Went to join the company of her Lord & Savior after a life of service and dedication to her husband of 65 years, George “Bud” Mills, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family and friends following an automobile accident on Saturday, June 15, 2013.  She was born October 25, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan to Thomas and Amy Hughes, orphaned at three years old and adopted by an Aunt and Uncle, Pearl and Otto Border.

She is survived by her sons: Michael L. (Marsha) of Port Huron, Douglas C. (Kristen) of Alexandria, VA and daughter Cindy Jo (Raymond) Rubio of Grand Ledge.  Seven grandchildren: Melissa C. MacQueen-Smith of Okemos, Lindsey (Victor) of Tempe, AZ; Kirsten Mills, Lacey Jo Horner (Matthew), Briana D. Burk (Tommy) of Leesburg, VA; Selena Rae Rubio (Justin Bliesener) and Cody Raymond Rubio of Grand Ledge. And five great-grandchildren: Ian James MacQueen, Meredith Katharine Smith, Isabel Sophia Rubio-Edgar, Henrik Jackson Hamburger, and Chase Matthew Horner.

Joann graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in 1947. She was widely renowned for her culinary skills particularly for her desserts.  The pinnacle of her volunteer work was the 20-plus years as Manager of the Sparrow Hospital Gift Shop.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2021 N. Aurelius Rd., Holt, MI. Her ashes will be committed in the Memorial Gardens Columbarium at the church designed by her husband.  Visitation is Wednesday, June 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and from Noon to 1:00 on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Holt’s Memorial Garden.

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    Betty Steen Says:

    I worked with your Mom at Sparrow in the gift shop where I admired her dedication and hard work. She was a wonderful person. My husband knew Bud through the Lansing Exchange Club, and we went with your folks for a weekend spent at Grand Hotel for officers of the club. They were great people. Betty Steen

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    Brian Parr Says:

    Doug and Mike,
    I just learned of your mother’s passing and want to express my deepest sympathies to you and all your family. Knowing the kind of good sons you are is testament to the kind of mother and woman she must have been. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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