After a long and wonderful life, Mildred (Millie) Hand, died peacefully at her home on August 31, 2018. She was born to Raymond and Beatrice Wisner in Chowchilla, CA on February 18, 1923. Millie was the oldest child of the family, which later included her brother Lawrence and sister Ruth, both of whom preceded her in death.

As the daughter of a minister, Millie grew up in a variety of locales, spending significant parts of her childhood in the central valley, as well as the San Garbiel Valley. She attended Azusa Pacific College and upon graduating in 1947, came to Mt. Shasta to be with her parents who were starting the church that would become Hope Community Church. 

It was there that she met her husband of 49 years, Jack Hand of Weed, CA, who also precedes her in death. They built a great life together, having three sons, Lawrence (Larry) of Mt. Shasta; Aaron (Bud) of Redding; and Mark, of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Millie was very active in her church and community. A simple trip to the store was lengthy endeavor as she seemingly knew everyone and always enjoyed stopping and sharing a kind word and smile. Those who knew Millie know that she had a huge capacity for love and trouble sitting still. If you were her friend, this meant that you were always treated like the most important person in the world. If you were her acquaintance, it meant pretty much the same thing. Millie had no enemies, but if she did, they would have been treated the same!

This life attitude of Millie’s led her to her most rewarding work in her long life. At the age of 77 Millie became a “professional grandma” at Mt. Shasta Elementary. She said it was the best job she ever had. There she was allowed to give the children unconditional love and on the side, she taught them to read.

Besides her sons, Millie is survived by three daughter-in-laws - Debbie, Rusti, and Suzann; five grandchildren - Aaron (Holly), Eric (Ashley), Valerie, Jonathan, and Callie; and five great grandchildren - Naomi, Aiden, Dani, Maya, and Ameera.

A celebration of her life will be held at Hope Community Church in Mt. Shasta (974 Lassen Lane, Mt. Shasta 96067) on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors at Mt. Shasta Memorial Park and Chapel at 830 Lassen Ln, Mt. Shasta, on Friday, September 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in memory of Millie to the building fund at Hope Community Church.