Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 27 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garner for Makinley M. Mills, 15 month old daughter of Jeremy and Dawn Mills of Garner. The Rev. Dale Glawatz officiated.
Burial was in Concord Township Cemetery in Garner.
On Dec. 22, 2008, Makinley passed away at home in the loving embrace of her father and mother, with big brother Dalton at their side.
Makinley Marie Mills was born Sept. 19, 2006, in Mason City. An older brother Dalton welcomed her to the home they shared in Garner. As each day passed, their love for Makinley grew stronger and Dalton adored his "Kinney." Makinley was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garner. Prior to the progression of her disease she was a happy baby filled with smiles.
In May of 2007, after several months of fear and frustration, Makinley was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder called Krabbe disease. When the family learned that Makinley's life on earth would be all too short, they vowed to make each moment precious. Dawn and Jeremy found the strength to face each new day with a positive spirit and Dalton prided himself in doing his best to help care for Makinley.
Family and friends were blessed to celebrate a special Christmas celebration in honor of Makinley in the hours prior to her passing.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Carrol Bakken, Ubbie Harms and Roy Mills; and great-grandparents, Russell and Arlene Skelton.
Makinley is survived by her parents, Jeremy and Dawn Mills of Garner; her brother, Dalton; maternal grandparents, Jim and Cheryl Bakken of Forest City; paternal grandparents, Kevin and Wendy Mills of Marathon; great-grandmothers, Lavina Bakken of Garner, Harriet Harms of Buffalo Center and Darlene Mills of Webb; and aunts and uncles, including Stacey and Melany Mills of Webb.
Memorials may be directed to the Makinley M. Mills Memorial Fund.
The Cataldo Funeral Home of Garner was in charge of arrangements.