Kathy Mills, age 73, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 due to complications from Covid-19. She was born October 25, 1947 in Bellingham to Cecil and Genett (Barraford) Clifton. Kathy was preceded in death by her husband Stan Mills, parents and her brother Ken Clifton. She is survived by her children Karen (Howard Helgeson) Mills, Kim (Nick) Trail and Jeff (Shellie Neyens) Mills; grandchildren Heather (Cody) Ralson, Cora (Nea) Helgeson, Holly (Nick) Helgeson, Haley (Vincent) Helgeson, Jake (Kacey) Willmorth, Josh Willmorth, Stephanie (Archer) Mills; great grandchildren Colby Willmorth, Rexford and Charlotte Ralston and was also a second mother to so many others! Kathy retired from Bellingham Healthcare Center after working 30+ years with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. She loved working in Health Care and was going to volunteer before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit. Kathy has always been known for her selflessness and caring spirit. She always took care of everyone before herself and will be remembered for her amazing smile that she had for everyone. We will remember the deep care that she showed to everyone. Kathy was an avid reader and could always be found with a book in her hands. Her biggest joy in life were her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed family gatherings, gardening and all the children remember her taking them on her famous slug hunts with the salt shaker. The family would like to give a special Thank you to Dr. Banjanin and his caring staff and to ALL the Nurses and Doctors at PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital, especially in the ICU Covid-19 Unit. There are no words to express the family’s gratitude for each and every one that took such good care of our mom! There will be a small gathering for Kathy at a later date due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
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