MILLS, Shirley Gene

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our mother Shirley Gene Mills on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Kenneth in 2018. Left to cherish their memories of her are her children Derek (Susan), Shane (Terri) and Jacinda (Robert). She leaves behind her sister Patricia (late John), grandchildren Shaun (Brittany), Cassidy (Monique), Shaelin (Thomas), Jakob, Chayse, Benjamin, great-grandson Declan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. With them, she shared her love of Lake Superior and the beautiful Wawa area. They learned to love the outdoors and enjoyed her youthful, adventurous spirit. Shirley had close connections with numerous nieces and nephews. Many found her to be a trusted friend and confidant over the years.

Shirley’s passion for the outdoors was evident to all who knew her. Her hiking and paddling friends all helped keep her young in mind, body, and spirit. She was a familiar sight snowshoeing and hiking the local trails with a trusted dog by her side. We will all miss her enthusiastic zest for life.

As per her wishes, Shirley will be cremated and a celebration of life will be planned for a later time.

The family would like to thank Dr. Oberai, the nurses and the staff at Lady Dunn Hospital for the compassionate and kind care they gave to Shirley during her short stay.

Memorial donations made to the Lady Dunn Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to the Kerry Funeral Home Ltd., Wawa.

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  1. Dave and Tracy Blackmore

    Our condolences go out to Shirley’s family, Shirley was a wonderful woman who will be missed by all who knew her.

  2. My sincere condolences to this amazing lady’s family. I treasured the time we walked to Driftwood beach and shared some stories…I looked at Shirley and told her I wanted to be just like her when I got to her age. I will miss you Shirley but I know that many are welcoming you to a beautiful paradise –

  3. I’m sad to hear of the passing of Shirley. She was such a vibrant and interesting woman and her independence and love of nature inspired us as kids.
    My condolences to Spike and Derek and Jacinda and their families. May her memory be a blessing to all.
    Take care,
    Charles Shamess

  4. My condolences to Derek, Spike, Jacinda & your families. Your mom was a beautiful lady. She will be missed.

  5. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Bernie,Lori Erechook

    Our sympathies go out to the Mills family. Shirley was special in so many ways, friend, mother and awesome grandmother. Rest now.

  7. My condolences to her family. She was an inspiring neighbor
    Poor Cedar.

  8. Elaine Greenwood

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you Jacinda.

  9. Aunt Shirley was a feisty one and will surely be missed. I always enjoyed my trips “across the street” to visit her and uncle Ken during my visits home, and thrived on the heavy discussions we had with our opposite points of view. She always valued others opinions and gave them the opportunity to speak. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to tell her stories about kayak trips up the lake and walks on the beach at the fort with the dog, and we enjoyed listening. Shirley was special, and I will miss her.