Helen Margaret Mills
September 21, 1929 – October 16, 2014
Helen Margaret Mills, age 85, departed this life at Seasons Hospice surrounded by her family, on October 16, 2014.
Helen was born in Ambler, Pennsylvania to Catherine Eva (Connelly) and William John McCans on September 21, 1929. She lived and went to school in Ambler until she married the love of her life, Preston Mills on January 20, 1951. They moved to Newark, Delaware where Helen remained for her life. Helen and Preston raised three daughters and created a foundation of love upon which an incredibly close-knit family was built and continues to grow.
Helen worked at Crown Zellerbach from 1972 until she retired in 1991. After retirement, she volunteered her time with the Mended Hearts, where she counseled families of heart surgery patients for 23 years. She was a comfort to many within that role.
Helen’s greatest joy was her family. She was incredibly proud of and close to her daughters. She often said that she would not know what she would do without them. Helen was the matriarch of the family and imparted her principles of faith and family above all else. Traditions were important to her and holidays at her house were magical and warm. Anyone ever invited into her home was treated like family.
Helen loved the Phillies, the Eagles, and Navy football. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. She was always the loudest fan at any event, yelling to the players, always positive and encouraging.
Helen was active in her church, Holy Family, for years. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing cards, spending time with her family and friends. She loved social gatherings and never turned down an invitation to a celebration.
Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her brothers, Martin McCans and William McCans and her grandson, Michael Duncan. She is survived by her brother, Charles McCans; sister, Kathleen Comerer; daughters, Susan Duncan and her husband Daniel, Eve Adams and her husband Joe and Marsha Mills and her partner James McLaughlin; grandchildren, Steven Duncan, Joshua Adams, Tiffany Anders and her husband Justin; and great grandchildren, Katelyn, Kylee, Abrielle, Alexis, Jaydan, Julian and Kendall.
The family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Reynold Agard, M.D. and his staff, and the staff of Season’s Hospice. We thank you for your service and compassion.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:45 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mended Hearts Chapter 198, c/o David Kirkley, 1 Lovell Court, Elkton, MD 21921.