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Patricia Fortune Mills

February 24, 1934 October 18, 2018
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Patricia Fortune Mills
February 24, 1934-October 18, 2018
Middletown, NY

Patricia Fortune Mills passed away on October 18, having spent the last days of her life surrounded by Family and Friends. She was 84.

She was born on February 24, 1934 in Lake Placid, N.Y. to Eleanor and Frederick Fortune. Her mother passed soon after her birth and her father passed when she was 15 and she went to live with her beloved Aunt Rose and Uncle Chick. She grew up riding horses with her Father and sisters Eleanor, Kathryn and Elizabeth and her brothers Fred, Jr. and George. She was an avid skier until she suffered a broken back in an airplane accident.

She is predeceased by her husband of 54 years Howard D. Mills, Jr. and by her beloved Son-in-Law Thomas Miller. “Pat” started her career as a social studies teacher in the East Ramapo School District but became a full-time Mom while her three children were growing up and she also worked with her husband Howard doing the books for their company, Mills Heights, Inc. and earned her realtors license and operated Millsburgh Realty. Pat returned to teaching in the Pine Bush School District at the Pakanasink Elementary School while she was earning a Masters of Library Science Degree from C.W. Post and she then became the Librarian at the George Baker High School in Tuxedo, N.Y. Pat served as a Deacon at the Scotchtown Presbyterian Church and was a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews and was considered a second Mom to many of her children’s friends. She traveled the world, loved her many Great Danes, Poodles and Cats and was always happy when playing cards with Friends or hosting a party.

Pat is survived by her son Howard D. Mills, III and his wife, Erin. Her daughter Elizabeth Miller and her son Todd Mills and his wife, Linda and by her beloved “Niece-Daughter” Michele Staves. She adored her six grandchildren: Shannon Keats Miller, Bradley Miller, Howard Jack Mills, Cooper Mills, Kathryn Mills and Luke Michael Mills.

The Family would like to thank Regina Dianaee and Mildred Ordway for the loving care that they provided to Mom. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Scotchtown Presbyterian Church, Blumel Road, Middletown, NY 10941.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or St Jude Children’s research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 31805.

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Visitation

Friday

26

Oct

2:00 PM 10/26/2018 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 10/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Visitation

Friday

26

Oct

6:00 PM 10/26/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties

800 Stony Brook Court
Newburgh, NY 12550

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Way
memphis, TN 38105
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