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MILLS, Edith S. – Chipman, NB

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The death of Edith (Hornbrook) Mills occurred on January 6th, 2016 in Chipman, N.B.  Born in Chipman, N.B. on June 17, 1922, Edith was the daughter of Sylvia and Walter Hornbrook, and sister of Frances (Mills), Harold Hornbrook, and half-sister of Arnold Hassan, all of whom predeceased her. She is survived by her husband John, nephews, and neices – George Mills (Linda), Mary Cunningham (Michael), Anne Caldwell (David), Rob Mills (Shelley), Barbara Hale (Roger, deceased), Eileen Jordan (Dalton) and their families.  Also survived by special friends, the Nechitas.

Edith graduated from Chipman High School in 1939, and in 1947 married her high school sweetheart, John Mills. They made their home in Chipman.
Edith taught school for 35 years, in the Chipman area, retiring in 1977. John retired the following year. They enjoyed many happy years of retirement which included many trips “trailering” around North America and making new friends.
Edith was a member of Chipman United Church where she served as the first woman
elder, taught Sunday School for years, served on various committees and was a member of the U.C.W. She served as secretary of the Red Bank Cemetery Committee for over 50 years.

She was instrumental or led the effort to establish the Chipman Library which would perhaps be her most noteworthy community achievement.  In 1987, she was named Distinguished Citizen of Chipman of recognition of her many contributions in community life. She served on the Boards of Chipman Outreach Inc. and Chipman Community care for many years. Edith was an ardent environmentalist and always loved animals.

Her service will be held at Chipman United Church, Chipman, N.B. on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. with reception to follow. Visitation will take place from 12:30 – 2:30 at the church prior to the service.
Contributions to Chipman United Church, Chipman Public Library, the United Church Mission & Service Fund or any SPCA Shelter would be appreciated.

Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium (339-6612). Condolences and memories may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca.

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Betty Parker
Betty Parker

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Edith as a Teacher during high school and even more as part of my Church family. She was a wonderful lady.

Lloyd and Deanna
Lloyd and Deanna

Thoughts and Prayers to the family…

Cheryl (Brown) Burns
Cheryl (Brown) Burns

I am saddened to hear this news. She was a great teacher and her love of history made me become interested in history. When Edith and John toured Canada, they always spent a night at our home and Russ and I enjoyed their visits. I always visited them when I went back home. They were extended family members. I will miss her hugs, her wisdom and her matter of fact way of looking at life. I still smile when I remember the time she told me: “I think it’s time you stopped calling me Mrs. Mills and call me Edith.”… Read more »

Pam Folkins
Pam Folkins

So sorry for your loss! Edith was a wonderful lady. She always went out of her way to say hello and chat; always supporting and participating in the community and more….Edith you will surely be missed, and remembered by many.
Pam

Carson Atkinson
Carson Atkinson

My sincere condolences go out to her family.I had the pleasure of working with
Edith at CRHS in the early 70s. I always respected her opinions and insights in
education and thoroughly enjoyed her presentations in the United Church especially
relating to the church history.Her passage is a loss to both her family our and community.
Retired teacher and principal,
Carson Atkinson

Brian and Margaret Crossman
Brian and Margaret Crossman

We are so sorry for you loss. Edith was a “Wonderful Lady and a Great Neighbor”.All of us here at the Garden Homes will miss her. She was one smart lady. God Bless. Brian and Margaret

Lanah Rattray
Lanah Rattray

Edith will be missed. She was a fantastic lady and one of the best teachers ever. I enjoyed her classes so much.

Tammy (Brown) Butland
Tammy (Brown) Butland

My sincere sympathies to the family. I had Edith as a teacher and led Sunday School sing song with her as well during my junior high and high school years. When my sister was visiting from BC I would drive her down and we would visit with Edith and John. She was a remarkable lady and I’m sure she will be missed by many near and far. May she rest in peace.

wayne leaman
wayne leaman

Sorry I didn’t get to know her for a little longer. I enjoyed our chats that we did have.
I wish there had been more.

Gerald and Nancy (Roberts) Chase
Gerald and Nancy (Roberts) Chase

When I think of Mrs. Mills RESPECT is the word that comes to mind. Not that she demanded it, you treated her that way and she respected all her students. She inspired you to give the best you had to give and you worked hard to give it. She had a big impact in my life and many times I would think of her words of wisdom when in a difficult situation. Chipman has lost one of their best citizens and a devoted teacher is now resting in peace. We shall never forget you.

Doris E. Hann
Doris E. Hann

So very sorry for your loss. She was a teacher of mine and will be missed by many.

Bruce Thomson, Queens County Heritage
Bruce Thomson, Queens County Heritage

On behalf of Queens County Heritage, our sincerest condolences. Edith was a long time member, donor and friend of our organization and she was very keen on the preservation and promotion of not only her personal and family history, but of the Chipman community as well. An amazing person and she will be greatly missed.

Diana Wentworth (Kennedy)
Diana Wentworth (Kennedy)

My condolences to the Village of Chipman at the loss of a cherished matriarch. Sbe truly loved our town. RIP Edith.

Angela (Hasson) Flynn
Angela (Hasson) Flynn

My sincere sympathies to the family. I had Edith as a teacher and loved her teaching style she was sincere in all she did. She was a remarkable lady and I’m sure she will be missed by many near and far. May she rest in peace.

Miriam Laskey
Miriam Laskey

Mrs. Mills picked me up on my way to school in the 70s in her little Audi. She taught me much in school but more by her kindness.

mary cunningham and john
mary cunningham and john

oh we are sadened with the news of ediths passing i so so wish we would have had longer with you edith as we justgot close you will never be forgotten as i have so many treasure osfyours hats etc i will treasure forever you were so sweet to carl and i we love you and our prayers are with everyone at this very very sad time love carl and carolyn grant edith you were so special to us both oxxo

carolyn and carl grant
carolyn and carl grant

carl and i are so sad to hearof ediths passing we loved her so much we wish we had of had more time with you edith as we just got close we will never forget you and how sweet you were to us both especially carolyn with your hats etc and our talks thank you so so much forever loved and will be so so missed love carolyn and carl oxox we send prayers to mary and her family also john and all the friends and church family as we all loved her so dearly our thoughts are with everyone… Read more »

Olive (Price) Ashfield
Olive (Price) Ashfield

So sorry to hear of “Mrs. Mills” passing. She was the best History teacher one could ever have. Even though that was not my favourite subject in High School, her classes were always interesting, and I will remember her lovely smile. Farewell to a great lady.

Lauchie Fulton
Lauchie Fulton

Sincere sympathy on the passing of Edith. I was fortunate to have her for a teacher in English and Latin for three years.
Some years ago I found a birthday card concerning Latin. I immediately thought of Edith and sent it to her signed “Anonymous”. A couple of months later when I saw her she said, ” I knew it was YOU!!”
Lauchie Fulton

Connie Webber
Connie Webber

My sincere sympathy to John, Mary and all family members. One of the grearest ladies I have ever known has gone to her well deserved rest- All thru my life she has been an inspiration -from my grade three teacher at Stevenson Road to the three high school years in Chipman and our church involvement to the present- I will miss you Edith but will never forget you Connie

Sharon Spencer and Family
Sharon Spencer and Family

Sincere sympathy to John, Mary and other family members. It is so hard to believe that Mrs.Mills (Edith) has gone on to her deserving resting place. I always loved listening to her give the history of anything she was asked to speak on. It wasn’t until these last few years I could call her Edith she was always Mrs. Mills but one Sunday she said you can just call me Edith. That was a very hard thing to do especially that it was who she was all through school. I have to thank her for all her visits she made… Read more »

jayne smith
jayne smith

My mentor,my friend.She knew everything about constitutions and graciously shared her knowledge and experience.She was my “go to” whenever I experienced difficulty.She was never too busy for me and encouraged me to stand up for what was right.I love you and I’ll miss you. Keep shining for me.

Deborah (Hicks) Phillips
Deborah (Hicks) Phillips

Edith was such a sweet lady. She use to give my mother (Irene Hicks) a drive to church every week after Mom could not drive anymore. And she often visited Mom at the home. Rest in peace, Edith.

Nora (Brown) Barton
Nora (Brown) Barton

Sorry to hear of Mrs. Mills’ passing. She was a very kind, humble, passionate lady. She always made one feel very special in her presence. Her teaching went above and beyond , and a desire for her students to learn was one of her deepest passions. Our community has lost a leader and friend. You will be missed, but your memories will live on . Our sincere sympathy to John and other family members.
John & Nora Barton

Bonnie Hasson
Bonnie Hasson

With deepest sympathy, I send my condolences to John, Mary & Family, George & Family. Words cannot express what you mean to me. Over the past 5 years our bond was unbreakable, we laughed and we cried. My respect for you is great, you taught me a lot and I will miss you dearly. You will never be forgotten. You are Special because you don’t even know how Special you are.

My Special Friend I bear in mind
that faithful friends are hard to find
In you I found one good and true
and yearly grows my love for you

Rose & Glenn Thurrott
Rose & Glenn Thurrott

Mary, John & Family We are so sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. I enjoyed all our time together in church etc. She has taught me a lot over the years. She will be sadly missed. Sending hugs.

Ardith Shirley
Ardith Shirley

A wonderful lady, teacher, friend and mentor to many in our community. I am thankful for the many memories and lessons learned from her over the years. She and John were always so kind to me while growing up at Chipman United. I also will especially cherish the time spent working with her on the ‘Chipman Then and Now’ Book – what stories and fun we all had collecting, sifting and sorting through those old pictures! Her wit, wisdom and drive left you in awe – such a passionate advocate for social justice and always doing ‘the right thing’. I… Read more »

Brian M Harris & Cheryl Harris
Brian M Harris & Cheryl Harris

We were sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. We have many fond memories of her during our time in Chipman.
John, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.We regret we cannot attend the service on Tuesday.

Brian & Cheryl

Della and Ken Boyd
Della and Ken Boyd

Anyone who ever had Edith Mills as a teacher, will never forget her. I am sure she never forgot one of her students. I hadn’t seen Edith for several years when we met at the United Church supper this past summer. She immediately knew the older version of me. We had a great conversation. It seemed she was ageless, full of knowledge and wisdom. Chipman has lost a wonderful citizen and friend to all. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to John and all the family. Della (Brown)

Mary Anne LeBlanc & Pam Coates
Mary Anne LeBlanc & Pam Coates

George & Linda and family: We are sorry for your loss. Although we never met your aunt, we know from the love for her you have often spoken of so often, that she will be missed and will be forever in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Love, Mary Anne & Pam.

Philip Howland
Philip Howland

My sincere sympathy to John and the members of Edith’s family, I first met Edith when I came to teach at CJSH in 1973. Edith was the exemplary model and mentor that every beginning teacher needs. Edith was always kindly willing to help, constantly open to listen and learn, sincerely thoughtful to advise, candidly truthful to evaluate and sincerely generous to praise. Her insights into education, her dedication to fairness, and her genuine concern for her profession, her students, her school and her community made, and make, her an individual to admire and emulate. Much was, and is, to be… Read more »

Irene H Glenn
Irene H Glenn

Condolences from a former teaching colleague of 67 years ago. Edith has left a lasting legacy.

Lawrence and Carol Boyd
Lawrence and Carol Boyd

We will all greatly miss Edith, who taught us both and we held great respect for her. She was a great teacher and a mentor to many. She will be greatly missed on the many boards she sat on in our Village, sharing her wisdom and life experiences with all of us. Our thoughts and condolences to John and the family.

Barb & John Mills
Barb & John Mills

John, we sure were sorry to read of Edith’s passing. We enjoyed so many good times with you both at Square and Round Dancing and at your lakeshore cottage.
George, Mary, Anne, Rob…. you all extended a real welcome to us when we visited with John and Edith.
Mary, we miss you at St Paul’s.
We would like to come up to the funeral, except we have a previous commitment.
Barb and John Mills (not the original)

Muriel ( Doherty ) Marr
Muriel ( Doherty ) Marr

My sincere sympathy goes out to John and all the Mills family. Edith ( or Mrs. Mills as she always was to me ) will certainly be missed by so many. She certainly touched the lives of members of our family over the years and was such a good friend to my Mom and Dad ( Lillian and Everett Doherty ) at Chipman United. I was not a gifted history student and needed extra help. She tutored me and helped me pass my history exam to get into nursing, which was my career for almost 40 years. She certainly took… Read more »

Martha Crawford (Hargrove)
Martha Crawford (Hargrove)

Mrs. Mills was truly a wonderful teacher and I remember the time when my mother was in hospital for months and she helped me to catch up with my homework. I would go to her room after school and we would work until almost five so I could leave and catch a drive home with someone from the mill. She made history come alive and made you feel that you were right there. She was forever giving and wanted only the best for her students. My brothers had her as a teacher at the old Stevenson Road school and in… Read more »

Sarah (Palmer) Stocker
Sarah (Palmer) Stocker

John and family,

Please know that I’m thinking of you and remember
many happy visits with you and Edith when I was growing up
in Mum’s (Doris Palmer) or Grandpa Fred and
Grandma Zella Sherwood’s home.
I wish you the comfort of your family nearby and of
your memories of wonderful years together.

Connie & Dave Beaven
Connie & Dave Beaven

Please accept our most sincerest and deepest sympathies, on your loss of Edith. She was truly an inspirational person, giving so freely of her time to many organizations. Her advice and wisdom were very much appreciated and helpful, on so many occasions. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and came to know her.
Connie & Dave

Reg Hartt
Reg Hartt

A poem by Rumi Rumi Your old grandmother says, “Maybe you shouldn’t go to school. You look a little pale.” Run when you hear that. A father’s stern slaps are better. Your bodily soul wants comforting. The severe father wants spiritual clarity. He scolds, but eventually leads you into the open. Pray for a tough instructor to hear and act and stay within you. We have been busy accumulating solace. Make us ashamed of how we were. Robert Bly This poem by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi was put into English by the contemporary American poet Robert Bly. Edith… Read more »