Carol Joan Mills passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Elks Home Noble Senior Living Community in Bedford, Virginia. Born September 9, 1938 in Keyser, West Virginia, she was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert Elwood Mills and Genevieve Shoemaker Mills and her three sisters, Charlotte Mills Wilmoth, Jeanie Mills Graham and Delberta Mills Daveler, and their spouses.She is survived by seven nephews and nieces, Richard Lee Wilmoth, Thomas Craig Wilmoth, Mark Stephen Graham, Stephanie Graham Sorensen, Jonathan Mills Graham, Elizabeth Kristin Graham and Matthew Christopher Graham, and their families. She loved spending time with her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. To them, she was affectionately known as “Aunt Butchie” and she brought them great joy.
Carol graduated from Keyser High School in 1956 and Potomac State College, AA, in 1958. She worked as a secretary at a law office in Keyser in 1958-1959 and then served with Brethren Volunteer Services in Washington, DC. She served in Thailand and Laos while working with USAID and then went to work for the State Department, serving as secretary to ambassadors all over the world. Her career included service tours in Nicaragua, Hungary, South Korea and Australia.
Carol grew up in the Church of the Brethren and she credited her youth group with her relationship with the Lord as well as instilling in her precepts she kept throughout her life. Carol loved cats, reading and travel. After her retirement she went on cruises to many different countries. She enjoyed staying in touch with her friends, both in her hometown and throughout the world. At her request, a memorial service will not be held. Memorial contributions are suggested to be sent to the Best Friends Animal Shelter in Kanab, Utah or to your local church.