LaVanda M. Gale Mills

August 24, 1924November 13, 2012

LaVanda Marie Mills was born August 24, 1924, in Olney, OK, to parents George & Nada (Livingston) Gale and went to her heavenly home November 13, 2012. She enjoyed cooking, bingo, and Remington Park. Her entire life was devoted to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 67 years, Everett R. Mills; daughter, Barbara Gragg; and siblings: James Gale, Bud Gale, and Margie Moody. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Vanderstouwe and Jamie Davis & husband Allen; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Faye Ivey; and many other family members and friends.

Viewing will be at Memorial Park, Thursday, 1pm-8pm. Funeral services will be 10am, Friday, November 16, at Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.


  • Viewing Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2012

LaVanda M. Gale Mills

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Lisa Cable

November 16, 2012

Grandma Ban
Oh the memories of you still pierce my mind.
The memory of your cradling me in your arms as a small child with my head laying against your chest, the soothing vibration of your humming voice and the tickle of your nibbling on my ear, Oh how special you made me feel!
The memory of the smell of pancakes cooking in the morning after spending the night--the way you chilled our breakfast juice glass that made everything just right.
The memory of the way you made Christmas so special when my parents could barely afford to buy for us--You would faithfully deliver a giant box full of goodies which would fill our hearts with immeasurable excitement and memories so joyous.
The memory of holiday dinners that will never be forgotten—the late night and early morning hours spent preparing the meals with tender loving care in anticipation of the blessing of your family visiting, even if just for the day--The holiday desserts that no one else could do, like divinity and caramel marlow, delivered especially by you.
The memory of your abounding love for my children. There was no doubt you adored my son—you would visit weekly just to give him big kisses and hugs. I have to say I never knew anyone to bring a child a monthly birthday gift for the first 3 three years of their life, but you did—you could not resist. You and my daughter had a special bond. I won’t forget the last days of your life when you told her she was your best friend; how your eyes lit up and you smiled and laughed when she stood by your bed entertaining you; how she would gently place your hand in hers and sit by your bed for hours just comforting and loving on you.
The memory of your commitment to be there for your family when there was a need, and never complaining, only supporting and providing with a Christ-like heart. You were the”solid rock”that never broke down; the one I always depended on, always faithful to be there, especially when the world seemed uncertain and I wasn’t sure who cared.
It was difficult for me to watch you struggle and your health decline at the end of your life--But it was easy to return the love and care to you that you gave to me willingly so many times.
I told you if there was a way I could heal you and make your body youthful again, I would--But, it seems God was ready to take you home, to the place He prepared for you in His Heavenly realm.
I am so grateful the Lord allowed me time with you to share memories and tell you”I Love You” and “I Thank You” for all you did.
I will always remember the feel of your beautiful soft skin touching my face when you kissed me, your sweet smell, your gentle touch and especially your undying love for me.
I am looking forward to the day when we are together for eternity and I can hug and kiss you again.
With all my love, Lisa


November 16, 2012

Ban we will miss you.

Dick and Carlotta Goodman

November 15, 2012

Dear Lisa and family,

Remember that your loss is shared by many who love you
and care. We are praying that You, your Mother and your Sisters and Brother will have the peace that only comes from our Heavenly Father.

Love to each of you,
Dick and Carlotta Goodman