Joyce Ileen Mills


March 20, 1931 - April 24, 2014


Joyce Ileen Mills was born March 20, 1931 to Ingvald and Virginia (Bray) Olson at Mitchell, SD.  She grew up in Artesian, graduating from Artesian High School in 1949 and from Methodist State Hospital School of Nursing in 1952.  On June 26, 1955 she married Harry F. Mills at Artesian, SD.  She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell for one year and at Worthington Community Hospital in Worthington, MN for a year. She was employed at Weld County Hospital in Greeley, CO for 15 years. In 1968 she returned to South Dakota where she was at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell for 19 years before retiring in 1987.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Artesian.

She is survived by one son, Gary (Pamela) Mills of Apple Valley, MN; one daughter, Virginia (Floyd) Murphy of Anchorage, AK; one sister, Dolores Kelsey of Mitchell, SD; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry in 2000 and her parents.


Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 2:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, April 28, 2014
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
Artesian, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Pr. Tom Beers on May 14, 2014
I have wonderful memories of my time at First Lutheran in Artesian and ministering to Joyce and Harry. I never did get the art of lefsa no matter how hard Joyce tried to teach me.
Posted by Ramona Strand Hirsch on April 28, 2014
I am so sorry!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!! Mrs. Mills, as I remember her as, was my supervisor at the Methodist Hospital when I was a nurse's aide (when there was still such a job position) back in the late 70's. She was so kind but firm when she had to be with this young new aide. I admired her so much. She will be greatly missed!!
Posted by Arlene Scott Moore on April 28, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Joyce and her sister when we were little girls walking the streets in Artesian with our mothers on a Saturday night. My prayers are with you. Arlene AHS 1942, MSH-1946.
Posted by Harlyn & Audrey Threadgold on April 27, 2014
We are so sorry to hear about Joyce, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Harlyn remembers singing for her wedding and have felt close to her ever since. She was a dear person.
Posted by Alice Arhart Olson on April 27, 2014
My deepest sympathy. Joyce and I were classmates in Nurses Training. I was to see her about 3 weeks ago.l She was a lovely gal.
Posted by Pamela Flewwellin on April 27, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Lila Shay on April 26, 2014
My sympathy and prayers to Joyce's family - met her many years ago in Worthington, and was very good friends of her parents.
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