Janice Gale Mills

Age 73, of Ypsilanti, Michigan (formerly of Flint, Michigan) passed away on January 17, 2024. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Janice’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.

Janice Gale Mills was born on June 30, 1950, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John and Betty (Hershberger) Hockenbury. Janice and her family left Pennsylvania in the late 1960’s and moved to Fenton, MI. She attended Fenton High School and graduated in 1968. She met Ronald Mills in high school and they were later married in 1969 (they were divorced later in life). Janice and Ronald raised a son, Ronald “Ronnie” Mills Jr. (Age 53 of Ypsilanti, MI) and a daughter, Tammy Carr (Age 51 of Inverness, FL). Janice worked in the automotive industry starting out at Schmelzer’s Brakes in Durand, MI (now closed) and lastly at the General Motors Service Parts Operations plant in Swartz Creek, MI until she retired. During her retirement years, Janice enjoyed watching her grandchildren play soccer, cheerleading, and attending their ballet dancing recitals. She was an avid collector of Coca Cola memorabilia and antique salt and pepper shakers. Janice enjoyed the company of her dog, Lucky, for many years. Janice also spent several years volunteering for the Genesys Hospice program where she took pride in helping to comfort patients.

Surviving Janice are her brother John L. (Marilyn) Hockenbury, sister Debra Hetherington, ex-husband; Ronald (Cheryl) Mills, son; Ronald Mills Jr., daughter Tammy Carr (fiancé Shawn Howard), four beautiful granddaughters; Ashley (Brandon) Skorna, Natalie Mills, Emily Carr, and Sydney Mills, handsome grandson Nick Garrison-Carr, former daughter in-law Diana Mills, former son in-law Jim Carr, and her best friend for over 40 years, Katie (Pritt) Handy.

Janice is preceded in death by her mother Betty Hockenbury, uncles Ray B. and Charley N. Hockenbury, former father in-law Rudolph Mills, brother in-law Kenneth Hetherington, second “mother” Sylvia (Hardy) Hockenbury, former mother in-law Dorothy Mills, aunt Sarah Stuver, and her father John Hockenbury.

In lieu of cards or flowers, the family asks that you please consider paying tribute in her memory by making a donation to a nonprofit organization for children that Janice supported. Please visit the Great Lakes Burn Camp for Kids website at www.glbcforkids.org to donate or you may mail a check or money order to Great Lakes Burn Camp (In Memory of Janice Mills) P.O. Box 6189 Jackson MI 49204-6189.


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7 Condolences

  1. Carol Franker on January 23, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    My prayers are with the families during this difficult time. Wishing peace to all.

  2. Priscilla Reisinger on January 23, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  3. Rick Keltner on January 23, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    Thoughts and Prayers to The Family

  4. Kevin hill on January 23, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    My Thoughts and Prayers to the family

  5. Sherry Dean (Pritt) on January 23, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    She will be missed! She was always at our family functions because she was family including Ronnie and Tammy. Love to you all.

  6. Stephen on January 23, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    I’m here for you brother. Keep your mind strong with all the good memories. I’m here for you.

  7. Christina Pritt on January 25, 2024 at 4:04 pm

    So sorry to hear. She was such a sweet lady and loved by the whole family. My condolences to Ron and Tammy and all the family.

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