Alice Duley Mills, 99, of Frederick, MD, formerly of Poolesville, MD, died on March 10, 2017.
She was the wife of the late Douglas E. Mills who died on June 23, 1980.
Born on May 30, 1917, in Travilah, MD, she was the daughter of the late John and Lula Bell (Bennett) Duley.
Born and raised in Travilah, Alice attended Richard Montgomery High School and worked in a country store in Travilah after school and on Saturdays. When she was 16, she met her future husband Doug Mills on a blind date. Five years later, in 1938, they were married. Just before WWII, Alice and Doug had their “precious jewel”, daughter Patricia.
During the war, while Doug was in the Army stationed in Europe, Alice worked as a supervisor at the Defense Plant in Silver Spring, MD. While there, she was selected to represent the Defense Plant at Aberdeen Proving Grounds as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.
After the war, Alice and Doug built their home in Rockville, MD. Alice then began a 22 year career as a receptionist and assistant for the medical firm of Doctors William Murphy, William Hall and Stephen Cromwell. During this time, she also worked as a hostess for the Robert Pumphrey and Tyson Wheeler Funeral Homes in Rockville.
Throughout her life, Alice was an active member of the Travilah Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher for 45 years and several times as principal of the church’s Vacation Bible School. Alice was a member of the Intercessory Prayer Group established by best-selling author Catherine Marshall, wife of US Senate Chaplin Dr. Peter Marshall.
She was a charter and honorary lifetime member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. During her service, she served as Chaplin of the Maryland Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an active member of the Pythian Sisters of Maryland.
After the death of her husband in 1980, Alice lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Poolesville. She later transferred her church membership to Poolesville Baptist Church and served there on numerous committees.
She generously gave of her time visiting family and friends who were ill, hospitalized or in nursing homes. This became her personal outreach ministry and one she pursued passionately for as long as her health allowed.
Surviving is her daughter Patricia E. Watkins and husband Lawrence, 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Alice was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Norman Duley and four sisters, Thelma Hanson, Catherine Nicholson, Dorothy Nicewarner and Edna Trail.
Alice was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday March 17 from 5-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Saturday March 18 at 10 AM.
Interment will follow in Forest Oak Cemetery, Gaithersburg, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Alice’s name to the Travilah Baptist Church (travilahbaptistchurch.com) or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).