Shirley May Mills, of Port Orange, passed away peacefully at home July 4, 2017. Born June 2, 1928 in Dickson City, PA she was the only child of Frederick and Gertrude Bentham Miller.
Years ago, Shirley was employed at Daytona International Speedway. She often reminisced about her time there and her coworkers. One memory in particular was her fun, but frightening Richard Petty Driving Experience. As the driver accelerated faster and faster Shirley gave him the thumbs up signal thinking that it meant fast enough, but he took it to mean that she wanted to go faster. When it was over she couldn’t get out of the race car fast enough. She laughingly said it was definitely a wild experience and one that she never wanted to have again!
As a young woman, Shirley took voice lessons. She had a beautiful voice and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining. She performed with Lee Fisher’s Royal Four Band for many years. She also sang with the Frankie Reynolds Orchestra at Strickland’s Resort in the Poconos.
In years past, Shirley was a member of The Eagles Club in Ormond Beach where she loved to sing, dance and play bingo with friends. She enjoyed playing cards and watching old black and white movies. She also looked forward to Friday morning donuts and coffee with her neighbors and Saturday morning TV animal programs.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Mills, her son William Evans and her son-in-law Norman Kern. She is survived by her daughters: Shirley Sterling; Nancy Buckley (Denne); daughter-in-law Rhonda Evans; six grandchildren: Glenn Evans (Tara), Kimberly Reycraft (David), Kevin Kern, Stephanie Evans, Brandon Evans, and Christina Kern; seven great grandchildren: Neil Reycraft, Kale Evans, Brinley Evans, Chandler Evans, Garrett Evans, Natalie Reycraft and Kalin Evans-Zurzulo.
Shirley wished to be cremated and to have her ashes combined with those of her husband Ron and their beloved dogs Pierre and Scooter.