BERTHA MILLSPosted: April 30th, 2014
1927 ~ 2014
Mrs. Bertha (Bertie) Mills, beloved wife of the late Mr. James Mills and long time resident of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully at the Riverview Care Centre on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the age of 86 years. She is survived by her younger brother, Charles of Nova Scotia and grandsons, James and Marshall of British Columbia. She also has numerous nieces and nephews across Canada. Bertie was predeceased by her husband, Jim and most recently by her only daughter, Lee; her parents, three brothers, and three sisters. Bertie was born in Sydney, NS the second youngest of eight siblings. She had come out west to visit her sister in the late 1940’s and met and later married Jim Mills of Carstairs, AB. They moved to Medicine Hat where Jim began a career in the funeral business. They were actively involved in the community for many years. Bertie loved to sing and was a member of the Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church choir. After moving to the west coast for a few years, Jim and Bertie returned to the Hat into a new home on Shaw Crescent. They enjoyed some good years there until Jim had to move to personal care due to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Bertie remained at her home with increased help of great neighbours, especially Don and Virginia Mason. She too fell into the clutches of Alzheimer’s and had to move into personal care; first at the Teeoda and then to Riverview where she received great care from the staff.
We, Bertie’s extended family would like to thank the Riverview staff for their care. We would like to especially thank Marlene Ruff, Bertie’s long time friend and choir mate, for her guardianship and for being in her corner when no one else could or would. A Celebration of Berties life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. Bertie will be reunited with her husband, Jim in the Carstairs Cemetery, Carstairs, AB. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455