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Pamela J. Mills
(February 17, 1953 - May 2, 2012)

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Pamela J. Mills

Early Wednesday morning May 2nd, Pamela J. Mills escaped the physical pain and torment of the cancer that had tried in vain for so long to defeat her spirit. A well-loved and much respected teacher throughout her career, she continued to inspire everyone with the courage she displayed during her ordeal by constantly maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming without complaint the indignities to which she was being subjected. The legacy of her life is apparent and will live on in the hundreds of children she impacted with her genuine compassion, interest, and concern in not just their education, but also in their well -being and overall growth and progress as individuals. Born February 17, 1953 in Rochester, New York to William H. and Jane C. Wells, Pam graduated from Glenwood High School in 1971 and Ohio University in 1975. Preceded in death by her father, she is survived by her mother, husband of 36 years Douglas V. Mills of Canton and their children Melissa Panagopoulos, son-in-law Mark, grandson Gavin (8 months) of Akron and Megan L. Mills of Orlando, FL. Other family members include her siblings: Kim W. Nicely of Canton and John W. Wells of Rye, New York; nieces and nephews Geoff and Shawn Marie Nicely (Hoyt and Rossi Nicely) of Canton; Suzy and Greg Perry of Orlando, FL; and Ian and Lilly Wells of Rye, New York; and brother and sister-in-law Daniel and Laura Mills and their children Samantha, Daniel and Samuel, all of Canton. Pam began her career as an educator teaching first in Applecreek and then with the New Philadelphia City School System. Before being forced to retire due to her health, she taught various elementary grade levels at Canton Country Day School for the next 28 years. During her therapy and treatment this past summer, she volunteered and helped create and implement a mindfulness awareness curriculum to compliment the life skills program taught at The First Tee of Canton by introducing to the students stress reduction exercises and attention focusing techniques they could use at school, at home and in their everyday lives. She also willingly tutored students who requested her help until the week before her death. Pam Mills never stopped trying to make a difference in a child’s life. Family and friends will be received on Monday, May 7th from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home 710 Tuscarawas St., W. Reverend Father Nicholas Gamvas will offer a prayer and blessing with the family beforehand and, as was her wish, there will be no formal service but rather a celebration of her life and the resiliency of her spirit. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The First Tee of Canton, P.O. Box 7555, Canton, OH 44705. The proceeds received will be used to help provide The First Tee of Canton’s school program to elementary schools within our local area. Please sign the guest book.

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