SPRING GLEN - Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Merry LaVange Mills, age 65, passed away on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in Price.
The morning sun shined brightly on her face as she was reunited with the loved ones who had passed on before her. LaVange fought a courageous battle with COPD for many years.
She was born May 24, 1943 in Salt Lake City to Vergel and Lila Draney. Married Gary W. Mills Oct. 2, 1961 in Ely, Nev.
LaVange was the owner of Price Floral for several years and took great pride in her floral creations.
She and Gary spent many summers with their children and friends boating in Lake Powell and camping throughout Utah.
LaVange was a master gardener who could make anything bloom. She rejoiced every spring watching her tulips and daffodils emerge from the ground.
Her utmost delight came from working tirelessly in her yard, grooming it to perfection and sharing "starts" with her family and friends.
Survived by her husband of 47 years, Gary Mills; mother, Lila Draney-Busetto; children, Gary (Terri) Mills, Barry (Karon) Mills, Heather Mills; grandchildren, Geoggrey Mills, Daneesha Mills, Alexis Allard, Tonya Mills, Brandon Mills, Joshua Mills, Natasha Olsen, Zachary Garmann, Randi Garmann; great-grandchildren, Emiliano, Torizella, Ignacio, Patrick; sisters, Linda (Karl) Kraync, Tawna (John) Magnuson; sister-in-law, Paula Draney; mother-in-law, Thusnelda Mills; many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her father, Vergel Draney; brother, Vergel Draney Jr.; father-in-law, Bill Mills; sister-in-law, Gaylene (Martin) Ballard; and special friend, Judy Bruno.
Our family is eternally grateful for her unconditional love, guidance, understanding and compassion shown to us throughout our lives. She will forever be in our hearts.
Graveside service Wednesday, March 4, 1 p.m. Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home from noon to 2:45 p.m. Friends are welcome daily at Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.