Lorayne Elizabeth Marie Mills, 95, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Granite City, where she was born and lived her entire life.
She was born to Henry and Elizabeth Gabriel on Feb. 23, 1921. She married Henry Sam Mills on Feb. 7, 1941. Lorayne was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Growing up during the Depression and raising seven children taught her there was more to life than what money could buy. What little she did have she graciously shared equally with all. Her faith, inner toughness, strength of character, humility and love were her best qualities, and a constant inspiration to all those who knew her. She worked at Seibold’s bakery and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Granite City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three children, Paul Larry, Henry Gary and Janet Marie; and two brothers, Paul and Henry Gabriel.
She is survived by six children, David (Fran) Mills, Paul (Joyce) Mills, Mary Lou (Gary) Shaffer, Susan Shisko, John (Jane) Mills and Patricia (Damon) Kopsky; nine grandchildren, Maria Halloran, Rob Shaffer, Christine Lombardi, David Mills, Douglas Mills, John Mills, Julie Goin, Laurel Pasch and Laura Lebryk; and 18 great-grandchildren.
For those who wish to make a donation, Mass cards are available at Irwin Chapel or memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Church in Granite City.
Visitation for relatives and family will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, at Irwin Chapel on Maryville Road in Granite City.
Celebration of her life will be at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Granite City on Friday April 22, 2016, with a Mass celebrated by Father Chris Comerford at 10 a.m., and a luncheon immediately following. She will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis; www.irwinchapel.com.