Catherine E. Mills

Catherine E. Mills, 86, Altoona, went home to be with the Lord on Friday from Golden LivingCenter-Hillview. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Albert and Jessie (McGirk) Helsel. She married Donald W. Mills Sr., who died March 24, 1986.

Surviving are five children: Larry L., Donald W. Jr. and wife, Tammy, Kathy, Sylvia and Jerry, all of Altoona; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ariella; and close friend and granddaughter, Katie Lynne. She was the last of her 12 siblings.

Catherine retired from Warnaco Sportswear in 1991 after 36 years of service. She was a member of Wehnwood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed volunteering at McAuliffe Heights school. She was a loving mother to three generations of children and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home, 1520 Fourth St., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Axe and Santella Family Chapel, 1534 Fourth St., Altoona, the Rev. Evelyn Madison officiating. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.