Mills – It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret "Margie" Mills, beloved mother of Heather and Laurie and devoted wife of 51 years to James "Jim" Mills. She passed away peacefully, and surrounded by love, on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the age of 73. She had endured a challenging battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Margie was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia to Annie and Stanley Andrews. She was predeceased by two brothers Stanley and David.
She and Jim met at the
age of 15 and never looked back! After marrying in 1971,
Jim’s service with the RCMP took them to posts in Harbour
Grace, Newfoundland, Cape Breton, NS, Truro, NS, then finally retiring
in Summerside, PEI. Many lifelong friends were made along
the way. Those friendships were of the lasting kind, often
the subject of Christmas cards, visits, and phone calls.
When Alzheimer's disease took its toll on Margie’s
mind in just a few short years, and she faced immense challenges in
her daily life. Through it all, Jim remained steadfast, providing
unwavering love and support in the face of each of the many
When the girls were finishing school, Margie returned to work and worked many years in accounting and bookkeeping which she enjoyed very much, being able to put her impressive organizational skills to work! Even as her memories began to fade, she could still keep the books organized!
Recent years were spent with Jim and their cherished grandchildren Lucie, Harper, and Wilson. In addition, Margie loved her fur children especially her cat Chloe who will miss her immensely. She also leaves to mourn several "fur grandchildren". They each have several names, depending on the day, and it would be unreasonable to list those all here. Animals were always a consistent comfort in the face of Margie’s illness. Even as Alzheimer's robbed her of her cognitive abilities, their unconditional love and companionship provided her with a sense of stability and joy amidst the turmoil. Special thanks to a little kitty named Mabel who helped see her through her last days.
We will remember Margie/Ma/Nan for her unaffected ability to have a good laugh right to her last days, her love for her family, and her resilience in the face of Alzheimer's disease. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the staff of the Margaret Stewart Ellis Home in O’Leary, PEI. Their special brand of care and attention to both our mother and our family went above and beyond and showed us that mom could still form a "giggly" and supportive friendship in the face of this disease. As a lifelong walker, we are comforted knowing she is continuing to walk the miles with new and old walking buddies.
Resting at Moase Funeral Home, Summerside. Visiting hours Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of PEI can be made in Margie’s name to be used for continued education and support for those who care for people affected by this disease.