Christian 11
Official Obituary of

Mary Esther (Steele) Mills

November 18, 1935 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Mary Mills Obituary

Mary Esther Steele Foster Mills, 88, of Kannapolis died Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Tucker Hospice House following a period of declining health.  Mary was born on November 18, 1935 in Rowan County, NC., a daughter of the late Earl H. and Rena Carter Steele. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband , Bennie Ray Mills and 2 brothers, Bobby and Sonny Steele.

A funeral service for Mary will be held at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 11 with Rev. Timothy Walters officiating.  The family will receive friends at Whitley’s Funeral Home from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Monday prior to the funeral.  Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park.

Mary was employed by Cannon Mills for 36 years in #6 Weave Room and then the Bleachery Dept. She was a faithful member of Genesis Baptist Church and former member of West A Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she taught the Teen and the Senior Adults Sunday school classes. She was a former choir member, VBS director, Ladies Auxiliary and helper at youth camp. She was Mother of the year in 2012 at Genesis Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Terry Foster (Terri) of Kannapolis, and Chuck Foster (Julie) of Charlotte, her daughter, Denise Johannes of Kannapolis, her sisters; Brenda Belk (Ralph) of Landis and Jeanie Deese of Monroe. 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 42 Lisk Ave. NW, Concord NC, 28027 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus Co. 5005 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis NC, 28083

Online condolences may be left at

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Esther (Steele) Mills, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Mary Esther (Steele) Mills?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Mary's memory.


March 11, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home
1748 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard
Kannapolis, NC 28083

Funeral Service
March 11, 2024

2:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel
1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd.
Kannapolis, NC 28083


Carolina Memorial Park
601 Mt. Olivet Road
Kannapolis, NC 28083


© 2024 Whitley's Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility