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Both are buried in the Price City Cemetery
Written by his granddaughter Dahlene Henrie Spencer Gerald was the second child and first boy to John Henry Mills b. May 11, 1884 d. Nov 4, 1934 and LaUna (Daisy) Bradley b. Mar 22, 1888 d. Jul 16, 1971 and he had brown eyes and light hair and weighed a whopping 10 ½ lbs. Grandpa had three sisters and nine brothers and lived in several places as a young boy. He was born in Victor but also lived in Desert Lake, Price & Huntington. Gerald would help his mother with the farming while his dad drove mail from Victor to Huntington. He helped with chores because his father was in poor health. Gerald met and fell in love with his first wife Theadocia Pearl Rich whom he married Aug 20, 1928. They were about to be parents for the first time when Theadocia at about 6 months into her pregnancy contracted small pox and then she her pregnancy became toxic. She died Jun 9, 1929 after 6 days in the hospital. My grandfather then fell in love with my grandmother Golda Branch and was married to her on his 23 rd birthday which was Oct 21, 1931. I am not sure where they lived but they were married in Castle Dale, Utah. Mom had told me some stories about grandma and grandpa mills but unfortunately I can no longer tell them myself except that grandma liked to clean her house and move the furniture around but grandpa did not like it because he was set in his ways and did not like change. On night while grandma Golda
cleaned she decided to move the furniture around and when grandpa came home after working hard at the mine very late at night he took off his hat and threw it in the corner where his hat stand usually in the corner and then he went to take his boots off and sat down where the chair usually was but it had been moved so he fell onto the floor. Needless to say the furniture was moved back to its original place. Gerald did not want Golda to have any more children as she already had two girls from her first husband Elmer Clement Turner, who died in a coal mining accident on Oct 23, 1926. But Golda wanted more children and when she became pregnant Gerald was very scared that he would loose grandma as well. Grandma Golda had been born with a hole in her heart so the thought of more stress on her heart was almost more than he could take. Golda gave birth to her 3rd girl my mother Darlene Mills at home on Nov 2, 1933 with no problems. Grandpa was so excited to be a father at last and loved mom so much along with loving Golda’s daughters Elva and Bonnie from her first marriage. They tried for several years to have a little boy and to their surprise a beautiful boy joined their family on July 7, 1942 and they named him Jerry C. Mills. Gerald and Golda loved their family they had and felt very blessed but also had some hard times that they were not ready for. Darlene had felt that she was not wanted because she was a girl and had always felt like they wanted a boy instead of her. When little Jerry was born they were both so filled with joy and happiness but their happiness did not last. It was a very cold day in Feb when little Jerry who was 18 months old came down with acute laryngitis and laryngeal obstruction. Gerald and Golda knew he was not doing well and while Gerald drove to the hospital Golda sat in the back seat holding little Jerry as he coughed and cried. Mom told me that little Jerry died in grandmas arms while on the way to the hospital and that when they got there the doctors tried to do a tracheotomy on him but it was too late. He died on Feb 10, 1944 in Price, Utah. After this happened the family was so very sad and they had to bury him on Feb 14, 1944 and mom told me that she would never like Valentines Day again. Darlene always felt like it should have been her that died and not little Jerry because he was so precious. The whole family could not get over losing little Jerry and it was not the same. Mom went to stay with her grandmother LaUna Bradley Mills for a while to give everyone some time to morn. While he was married to Golda, Gerald was a Joy Loader Operator for the Lion Coal Co. and on Nov 17, 1946 while working in the coal mine Gerald was struck by a rail from a loading machine that crushed his chest puncturing the upper lobe of his right lung killing him. Darlene was only 13 when she lost her father and Golda had only been married to him for about 15 years. He was buried on Nov 21, 1946 in the Price Cemetery close to his son little Jerry. I did not know my grandfather in life and can only imagine what type of man he was. My mother Darlene Mills Henrie told me about some of his life and how he was a great man, husband and father and upon his death so many people loved him that there was not a place for many of them to sit at his funeral. Mom said that there were farmers, Bishops, Indians and so many more. Mom was always so proud of him and always told us that he reminded her of a famous movie star by the name of Charleston Heston and by looking at his picture I agree with her on that. Mom told me that when Grandma Golda took out her Endowments she at that time did not get sealed to Gerald because he may have been sealed to his first wife Theadocia Pearl Rich but I am not sure of this and do not have any dates that this took place.
On Darlene Mills Henrie’s birthday Nov 2, 1995 and a little over a year since her passing Jerry & I went to the Bountiful Utah Temple and had Gerald & Golda sealed and then had mom and her little brother Jerry C Mills sealed to their parents. I wish I had been able to know more about my grandfather and to have had a chance to love him as much as mom did. The following are copies of little Jerry’s Birth Certificate, Blessing Certificate, Funeral notice, Headstone and His baby picture.
Gerald Mozell Mills first wife: