Bernice Mills passed away on October 4, 2010. She was born on August 14, 1924 in Galveston, Texas. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, godmother and friend.
Bernice was a graduate of Ursuline Academy. She was a lifelong member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church. She devoted much of her time and energy in service to the church. She and her late husband Hulbert Mills owned several nightclubs through the years in Galveston. These included The Embassy Club, The Palace Club and The Swanky Inn. They enjoyed working together in the businesses and rarely took a day off.
Bernice will be sadly missed by family and friends for her kindness, wit, wisdom and generosity. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially the young. She cherished family and religious traditions and passed them on to others. She was an excellent cook and baker. She was always there when help was needed by family or friends.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Hulbert Mills, her father and mother Radovan and Ljubica Kesel, brothers Custer Kesel, Robert Kesel, Alex Kesel, John Kesel, Louis Kesel, Billy Kesel and Dan Kesel, sisters Dolores Plummer, Natalie Criss and Donnie Keller, niece Beverly Botello and nephew Bobby Kesel and other family and friends.
She is survived by nephews C.L. Norrell, Ed Dumas, Jr., Billy Kesel, William Criss and Custer Kesel, Jr. and nieces Gay Guthrie, Joy Blankenship, Suda Turner, Mitzi Six, Penny Dumas, Sammy Laningham, Jeanette Soler and Debra Criss, great-nephew Steven Mills, great-niece Joila Morales, great great- nephews Michael Botello and Nicholas Morales and great great niece Jessica Botello and other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be Custer Kesel, Jr., Michael Botello, Jason Rodriguez, William Criss lll, Gabriel Socias and Josh Whiteman.
Visitation will begin Friday at 5:00 pm at Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 31st and Broadway in Galveston. In keeping with Serbian Orthodox tradition, a Pomen Service will be held at 6:30 pm Friday. The Funeral Service will begin at 10 AM Saturday from the funeral home and continue to Sts. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church at 41st and Avenue L in Galveston. Burial will be at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Cemetery on 61st St. in Galveston.
Memorials may be made to Sts. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund.