Pauline Anne Mills
January 29, 1937 - October 20, 2017
Pauline Anne Mills passed away peacefully, aged 80, on October 20th at her home in Market Harborough.
Pauline was born on January 29th, 1937, in Boston, Lincolnshire.. Her father, Harold Dean, was a telephonist and her mother, Viola Kathleen Elizabeth Dean, (nee Brittain), worked in the home.
Pauline attended secondary school in Boston and subsequently attended Nottingham University on a scholarship. She graduated with a degree in Divinity and went on to earn her DipEd at Oxford University. It was here that she met her husband, Allan Mills. They married in December, 1960 in Stoneleigh. They subsequently moved to Halifax, Canada and in 1963 their first son, Jonathan, was born.
In 1964 the family moved back to England and settled in Wantage, near Oxford, where Allan worked at Harwell nuclear research facility.
They adopted their second son, Robert William Holmes, in 1965 and named him Timothy. Their third son, Christopher, was born in 1967, the same year as the family moved to Leicester. Allan had secured a position as Lecturer in Planetary Science at Leicester University and once the children were at school age she taught Divinity, English and French at St Crispins and Hamilton private schools in Leicester.
Pauline was possessed of a keen intellect, coupled with a strong belief in God and Christianity and amassed a considerable library of religious and spiritual books. Her love of music expressed itself in a home always full of music; the radio was always on in the kitchen! She was also an accomplished piano player and we all remember her sitting at the piano playing and singing her favourite hymns and songs.
Pauline had a lifelong interest in Italy and was fluent in Italian, attending Italian evening courses and visiting her pen-pal in Italy during summer breaks.
Mum also felt a deep connection with animals and we were never without a cat while growing up. We also had fish, rabbits and budgies come and go from the house! Stray cats were always taken in or fed from a distance and she supported many organisations for mistreated horses and other animals.
Mum retired from teaching in 1986 and spent her time enjoying her Italian studies, visiting her children and grand-children and doing some occasional supply teaching and tutoring.
In 2007 Pauline and Allan moved to Market Harborough, outside Leicester,to be closer to Christopher and Robert. She was a devoted grand-mother and there was always a steady supply of toys, treats and trips to town.
Her husband, Allan, passed away peacefully in February, 2017 and she continued to live in their home. She was an avid reader and could be found most days reading in her favourite chair.
She passed away peacefully, in her bed, the afternoon of October 20th of an aortic aneurism.
Mum is survived by her three sons and her five grandchildren, Ben, Jeorgia, Matilda, Ry and Rohan.
Mum has now been re-united with her husband and with the God whose presence was a perpetual light, even in the darkest night.
Jonathan, Robert and Christopher.
Mums funeral will be on November 6th at the Albert Munn Memoral Chapel in Kettering.
There will be a reception for family and friends after the funeral at 31, Thatch Meadow Drive, in Market Harborough.
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