.
Verdie was preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Etta Mae Rogers, her loving husband, Bob Mills, 4 sisters, Ruth Rogers, Medie Evans, Edith Pierce, Eulah Case, 1 brother, Noah Rogers, and her dear son-in-law, Glen Dale Allen.
From Her daughters:
Our mother, Verdie, was so very loved. Not just by her family, but by all who knew her. We have heard from so many whose lives were impacted through her kindness, encouragement and prayers.
Mom spent her career as a nurses aid and assistant activity director at Chastain’s Nursing Home in Thayer, MO. It wasn’t just a job; she found a true purpose in her work. She loved her co-workers and adored her patients. With her gentle touch and sweet spirit, she would go above and beyond to ensure that her patients felt loved and cared for.
Mom loved to cook and that was one of the ways she showed her love for her family. The grandchildren looked so forward to coming to Thayer to visit Grandma and Grandpa Mills, and one of the highlights of every trip was Grandma’s big breakfast that always included biscuits and gravy and homemade jelly. She usually had a pie or two sitting in the kitchen just waiting for the grandkids to arrive. You never left her house hungry.
In her later years, mom’s short- term memory had faded but she continued to show love and encouragement to others. She would smile and tell her caregivers how pretty they were, how sweet they were and how good they were to her as she sweetly kissed their cheek or hand. Always the encourager.
When mom prayed, heaven listened. Through the years, she has called out all of our names in prayer more than once. That was her answer to anything that we faced in life…. just pray and trust God.
Mom and Dad had a pact that whoever reached Heaven first would wait by the River of Life for the other one. Daddy was waiting there as Angels ushered our mother home.
Our mother has touched the lives of many. She leaves a legacy of kindness, goodness and unwavering faith in her God.
Funeral services for Verdie Mae Mills on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Reverend Russell Hensley officiating.
Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.