Myrtle Marie Mills

Myrtle Marie Tindley Mills, 84, departed this life on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Born on March 10, 1929, Myrtle was one of thirteen born to the late Arthur and Sallie Tindley.

Myrtle was educated in the public schools of Worcester County, where she graduated from Worcester High School in Newark, Maryland.  She was employed in various places, including Chesapeake Plywood, Inc. in Pocomoke, Maryland. During her twenty-three year tenure at Chesapeake Plywood, Inc., Myrtle was selected “Woman of the Year” for 1981. Two years later, she retired to pursue the desires of her heart and enjoy the fruits of her labor.

Myrtle received Christ at an early age.  She became an active member in her home church, Williams AME Church in Newark, Maryland.  She transferred her membership to Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Pocomoke City, Maryland where she remained a faithful servant until her demise.  Every year, Myrtle would anxiously anticipate returning to her home church on the first Sunday in May to attend Tindley Day, where she would reunite with family and friends.

Married on November 12, 1948 to the late, Wilbert Mills, Sr., their union was blessed with seven children.  Their love for one another and for family is still evident today in the respectful ways in which their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren live their lives.

An active member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Myrtle served faithfully and tirelessly with the Senior Choir, United Methodist Women, Fisherman’s Club, Noon Day Bible Study, Tindley’s Committee, Sunday School and was an avid member of the Historic Committee.  Myrtle was a descendant of the late Reverend Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, who is often referred to as the “Prince of Preachers.” He educated himself, became a minister and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations serving the African-American community on the East coast.

Myrtle was a soft-spoken person who was full of wisdom and inner strength. She lived her life in the way that she encouraged others to live and that was by stepping out on faith.  She faithfully read her Bible and the Upper Room on a daily basis.  Myrtle especially loved the book of Job.

Myrtle’s legacy is her steadfast faith, her unwavering belief in the power of prayer and her sincere words of encouragement.  Her pleasant demeanor, coupled with her fiery spirit, brought a touch to life to all she encountered.

Myrtle’s love for the elderly was not limited to the members of her family, but to so many others who depended on her for guidance and support.  She always gave of herself unselfishly and unrelentingly until her illness hindered her from doing so.  Although inflicted with illness, she remained spiritually powerful and an example to us all by being faithful in the midst of the storm.

Favorite pastimes of Myrtle’s included shopping at Peebles, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and going to Pocomoke High School.  She loved being at the high school for almost any event and everyone knew, loved and respected her. Myrtle also loved to walk early in the mornings as long as her health permitted.

She leaves to cherish her victory:  her children—Patsy (Allie) Purnell of Snow Hill, MD, Peggy (Reverend Alonzo) Schoolfield of Pocomoke, MD, Tyrone (Lawanda) Mills of Hebron, MD, Odessa Mills of Pocomoke City, MD, Myra (Percy) Watts of Salisbury, MD and Lorrie Mills of Owings Mills, MD; her grandchildren—Kevin Purnell, Dawnne (Donald, Jr.) Robinson, Korry (Beverly) Purnell, Kim Purnell, Shawn (Angela) Elbert, Shelita Allen, Blair (Lauren) Mills, Sgt. Brian Mills, Joshua Watts and Jonathan Watts; her great-grandchildren—Dionne Purnell, Trevin Allen, Treona Allen, Deja Robinson, Kayla Purnell, Jordan Elbert, Donald Robinson, III and Jaiden Elbert; her siblings—Viola Hunter of Newark, MD, Clara Collick of Snow Hill, MD, Lula Purnell of Charlotte, NC and Yvonne Adams of Westover, MD; three adopted daughters—Marlene Harmon, Mable Holden-Jones and Kimberly Joynes; one sister-in-law, Lillian Mills and three brothers-in-law—Edward Brown, Reverend Carroll Mills and William Mills and a host of other family members and friends.

In addition to her husband, Wilbert Mills, Sr. and her son, Wilbert “Buddy” Mills, Jr., Myrtle was preceded in death by thirteen siblings:  Jeff Tindley, Elsie Harris, Shirley Tindley, Nellie Brown, Isaac Tindley, Arthur Tindley, Jr., Mildred Purnell, Nathaniel Tindley, John Tindley, Annie DeBerry, Harrison Tindley, James Tindley and John Tindley.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, June, 29, 2013, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church located at 409 Oxford Street in Pocomoke City, where friends may call two hours prior. Pastor Joseph Purnell will be the Eulogist. Friends may also call at the church Friday evening, June 28, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pocomoke, Maryland. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Wilbert J. Mills, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.


13 Responses to “Myrtle Marie Mills”

  • Felicia:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Gary & Ramona Gillespie:

    Myra, Peggy, Tyrone and family, we were so sad to hear about the loss of your mom. Although we didn’t know her personally, she had to be a wonderful woman because her children reflect great character. We are praying for you all.
    Gary & Ramona Gillespie

    • Myra Watts:

      Thank you Gary and Ramona for your condolences. Your kind words will help to sustain us during this difficult time.

      The Mills Family

  • Fayequita Maycock:

    Patsy, Peggy, Tyrone, Odessa, Myra and Lorrie,

    I hope this finds you doing well and holding up over your mother’s death. I know these last few days have been difficult for you as Mrs. Myrtle quietly transitions into her new life without you.

    I think that when God created Mothers as the very special people that they are, that He had your Mom in mind already. I remember the times that she was our babysitter, filling in for Patsy, and how she had such a quiet, gentle spirit. She was truly one of those blessed and good people who are full of so much grace and dignity.

    Our prayers will be for you and your family to find the peace and strength that comes in knowing that Mrs. Myrtle has gone to her eternal rest. We know that words alone can hardly ease the pain but please know that our thoughts are with you on the loss of your Dear Mother.

    God Bless You,
    The Poole Family
    Mortimer, Fayequita, Percell Jr., Jeffrey, CasSandra, Wendell and Derwin

  • Michael & Robin Bowden:

    I am so glad I got a chance to meet and be blessed by a woman of such class and character. Lorrie and family, know that we will continually pray for you all. God blessed you with a wonderful mom. Her season came and went. As a result, your lives are enriched forever. I know it is a tough time, but please remember to rejoice in the Lord for the great things He did in and through your mom. God bless you all.

  • Colette Jackson:

    To the Mills Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your Mom was a wonderful woman and I know that you have only fond memories left behind.

    God Bless you,

    Colette Jackson

  • Tamara & Tracey White:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

    Praying for you all,
    Tamara & Tracey White

  • Melissa Matzner Buchanan:

    Myra and family – I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • To the family my prayers are with you doing this diffult time.Trust in God and he will give you the strength you
    need to get through.

  • Downing family:

    To the Mills Family…..Our prayers are with you as you go through this difficult period. Miss Myrtle was a very “rare jewel”.
    If you knew her, you loved her! There are not many people left that possessed the caring, loving and just plain “sweetheart” characteristics as your mother. She left a legacy that will long be remembered by many. So celebrate!
    I know that you have many wonderful memories to hold onto. Laugh, smile and cry, but know that “joy will come in the morning.”. There are going to be some tough nights but we KNOW GOD will give you the strength to pull through.

    Lorrie, my friend, “since the sandbox”, we have been together through the loss of siblings, parents and classmates, yet we still stand strong. Know that I am only a phone call away!

    GOD bless you and your family will remain in our prayers.

    The Downing family,

    Delores, Beverly(Albert), Valerie(Van) and Dominique

  • Jeanie Mason:

    Tho the clouds may hang over there will be a brighter day in the land they call Heaven God will wipe all tears away. My prayers are with you all.

    Jeanie Cropper-Mason

  • Liz and John Costello:

    To the Mills family,

    We were so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a lovely and gentle lady.
    The Costello Family

  • Gloria Bernese Salisbury:

    To the Mills family,
    We have been together for our entire lives.. Your mom IS the sweetest, most beautiful, loving, kind person and God blessed us with her love for so long. Know that the days will get better, but this road is long. I know you will be just fine. Think of how happy Buddy, Dad and my mother Myrtle are to welcome her out of the hardships of this world. She was an angel on earth and will be our special angel forever. Know that you are so loved and Peggy, I appreciate our last hug and talk and your beautiful smile.. I can’t get there to be with you in person. Know that you are in my heart..
    Please contact me.

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