Molly Muntz Mills
After seven years on dialysis, Molly Muntz Mills finally succumbed to the ravages of kidney disease at Carle Hospital on September 3, 2016 in Urbana, Illinois. She was 70.
Molly is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Charlotte Mills, of Monument, Colorado, Molly’s nieces, Julie Kirsch and Erin Faircloth, both of Castle Rock, Colorado, her nephew, Perry Mills of Monument, Colorado, her cousins, Penny Cassell, Pam Jensen, Al Kirkland, Jr., Jim Kirkland, Dave Muntz, Tom Muntz, Amber Woolsey, and Jeramey Woolsey. Also surviving are Alexandra, Grace, Ricochet, Oscar, Tamara, and Tia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas R. and Lorene Muntz Mills, and her sister, Sally Mills.
Molly was born on July 12, 1946 in Rockford, Illinois and adopted by Doug and Lorene. She graduated from Champaign High School in 1964, Purdue University in 1968 with a BA in Physical Education, and Northern Illinois University with an MS in Special Education. She spent one year teaching gym in Hartford, Wisconsin, and seven years teaching gym at St. Charles High School. After moving back to Champaign, Molly began teaching Special Education at Centennial High School. She taught for another 30 years before an infection forced her to retire.
When Illinois again allowed girls to compete on school teams in 1973, Molly began coaching basketball and volleyball at St. Charles. Molly began coaching Girls’ basketball at Centennial the year she was hired. She also coached Girls’ basketball at Jefferson for many years. In the 1980's Molly started coaching Special Olympics athletes. She coached as many as ten different Special Olympic sports a year, including basketball.
Since she was the daughter of an Illini coach and athletic director, Molly loved watching and going to Illini games. She was very proud to see her dad’s picture raised to the rafters of the Assembly Hall.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Molly on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at El Toro's on West Springfield, Champaign, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your memories and pictures to share.
Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.