Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 4, 2014

Terrie Rae (Lyon) Mills

TRAVERSE CITY — Terrie Rae (Lyon) Mills, age 71, of Traverse City and La Feria, Texas, was taken home to be with the Lord on Jan. 2, 2014, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Terrie enjoyed her family, friends, woodcarving, many, many crafts and her menagerie of animals. Terrie graced many children’s lives over their 37 years of providing daycare. She loved Michigan but also grew to love her winters in Texas. She loved the Lord.

Terrie is survived by her husband, William Mills; her daughters, Yvonne (Timothy) Tilley and Wendy (Thomas) Sauerman; stepchildren, Paula Mills, Jeffrey Mills and Randy (Sara) Mills; sister, Lori (Donald) Smart; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlan and Bessie Lyon.

Visitation will take place at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be private for family only. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice, c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684; or to the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Please share your memories of Terrie with her family by way of her online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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