Evelyn J. Ingolfsland Mills

January 23, 1934July 14, 2014
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Evelyn J. Mills, 80, of Vancouver passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at Glenwood Place Senior Living. She was born January 23, 1934 in Des Lacs, North Dakota to Ingvald and Esther Ingolfsland.

Evelyn grew up in Des Lacs, North Dakota and graduated high school from Dakota Lutheran Academy and then graduated from Minot Business College. In 1954 she married Marlyn Holte and in 1956 they moved to the Vancouver area, Marlyn died in 1977. Evelyn worked in the regional offices for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years, retiring as an office supervisor in 1987.

Evelyn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was a very active member of the Sons of Norway Lodge holding many offices over the years including Lodge President. She enjoyed quilting, oil painting, cross-stitch, reading (especially historical fiction) and genealogy. She spent many years researching her family history and was able to make two trips to Norway which resulted in finding her family farm and then meeting relatives for the first time who she continued to keep in contact with.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robert Mills; daughter, Mary (Rich) Olmstead; step-children, Tom (Shirley) Mills, Chester (Betty) Mills, Teresa (Richard) Diedrich, Bill Mills and Robert (Sharon Brown) Mills, Jr.; grandchildren, Sam, Ryan, Cory, Tom Jr. and Eric; and 2 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her step-son, Lawrence Mills and first husband, Marlyn Holte.

A memorial service for Evelyn will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th St., Vancouver.

Memorial donations may be made to The Sons of Norway Lodge:


  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Ted Anderson

August 7, 2014

Evelyn always greeted me on pancake Sunday day with a smile
and a warm greeting - much appreciated.

Lois Swarthout

August 7, 2014

Evelyn was a good friend of mine for 50 plus years.We had not seen to much of each other in the past few years,but we did have pphone conversations and we seen her at the Sons of Norway until a couple of years ago.We used to have some very good times way back when.on the weekends we would have card games and it would be so much fun.I miss the good old days and the fun.She will be missed as she was such a good friend.I used to baby sit with Mary when she was a baby,so we got to see a lot of Evelyn.They were kind of like extended family.

Rest in peace.

Shirley Thorkildson

August 7, 2014

Evelyn was one of the nicest ladies I had the pleasure of meeting. I loved working with her at the lodge. So kind and nice to everyone. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed

Shirley Mills

August 7, 2014

I first met Evelyn when I was dating her step son Tom. We became very close having talks about our historical fiction books and North Dakota where we were both born. Evelyn was a very gracious hostess and she and Robert made me feel very welcome to their home. Evelyn always entertained during every special holiday and the family always enjoyed being at their home. Tom and I will miss her always and love her forever.

Karren Tandberg

August 7, 2014

Evelyn added a happy, gentle spirit to each Sons of Norway Lodge event. She gave so much, to the benefit of many. Your shoes cannot be filled, Evelyn. We miss you dearly.

Betty Mills

August 7, 2014

I'll never forget my first Christmas with Evelyn. She was sure that I felt comfortable and part of the family. She even had a gift for me to open. I was quite surprised, and she said to me "Why wouldn't you have a gift." That was my first get together at their home, with many more to follow. I have such fond memories of Evelyn, her kindness & warm smile. She was such a lovely lady, and enjoyed having a good time & a nice glass of wine. I will miss her and always remember her generousity, and warm heart!

Samuel Mills

August 1, 2014

Grandma Evelyn instantly became "grandma" when she officially joined the Mills family. She was quintessential to our grandpa as a loving wife. I'll be forever thankful for her loving all of us grandchildren like her own. My fondest memories of grandma Evelyn will be how obviously warm and happy she was to have a home full of family and friends during the holidays. You will be missed and loved always grandma! Will miss your Christmas krumkake too!


July 31, 2014

Evelyn was always cheery and capable - always-.
I have missed seeing her and will miss her pleasant personality. And I just wish I had known how artistic she was.


July 31, 2014

Dear Evelyn,
Thank you for the wonderful life and memories. I will miss you
-Your loving husband

Shirley & Tom

July 31, 2014

We will miss and love you always. You were a special mother to us all.