Rosemary (Rosie) Royse Mills

April 29, 1922 - September 12, 2012
Rosemary (Rosie) Royse Mills

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Rosemary (Rosie) Royse Mills, 90, of Port Charlotte, FL, died Wednesday, the 12th of September, 2012, at the Elizabeth House, a Hospice House, near her daughtersí homes in Hendersonville, NC.

She was born April 29, 1922 in Amity, IN to Charles and Monta Sutherland Royse. After her motherís death later that year, Charles married Angeline Sutton Leser. Rosie was lovingly raised on their farm in Amity and was a 1940 graduate of Edinburgh High School. In 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Dan Mills. They recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. They resided and raised two daughters in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and were charter members of Southport Christian Church.

Dan and Rosie moved to Punta Gorda, FL in 1986 where they have been active members of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church.

Rosie was lovingly devoted to her family, loyal to her many friends and had a wonderful smile that could light up a room.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Mills; daughters, Sharon Mills of Hendersonville, NC, and Judy Mills Gower of Punta Gorda, FL and Hendersonville, NC; nephew and niece, Bill Leser and Patricia Leser Allen, both of Franklin, IN; a great-niece and great-nephews; and close family friends, Deirdre Hulihan and Susan Doty Pardue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Hortense Royse Leser, and her brother-in-law, Charneal Leser, both of Franklin, IN.

A memorial service Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Punta Guda, FL. A reception will follow at 1:00 PM at South Port Square in Port Charloote, FL. The flowers are being provided by at (800-342-6730)

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  • September 15, 2012
    Keith Tomey says:
    I went to churh in Southport with Rosie and Dan for many years. Rosie always had a big smile for everyone. I'm sorry I didn't know that they lived so close in Fla. I would like to go to her services. Please let me know the place and date. Keith Tomey

  • September 15, 2012
    Elaine Bensheimer says:
    Dan, Sharon and Judy, So sorry for your loss, Rosie was always so much fun to be around. Her wit and smile would always light up a room. I always enjoyed all the cookouts, church time and swimming in the pool. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you proceed in life. Remember all the good times, her warm smile and her quick wit. She was one in a million!! Love, Elaine Bensheimer

  • September 15, 2012
    Carmen Pierce says:
    She is at peace Sharon, and you and the rest of your family will reunite with her again. So sorry for your loss.

  • September 15, 2012
    Judy Dewitt says:
    My heart and prayers with your family at this time. I never saw your mother without a smile, so what a great way to remember her.

  • September 15, 2012
    Glenna Mills Balch says:
    Uncle Dan, Sharon, Judy and family, You are in my heart and I will be there with you for the service. When I consider the Quaker query below, I always remember Aunt Rosie: Do you make your home a place of friendliness, refreshment, and peace, where God becomes more real to those who live there and to all who visit there?