Obituary for Julie Larrain Mills

May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes…

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of a dear wife, loving sister, aunt, daughter, and special friend. Julie Larrain Mills passed away July 21, 2022, at Myrtle Beach, S.C., after a courageous fight with breast cancer. She is predeceased by grandparents, Isaac Hobert and Mary Costigan Nunley, and Frank Lee and Virgie Burke Mills; special cousin and friend, Patricia (“Sis”) Williamson; and father, Nelson Mills. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Daryl Warf of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and dear to her heart, her special dogs, Noodles and Bruno. Also surviving are her mother, Helen Mills of Pulaski, Va.; brothers, Nathan (Debra) Mills of Snowville, Va., Steve Mills of Jacksonville, Texas, and Alan Mills of Grapeland, Texas; in-laws, Clyde and Freda Warf of Galax, Va.; nieces and nephews, Leslie (Matt) Grubb, Matthew Mills and fiancé Madeline McGuire, Lisa (Marvin) Harless, Lora Mills, Diane (Richard) Lee, David (Kendall) Mills, and Meghan Mills; and several great nieces and nephews.

mills julie larrain2Julie graduated in 1978 from Pulaski County High School, received an associate degree with honors from New River Community College and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix. She retired from Radford Community Hospital/Carilion NRV Medical Center after 34 years in Dietary Services. After her diagnosis and retirement, Julie and Daryl followed their dream and moved to Myrtle Beach, where they spent countless days and special moments walking their dogs on the beach. Julie was an excellent cook and delighted in cooking for family, especially her chicken and dumplings for Matthew, and gluten free breads, rolls and treats for Leslie. Every Christmas, she made trays of cookies, fudge and candy for each family member. Julie was an example of strong will and determination to fight breast cancer to the very end. She will be greatly missed.

The family is grateful to the excellent staff at Grand Strand Hospital, Myrtle Beach who treated Julie with respect, dignity, and compassion during her last days.

Final arrangements were provided by McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach and Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford, VA.

Memorial services in Radford are pending. Everlasting Love and Amazing Grace.