MILLWOOD — Betty J. (Mavis) Mills, 85, of Millwood, Ohio, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

She was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Howard, to Frank and Laura Mavis. She married James O. Mills on Oct. 17, 1948. She was employed as a well-known cook by Spearman’s Restaurant for 20 years. She was a member of the Rake & Hoe Garden Club of Howard. Betty enjoyed Ohio State Football, NASCAR and playing Bingo. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had lifelong friendships with several childhood friends, and was well liked by many in her community. She was always willing to help others and so frequently provided a listening ear that her phone line would ring busy all day. She expressed her love for her family and friends through home cooked meals. All were welcome at “Grandma Betty’s” kitchen table prompting anyone who knew her to have fond memories of the delicious food she served.

She is survived by her seven children, Richard (Sheryl) Mills of Port St. Lucia, Fla., Sandra Mills of Millwood, James (Laura) Mills of Walhonding, Joann Knight of New Albany, Doris (Clarence) Griffith of Howard, Janet (John) Weekley of Mount Vernon, Neil (Sandy) Mills of Millwood; 10 grandchildren, Michelle (Bobby) Liverman, Krystle (Shawn) Kirkpatrick, Alex Tompkins, Kelly Knight, Rusty Knight, Travis (Afton) Griffith, Traci (nee Griffith) Stiltner, Madisyn Weekley, James Mills, Cody Mills; six great-grandchildren, Taylor Liverman, Carter Liverman, Kendall Griffith, Morgan Griffith, Makenzie Stiltner, Lila Stiltner; and a host of many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her sisters, Lula Finn and Edith Stewart; her brothers, Robert (Evelyn) Mavis and Donald (Martina) Mavis; and her mother and father-in law, Willard and Doris Stull.

Friends may call Friday, from 5-8 p.m., at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be held Saturday, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Ben McKinstry and Evangelist Dave Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery.

Memorial Donations can be made to the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District.

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