The reunion was named after the siblings’ late father. The theme was “Cherish the Moment.”
The family originally had 18 siblings and three half siblings, and originated from Williamsport. There are eight remaining siblings, including Elmer Mills of Glenville, W.Va.; Edith Beeler, Hilda Crilly and Lloyd Mills, all of Hagerstown; Peggy Ressler of Waynesboro; William Mills of Williamsport; Eddie Mills of Chambersburg, Pa.; and Floyd Mills of Frederick, Md.
The reunion opened with a moment of silence for all those family members who have died and a prayer over the food. It was a potluck dinner and approximately 78 people were in attendance.
There were prizes given to the youngest and oldest members in attendance; newly married couple; the couple married the longest, which was Joseph and Peggy Ressler, who were married April 7, 1951 (61 years); and the ones who traveled the farthest, which were Elmer and Corrine Mills, who traveled five hours and more than 250 miles to be in attendance. Bingo was played and prizes given to winners. There also were teen drawings for prizes.
Elections were held. Lloyd Mills was elected president for next year’s reunion. Melissa Baker is the secretary, Wilda Mills is the treasurer, and game co-ordinators will be Kim Mills and Pat Mills.
Frankie Mills spoke to the family about his late father, Raymond Mills. The family also celebrated Peggy Ressler’s 80th birthday by having a birthday cake and singing “Happy Birthday” to her. The reunion ended with Joseph Ressler leading the family in an old gospel song, “Isn’t He Wonderful,” and by everyone coming together to hold hands while a prayer was said.