Ruth Eleanor Mills, age 83, of Waverly, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at The Lodge in Howard Lake.
She was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Scotch Grove, IA, the daughter of Paul H. and Katherine (Himebaugh) Paulsen.
Ruth graduated from high school in 1953, in Monticello, IA.
She was joined in holy marriage to Glenn M. Mills April 7, 1957, at Scotch Grove, IA. God blessed their marriage with six children.
The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids, IA before moving to Waverly, where they owned and operated The Lakeshore Motel on Waverly Lake for 47 years.
In the more recent years, Ruth and Glenn enjoyed their winters in Texas. Glenn preceded his wife in death Sept. 29, 2008.
Through the years, Ruth was involved with PTL, Cub Scouts, gardening, flowers, crafting, and fishing. She enjoyed visiting with lots of people, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also very fond of Christmas time.
Ruth is survived by her children: Randy (Becky) Mills of Waverly, Ron Mills of Winsted, Janet (David) Whelan of Pasadena, TX, Judy Engel of Norfolk, VA, and Jenny (Jason) Helmbrecht of Howard Lake; 12 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathleen Decker of Monticello, IA; a brother- in-law, Dennis (Donna) Mills of Tama, IA; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Paulsen of Monticello, IA; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Sue Mills; her parents, Paul H. and Katherine Paulsen; father-in-law and mother-in-law Robert and Christena Mills; siblings Paul E. Paulsen, and Ralph (Joyce) Paulsen; and by a brother-in-law, Clifford Decker.
A memorial service took place Friday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating. There was visitation at the church from noon to 2 p.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted; online condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.