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Leona Mills


Leona M. Mills, age 88, of Cambridge, MD, died Monday night, April 5, 2010 at Dorchester General Hospital after a short stay at Chesapeake Woods Center in Cambridge.

Born on July 17, 1921 in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Luke H. Messick, Sr. and the late Marguerite Hurley Messick. She was a graduate of Cambridge High School.

On September 20, 1942 she married Galen W. Mills. He died on October 27, 2000. Mr. Mills was a boat builder craftsman and founded Mills Marine Railway.

In 1950 she worked in the bookkeeping department of Peoples Savings and Loan and retired in 1983 from Signet Bank.

Mrs. Mills was a member of the Beckwith United Methodist Church. She served with the United Methodist Women and had been a faithful Sunday School teacher.

Mrs. Mills was a member of the Neck District Volunteer Fire Dept. and a lifetime member of the Cambridge VFW Post 7460.

“Aunt Onie”, as she was affectionately known by her family, loved hosting many Messick Family Re-Unions and Easter Egg Hunts. Ceramics were her favorite craft and she always made sure her family had ceramic mementos. She also enjoyed bus trips and traveling in general.

Surviving is a sister-in-law Doris C. Messick of Cambridge, MD; nieces and nephews Herbert H. Messick and his wife Deena of Cambridge, MD, Gale M. Thomas and her husband Ron of Quantico, MD, Sue Harper of Cambridge, MD, Luann Jackson and her husband Tony of Hurlock, MD; ten great-nieces and nephews; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were two brothers Perry H. Messick and Luke H. Messick, Jr. and a sister-in-law Betty T. Messick.


The family will receive friends Thursday evening, April 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9th at the funeral home with The Rev. Pam Bockart, Pastor of the Choptank Charge officiating. Burial will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in Leona's memory to the Neck District Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Ambulance Fund, 954 Cooks Point Rd. Cambridge, MD 21613
Leona M. Mills, age 88, of Cambridge, MD, died Monday night, April 5, 2010 at Dorchester General Hospital after a short stay at Chesapeake Woods Center in Cambridge.

Born on July 17, 1921 in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Luke H. Messick, Sr. and the late Marguerite Hurley Messick. She was a graduate of Cambridge High School.

On September 20, 1942 she married Galen W. Mills. He died on October 27, 2000. Mr. Mills was a boat builder craftsman and founded Mills Marine Railway.

In 1950 she worked in the bookkeeping department of Peoples Savings and Loan and retired in 1983 from Signet Bank.

Mrs. Mills was a member of the Beckwith United Methodist Church. She served with the United Methodist Women and had been a faithful Sunday School teacher.

Mrs. Mills was a member of the Neck District Volunteer Fire Dept. and a lifetime member of the Cambridge VFW Post 7460.

“Aunt Onie”, as she was affectionately known by her family, loved hosting many Messick Family Re-Unions and Easter Egg Hunts. Ceramics were her favorite craft and she always made sure her family had ceramic mementos. She also enjoyed bus trips and traveling in general.

Surviving is a sister-in-law Doris C. Messick of Cambridge, MD; nieces and nephews Herbert H. Messick and his wife Deena of Cambridge, MD, Gale M. Thomas and her Ron of Quantico, MD, Sue Harper of Cambridge, MD, Luann Jackson and her husband Tony of Hurlock, MD; ten great-nieces and nephews; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were two brothers Perry H. Messick and Luke H. Messick, Jr. and a sister-in-law Betty T. Messick.


The family will receive friends Thursday evening, April 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9th at the funeral home with The Rev. Pam Bockart, Pastor of the Choptank Charge officiating. Burial will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Russum, Gary James, Carl Messick, Wes Harper, Jeffrey Thomas, and Chris Harper.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in Leona's memory to the Neck District Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Ambulance Fund, 954 Cooks Point Rd. Cambridge, MD 21613

To view and sign the online guestbook please visit www.curran-bromwell.com

Visitation

6:00 - 8:00 PM ,Thursday, April 8, 2010
Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home
308 High St. Cambridge, MD 21613

Funeral Service

1:00 PM ,Friday, April 9, 2010
Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home
308 High St. Cambridge, MD 21613

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Guestbook

Leona was a very special person to my father, Bob. She was a very sweet woman and I am glad to have known her.

Erica Arnesen Roane Apr 13 2010 12:00 AM

The last time I spoke to Leona she was telling me about the daily calls she and her friends would make to check on each other. As she explained, I was struck by the strong sense of love and community that followed her through her life. She and Galen extended that love to our family beginning nearly 5 decades ago. The Arnesens rented a house next door and my oldest brother, Bob, became their "adopted" son. When my father needed to move back to Phila. for business, Bob lived with the Mills for the second half of 6th grade. What a very special dimension they added to Bob's life and to our entire family. I can still hear the love in Leona's voice as she would call my 6 ft. 4 in., middle-aged brother "Bobby"! She will surely be missed.

Laura Arnesen Apr 10 2010 12:00 AM

Please share my Thoughts about Leona - April 9, 2010 Posted: April 9, 2010 | Last Revised: April 9, 2010 Leona was a dear friend of mine; she was really my second Mother. I lived next door to Leona and Galen as a 4th and 5th grader. I lived with them for six months (while my Father went into business for himself in Philadelphia), while I finished the sixth grade at Hudson school. I am a very lucky man! I was able to see Leona almost every summer for years after that, attended Messick reunions, watched her make 500 plus crab cakes many times for these reunions. I have met all her family and you know she had lots and lots of cousins!!! I was blessed to have her and Galen as friends for the last 50 years. She attended my high school graduation, my College graduation and our wedding 36 years ago. My wife, daughter and son have met her and have had the opportunity to have known Leona. I was even able to visit with her on a Sunday afternoon this past February. Little did I know it would be our last visit? I am unable to attend her services today, but I can hear in her in a soft Cambridge accent with a sharp shrill saying: "Bobby don't worry! You should attend your Grandson's Baptism! Bobby don't even give it a second thought!" I will always remember Galen and Leona; I am a very lucky man to have shared so much of their life. Every time I hear or see a Crab Cake or an oyster fritter, I will think of Leona. Thank you for letting me share some of my memories. I am very lucky to have had her and Galen as friends in my life. I will truly miss you... ... Leona! Sincerely Bob

Life Story Apr 9 2010 12:00 AM

Leona was a dear friend of mine; she was really my second Mother. I will truly miss you......Leona! Bob Arnesen and Family

Bob Arnesen Apr 8 2010 12:00 AM

Leona, you will live on in all those whose lives you touched. We'll all think of you whenever we eat a crab cake, too! May you and your family be at peace knowing yours was a life well lived.

Kristy Arnesen Pullen Apr 8 2010 12:00 AM

Onie, You were a wonderful Godmother to me !I will cherish all the memories that we shared ! love you, sharon

Sharon Cropper Apr 8 2010 12:00 AM

Aunt "Onie" will be missed very much. She was the patriarch of the Messick family....... Love Ron and Gale

Ron Thomas Apr 7 2010 12:00 AM