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Christine Lucille Schofield Mills

Christine Schofield Mills 8/9/1945 – 10/16/2020 Christine Schofield Mills, of Plainwell. Chris died after a short illness on October 16th, 2020, just 2 months after her 75th birthday. Chris was born in Plainwell, Michigan on the day the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan to John and Ruth Schofield. The fourth girl of a sibship of six, she was able to be outside and help with farm and animal chores much of her childhood. After attending country school, Chris graduated from Plainwell High School, and then KVCC with her LPN. Chris was a pediatric, women’s health, psychiatric, and school nurse, as well as a health educator, completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Redlands in 1982 when her two daughters were in elementary school. After living in Maryland, Colorado, California, and Virginia, she and her girls moved back to Michigan in 1985, and she lived the rest of her life within 100 miles of where she was born. In her 40s, Chris returned to Cooley Law School for her JD, and practiced family law for many years, although she would acknowledge she didn’t make very much money at it. She managed childcare and family housing at MCTI, and ended her career as the administrator for William Crispe Community house in Plainwell. She was an advocate for justice and equity for all people, and was involved in voter engagement and civil action for many years. She loved her family up to the moon and back, many many times, and was an avid knitter of countless hats and dishcloths. She was drawn to Lake Michigan from early childhood, and had countless adventure days of the CD player loud and snacks that your parents don’t let you eat with her grandgirls. She was a masterful storyteller, even if some of her tales were more fun than accurate, and her family would indicate how many times they had heard a story by holding up fingers. Chris is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Momo and Sue, sister-in-law Sally, and several dear women friends, all of whom have been itching to get into good trouble with her, and now they are. Chris is survived by her daughters Jennifer (Rob) Harrison, Anna Mulder, grandgirls Georgia and Olivia Harrison, and Paige and Maddie Mulder, sister Pat Hislop, brothers Tom Schofield and John (Donghong) Schofield, and a large family of cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved her back as fiercely as she loved them. Family and friends will be invited to a wonderful celebration of her life in the summer when we can share good food, long hugs, and great stories of her extraordinary life. While at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign Christine's guestbook and/or share a memory with the family by lighting a candle. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 South Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080 (269)685-5881.

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Charles Tawney Oct 20 2020 7:07 PM

Chris's family I am heart broken. Not only was Chris my boss she was my friend. We had many long long talks, lots of laughs. She will be missed by many. Chris made coming to work fun. Sending prays to all. Lori Snyder-Steele

Lori Steele Oct 20 2020 3:34 PM

How about the time she made pot brownies and didn't tell me. I ate a whole bag of chips, a whole jar of salsa, an entire box of spaghetti, a jar of sauce and a loaf of garlic bread.

Doug Harkless Oct 20 2020 10:04 AM

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Anna Mulder Oct 20 2020 9:51 AM

So sorry for your loss. Chris was my boss at William Crispe. She went beyond performing her duties. She took residents on outings and truly loved them. She was a great boss. She will be missed at our lunch gatherings. Sincerely Melanie Nagel.

Melanie Nagel Oct 19 2020 7:46 PM

I so enjoyed knowing Chris, first in a business relationship and later as a friend when my Mom lived at Wm. Crisp. Her friendliness and enthusiasm was heartfelt and welcomed. Please accept my sincere condolences to her family and friends and may those sweet granddaughters (some of whom I met) always retain fond memories of their times with Grandma.

Carol Ashley Oct 19 2020 3:17 PM

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