On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Sandra Kay Mills passed away. In 1940, Sandra was born in Pendleton, Oregon, to Jack Alton and Katherine Avarintha Shaw. She was raised in Hermiston, Oregon, where she spent much of her childhood riding horses through the sand and sagebrush. She graduated Hermiston High School in 1958, and in 1961, Sandra married Jerry Mills. They had three children: Deborah, Justin, and Jeffrey. Sandra and Jerry moved to Pendleton in 1967, and divorced in 1995.
Sandra was deeply devoted to her children and grandchildren. There was truly nothing that brought her more joy than spending time with her family especially her granddaughters. She was a genuine friend to many people and a trusted aunt to her nieces and nephews. Mom was kind, forgiving, and always patient. She will be deeply missed and always remembered for her quick and beautiful smile.
Sandra worked in the Assessors Office at the Umatilla County Courthouse for most of her adult life. She very much enjoyed her job; many of her co-workers were also her closest friends. She retired from the County in 2009.
Sandra is survived by her daughter, Deborah Thorne; her son, Jeffrey Mills; her granddaughters, Samantha Mills and Aubrey Mills; her son-in-law, Mark Thorne; her daughter-in-law, Alena Davis; and her brother, Michael Shaw. Sandra was preceded in death by her son, Justin, and her parents.
A celebration of Sandras life will be held on Saturday, November 19, beginning at 1:30 at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge. An early supper will be served at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Moms name to The Bike Pit, a motocross track in Pilot Rock, Ore., where she loved to watch her granddaughters ride their motorcycles. Donations to The Bike Pit should be sent to: Pilot Rock OHV Inc., P.O. Box 689, Pilot Rock, OR 97868.
Condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com.