Nellie Ireton Mills...prominent writer dies
Nellie Mills, Gem Scribe, Dies at 87
Services for Mrs. J. C. (Nellie Irton) Mills, 87, of 1115 North Fifth, daughter of Idaho pioneers and a prominent writer, who died Friday at a Boise hospital after a short illness, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gibson Funeral Home. Dr. James Millar will officiate. Interment will follow at Cloverdale Memorial Park.
Mrs. Mills was born April 23, 1880, at the Marsh-Mitchell-Ireton Ranch on the Payette River, now the site of Montour, to John and Josephine Ireton, Idaho pioneers. She was educated in Emmett, at Portland University and at the University of Idaho, where she served as editor of the Argonaut, the student annual.
Graduates in 1903
After she was graduated from the university at Moscow in 1903, she came to Boise with her family and lived in Boise until her marriage here to J.C. Mills Jr. of Garden Valley on Jan. 20, 1914. They lived in Garden Valley from the time of their marriage until 1940, when they moved to Boise.
Mrs. Mills helped establish the Boise YWCA and the Boise chapter of the American Association of University Women. She served as a clerk for the Idaho Legislature.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Delta Gamma, the Writer's League, the Fortnightly Club and numerous pioneer groups. She helped establish Garden Valley High School and was a member of the Garden Valley School Board for 20 years.
During her lifetime, she authored numerous publications, among them a book entitled "All Along The River," The Idaho Reader, Scenic Idaho, numerous pioneer stories and sketches and many other works.
Surviving her are three sons, Warner C. Mills, Idaho commissioner of Law enforcement, and James C. Mills, both of Boise, Paul J. Mills of Los Angeles, and eight grandchildren. Her husband died in 1950, and a son, Buckley E. Mills, died in 1940.