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MillsMay 26, 1926 - Dec. 31, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Born May 26, 1926 in Oklahoma City, OK to Elsie (Messell) and Earle M. Simon. Graduated from Classen High School and remained an active alumna. After attending Lindenwood College in St. Charles, MO, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1944 with a BFA degree.Earleen was active in Oklahoma City education, serving on grade school, high school, and city-wide PTA boards. A former PTA president of Northwest Classen and active supporter of the establishment of Heritage Hall, her passion for education continued through interest in her grandchildren.She was pleased to serve as president of several civic and social organizations, and held a six-year term on the Oklahoma County Mental Health board. Her thoughts of the present and future were placed in the Bicentennial Time Capsule in Washington, DC, in 1976.Her love of art began at an early age and remained throughout her life. Pursuing her talent she actively painted and exhibited her paintings for many years, winning recognition among artists listed in the 1981-82 American Artists of Renown in Washington, DC. Earleen was also a longtime volunteer at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Oklahoma City Art Center, and she was also a docent at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where her father was a charter member.She was a member of May Avenue Methodist Church, from the time of its second pastor.Earleen is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jack R. Mills; son Jack Mills, Jr. and wife Valerie, granddaughters Taylor and Maris of Oklahoma City; daughter Nancy Knox and husband Jim, grandsons Matthew and Christopher of Springfield, VA. She is also survived by her brother King Simon and wife Helene of Santa Rosa, CA.A memorial service will be held at 10 am, January 3 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 2604 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to INTEGRIS Hospice House, 4334 NW Expressway, Suite 106, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 3, 2014
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