Martha L. Mills, 82: Devout Catholic, avid reader

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Martha Louise Mills, 82, died June 5 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Born in South Portland on Sept. 11, 1928, a daughter of Patrick T. and Mattie Malia Norton, she attended local schools and graduated in 1946 from South Portland High School.
On July 2, 1949, she married Arthur P. Mills and they raised five children together.

When her children got older, she worked as a bookkeeper and payroll clerk for George C. Shaw Company until she retired in 1978.
A devout Catholic, she was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Church, where she served on the women’s council and volunteered for many other parish activities.
For several years she and her husband volunteered at the South Portland Public Library.

An avid reader, she often read a book a day, and also enjoyed gardening and the Boston Red Sox.
She was predeceased by her husband Arthur of 61 years on Dec. 20, 2010, and by three brothers, Michael Norton, William Norton, George Norton, and a sister, Mary O’Toole.
Survivors include her son, Michael A. Mills and his wife Sadie A. Bernard of Otisfield, and four daughters, Barbara Mills of Scarborough, Mimi Gray and her husband Gordon of Windham, Marcie A. Hill and her husband Richard of Windham, Anita L. Upton and her husband Kenneth of Manchester, N.H.; a sister, Anne Frederick of South Portland; two sisters-in-law, May Belle Norton of Kennebunk, and Alice Norton of Cape Elizabeth; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were held Wednesday, June 8, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland.

Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at the chapel, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Following the burial, relatives and friends are invited to attend a reception at the Maine Military Museum on Peary Terrace in South Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to the South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106.

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