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Cassandra Lynn Mills, 31 of Park Rapids, formerly of Seattle, Wash., tragically died of a brain aneurysm on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones at Essentia Health, in Fargo, N.D.

Cassandra was born Dec. 23, 1981 in Seattle, Wash. to Richard and Joella (Moss) Shupe. It was in Seattle that Cassandra attended public schools and grew into womanhood. As a young woman she worked at Chuck E Cheese gladly bringing happiness and pizza to many families. She moved to Park Rapids in 2000.

On April 9, 2005, Cas-sandra was married to William Mills in Park Rapids. This union was blessed with three children, Joshua, Xavior, and Kalyanna.

In addition to caring for her family, Cassandra worked as a waitress at West 40 for several years and also the Wild Loon on Main street.

Cassandra loved working with the arts. She was very adept at working with crafts, photography, and loved to make clothes for kids. For a number of years she has struggled with health issues, including fibromyalgia, but she would not surrender to the limitations it attempted to put on her life. She loved to play dress up with her daughter and truly loved being a mother. She definitely lived life to the fullest.

Cassandra will be lovingly remembered by her children Joshua Garas of Grand Rapids, Xavior and Kalyanna Mills who both live in St. Cloud; mother, Joella Shupe of Park Rapids; two sisters, Apryl (Gary) Brugman of Park Rapids and Tammy Nicks of Park Rapids; her favorite brother, Patrick Shupe of Park Rapids; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Cassandra was preceded in death by her dad in 2008 and her grandparents.

Funeral service: was held 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Park Rapids Assembly of God Church with Rev. Tim Wilson and Rev. Art Wood officiating. Cassandra's sister, Apryl Brugman sang "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone" and friend, Lacy Higgins sang, "I'll Be There." Eulogies where given by her son, Joshua Garas and her niece, Breonna Cormier.

Casket bearers: Patrick Shupe, Tammy Nicks, Zack Flannigan, William Mills, Jamie Super, Bob Johnson and Gabe Johnson.

Interment: next to her father, Richard Shupe, at Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.

Visitation: was held starting at 1 p.m. on Monday at the church.

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