Annie Rea (Park) Hardy Mills was born on November 12, 1918, in Ireland to Agnes Park. Annie and her mother came to the United States when she was three years old on the White Starline Ship. They settled in the Dunlap and Woodbine area where Annie's mother was a housekeeper for her Uncle Tom Park. Annie went to country school and then Dunlap Public School. Annie's mother married Bill Stump. Annie worked for area families in the area. On November 21, 1936, Annie married Harold Hardy at the Congregational Church in Dunlap. The couple farmed in the Dunlap area and later moved into Woodbine and settled on C Street. Annie worked at Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine for 20 years in the housekeeping department. Harold died on May 7, 1985. Annie married Orville Mills in 1989 and he died in 1992.
Annie was a member of the Christian Church in Woodbine. She enjoyed working on the farm with Harold. She also enjoyed taking care of her house and yard as long as she was able.
Annie died Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at the Dunlap Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 96 years, one month and 12 days.
Annie was preceded in death by her mother, step father, two husbands, Harold Hardy and Orville Mills; two sons, Darrell and Elton Hardy; two granddaughters, Brenda and Amy Hardy; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Michael Hardy; and her dog Buddy. Annie is survived by five sons, Arnold Hardy of Moorhead, Iowa, Wayne Hardy and his wife Connie of Woodbine, Iowa, Larry Hardy and his wife Peggy of Woodbine, Iowa, Robbie Hardy and his wife Lorraine of Pocatello, Idaho and Denny Hardy and his wife Cheryl of Woodbine, Iowa; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; half sister, Sarah Nelson and her companion Donald Krajicek of Dunlap, Iowa; her dog, Peanut; and many other relatives and friends.