Katherine Louise “Kay” (Coffin) Mills was born in Ashland, Maine on February 24, 1917. Her parents, Lawrence Smith Coffin and Katherine (Trafton) Coffin, were potato farmers in Aroostook County. She attended Colby College, became a teacher at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine, and knew Margaret Chase Smith well. Her husband, S. Peter Mills, II, was U.S. Attorney for Maine. Her children include: Paul Mills, S. Peter Mills, III, Dora Ann Mills, Janet Mills, and David Mills.
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