Community honors life of teenager


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1380858532&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4405789&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1380858532 type=script]BUHL. Ala. (WIAT)- Olivia Mills family loves to sing. Two of her older sister sing in the church praise band, but Olivia was a little more shy. “Olivia would never sing for us,” said her sister, Leah Kathryn Venable. Olivia’s father enjoyed the moments when his youngest daughter did not know she had an audience. “My favorite time hearing her sing was when she was in the shower upstairs,” said Tim Mills. “Always praise songs.”

Olivia Mills, 17, passed away Sunday, after a weeklong battle following a car wreck on her way to church. She was a senior at Sipsey Valley High School, and was a very popular student. “When we finally realized that it was time for her to go, we just sang to her,” said her mother, Lisa Mills.

According to her mother, Olivia’s biggest fear was not enough people were hearing her message. Her mother said, “Her greatest frustration in life was that she felt she wasn’t reaching enough people for Christ.” Hundreds of people turned out to a memorial at the SVHS gymnasium Thursday night for praise and worship, giving Olivia the fulfillment she felt she lacked in life. “There’s scriptures in the Bible that say rejoice always,” her father said. “I always imagined how would you rejoice when tragedy struck, like this losing your child or losing your daughter.” He adds the spreading of Olivia’s message gave him a reason to rejoice. Her mother finds comfort in knowing her daughter is watching with a smile on her face. “We know that she’s in Heaven with the Jesus that she loves.”

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