Julia Mills, 86, of Norman Oklahoma joined her heavenly father on March 16, 2022. She was born February 21,1936 to Devereux and Mabel Shields. Julia married the love of her life, Ray Mills, June 9, 1956. She is survived by her three children Peter Mills, Clare Jares, and Julia (Jan) Erhardt, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Julia convinced Ray to let her start a dairy farm outside Chandler, OK in 1963. It was her pride and joy for nearly 10 years. After selling the farm in 1972, Julia went back to college and completed her science degree. She graduated in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma with honors. Julia had an amazing career with Gulf then Chevron Oil as a Geological Technician. She worked at Chevron until she retirement in 1989.
Julia & Ray remained in Norman, until moving to Blanchard in 2013.
Julia & Ray enjoyed traveling and spent many hours cruising the US with their RV in tow researching the Mills and Shields family histories. Their travels found cousins spread across the US that they have remained in touch with. In 1991 they traveled to Scotland and renewed their wedding vows. They also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren in a yearly family reunion known as "Thanksmas" started in 1993.
Julia's final wishes were to have her ashes scattered with Ray's at Elgin Military Cemetery following a brief memorial. Memorial date to TBD.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Dementia Society of America or Dale Graham Veterans Foundation 1268 N. Interstate Dr. Norman Ok 73072 in the name of Julia & Ray Mills.
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