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Mary Louise (Cates) Mills

November 15, 1931 ~ August 10, 2020 (age 88)

Obituary

Mary L. Mills, age 88, of Annandale, formerly of Brooklyn Center, died Monday, August 10, 2020 surrounded by the love and care of her adopted family.

Memorial Services will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale with Rev. Paul Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Masks or face coverings are required, social distancing is to be maintained and funeral home maximum capacity limitations will be observed. The service will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

Mary Louise Mills was born November 15, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was adopted at birth by George and Fern (Wyckoff) Cates. Mary grew up in Sioux City where she graduated from Leads High School. Following her high school graduation, Mary began schooling for nursing. She was a 1952 graduate of the Lutheran Hospital nursing program in Sioux City and upon obtaining her RN degree she attended the Minneapolis General Hospital School of Anesthesiology, graduating in 1954. Mary's nurse anesthetist career spanned 43 years working at the Swedish Hospital, St. Barnabas, and the Metropolitan Medical Center. On July 16, 1971 she was united in marriage to Raymond Mills at Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota. Mary made her home in Brooklyn Center until approximately 15 years ago, when she moved to Annandale. Always one for conversation, Mary enjoyed visiting with her friends and neighbors. She also like to play cribbage and the board game, Aggravation, care for her pets, cooking and baking, watching tv, and fishing. She relished in the time she was able to spend with her adopted family.

Having no children of her own, Mary "adopted" the Frilstad family. She is survived by her sons, John Frilstad of Rockford, and James and Terry Frilstad of Kimball; grandchildren, Josh Frilstad, Becki (Jim) Bystrom, Scott (Sandra) Golla, Steve (Devon) Golla, Donnie Frilstad, and Adam Frilstad; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Emily Rose, Syren, Eliot, Joshua Jr., and Sophia; and many other foster family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; and grandson, Ortega Mohamed.

Jay Jones, and John, James, and Terry Frilstad will serve as urnbearers. Arrangements entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
August 14, 2020

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale
305 Park St. E.
Annandale, MN 55302

Memorial Service
Friday
August 14, 2020

2:30 PM
Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale
305 Park St. E.
Annandale, MN 55302

Video is available for this event


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