Janet Ione Hodges Mills

Graveside services for Janet Ione Hodges Mills, 80, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Clinton Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Wednesday at Clinton Presbyterian Church. Janet died Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018, at her home, after a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Lawrence, the daughter of Martina Pugh Hodges and Harold Hodges. She graduated from Lawrence High School. She had worked at Mills Auto Salvage, Sallie Mae, DST, and retired from the Kansas University Endowment Association. Janet volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Trinity In-Home Care, where she enjoyed her ‘second’ family – Megan, John, Caitlin, & Karen. She was a past member of Ottawa and Happy Times Square Dance Club.

Janet married Charles A. ‘Charlie’ Mills on Apr. 19, 1954. They enjoyed 59 years of marriage before Charlie preceded her in death in 2013. Also preceding her in death were her parents and stepparents, Martina and Herman Hess, and Harold and Peggy Hodges. Survivors include two daughters, Debra I. Shafer (Harry) and Mary Ann Wieneman (Richard); grandchildren Jason and Christopher Shafer,; great grandchildren Charles, McKensie, and Carter Shafer O’Dell, Jessica Church, and Brooke Shafer; a brother, Charles Hodges and wife Margaret, who was like a sister to Janet; nieces Marilyn Colgan (Steve), Melissa (Steven, and Michelle (Jon); and many sweet nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Trinity In-Home Care, LMH Oncology, or Visiting Nurses, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com