NEWPORT NEWS — Mary Linda Peak Mills, 73, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 20, 2021. Mary was born Sept. 13, 1947, in Jacksonville, Illinois, to Allen and Marjorie Peak.
The daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot, Mary spent much of her childhood relocating. Her early years were in the family hometown of Winchester, Illinois, but she was soon on the move to Florida; the Philippines; and finally, San Jose, California. It was here she met and married Patrick Paterson and brought her two daughters, Penny and Lisa, into the world.
Her early travels turned to wanderlust as Mary moved between Hawaii, Guam, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. She finally settled in Hampton Roads, where the majority of her family resided.
It was here she met Jere McGill Mills Jr. On Sept. 21, 2004, they wed and made a life in Newport News. Together, they enjoyed Mary’s three loves; traveling, golf and family. They were devoted to each other. Jere stayed with Mary by her hospital bed through her final days.
Mary adored her family, and they will miss her deeply. She is survived by husband, Jere Mills; daughters, Penny Elizabeth Paterson and Lisa Christine Nicholson, and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Jessica Shupe, and her husband, Jon Kirk, Jeremy Shupe, Sean Nicholson, Caitlin Nicholson, Aidan Nicholson and Ariella Haase; great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Jonah; brothers, Mark Charles Peak and David Lawrence Peak, and their spouses, Sandy and Liza, and children, Lynda, Tricia, Alex and Jackie; Jere’s daughters, Anne Hankins and Jean Kronenthal, and their children, John, Henley, Virginia, Louise, George and Fred.
Mary was preceded in death by father; Martin Allen Peak; mother, Marjorie Anne Peak; and brothers, Benedict Joseph Peak and Michael Allen Peak.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 27, outdoors at James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road, Newport News. Sharing memories of Mary are encouraged, but not required. Dress code is country-club casual.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Timber Ridge School, Winchester. Please provide Mary Mills name.
Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.