Doris Ann Mills of Morristown passed away unexpectedly on October 28, 2021, at the age of 81.
Doris Ann was a life-long member of First Baptist Church. She worked as the secretary for Pastor Hicks in the 1950s, before starting a family of her own. She later helped lead the church's children's ministry alongside Don Needham for more than 20 years.
Loving wife and mother, Doris Ann demonstrated her faith through her life of servitude and generosity to all. Her children describe her as the most honest, caring, compassionate, and truly generous person they've ever known, always putting others' needs ahead of her own. Even in times of struggle, she would often tell her children, "Kindness doesn't cost you anything."
She acted as a "second Mom" for every kid in the neighborhood, babysitting numerous small children of other working mothers, and shuttling groups to and from school. She was affectionately referred to as "Mommy Doris Ann" by her nephew B.G., whom she helped care for until he started elementary school. Later in life, she cared for both her parents and her husband's parents, along with aunts, uncles, and others who were left abandoned in nursing homes, rarely visited by their own family members. Doris Ann never sought recognition or praise for her efforts. A humble servant to anyone in need, she gave of herself out of the kindness of her heart. She will be greatly missed by her children and loved ones.
Doris Ann was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Donald R. Mills, and her parents, Garfield and Hazel Gibson. She is survived by her children, Todd Mills of San Diego, Tracy Heist (Allen) of Morristown, Donna Triplett (Chris) of Dandridge, and her only grandchild, Gracie Triplett of Dandridge. She is also survived by her sister, Jerilyn DeHart (Billy) and brother, Bobby Gibson (Diane), both of Morristown.
Immediate family and anyone else who would like to attend will meet at Mayes Mortuary on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 10am for a procession to Hamblen Memory Gardens leaving at 10:30 for an informal graveside service.
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