Now, it's time for her service to be honored — in a big way.
Mills has brought national fame to herself and this tiny crossroads community in Hernando County as the 2009 winner of the national Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame award. The award celebrates people whose attributes and actions best exemplify qualities of the Energizer Bunny: perseverance, determination and never-quit attitude."
As for collecting the most votes in the online balloting, Mills credited
"my troops, kids in Iraq and Afghanistan, a congressional person, Blue and Gold
Star moms. Everybody who supports the troops alongside me supports me."
(Gold Star mothers are those who have lost an offspring in the military field; Blue
Star Mothers who have an offspring currently serving.)
On the trip to the induction ceremony, which Energizer is paying for her and her husband, Mills
doesn't aim to just bask in the limelight.
"I'm hoping to get some support from other organizations around St. Louis, hoping we'll get some other support
for what we're doing," she said.
As for the $5,000 prize Energizer will award to her favorite charity, Mills echoed the sentiment she expressed when she
learned earlier this year that she had been nominated: "Well, you know what my charity is."