Omita Arneathia Brooks Mills, 86, of Absecon, New Jersey, passed away at Woodview Estates in Mays Landing, New Jersey, on March 2, 2022, after a brief illness. "Mimi", as she was affectionately called was born to Arneathia (nee' Branche) and Junius Clinton Brooks as the youngest of their three children on February 23, 1936, in Farmville, Virginia. She and her family moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey where she became a proud resident of the city's West Side neighborhood. Omita was a long-time member of Atlantic City's Shiloh Baptist Church.
Mimi was known as a woman people could count on. When Mimi believed in a cause or organization, she would join and serve. As a child, she joined The 49ers, a social club that was started by local 8th graders in 1949. In 1954, she graduated from Atlantic City High School and secured a job as a bookkeeper at the Guarantee Bank. This led to a long career with the Guarantee Trust bank where she earned various promotions until she became a Vice President of the bank. In doing so she became Atlantic City's first African-American banker. She retired as Vice President in 2001.
Throughout her banking career Mimi took pride in her work and embraced the opportunity to help members of her community. She received awards and accolades for her high level of customer service and attention to detail. Wherever she went, whether walking around the West Side or riding her bike on the boardwalk, she was known as "That Banker Lady".
Mimi enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She always had a smile and a story for everyone. Gifted with a sharp memory, Mimi loved to reminisce about growing up during Atlantic City's heyday.
While attending her 35th high school reunion, Mimi reconnected with fellow West Sider and former resident of Ohio Avenue, Mortimer "Morty" Mills. They married on Valentine's Day in 1987. He was the love of her life and her life partner for the next 35 years.
Mimi joined Morty in Northern New Jersey until they returned to South Jersey in 2007, and settled in Absecon. They joined The Golden Circle Club of South Jersey where Mimi served as Treasurer. Mimi also joined Morty's family church, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, where she helped raise funds to restore the church building. Mimi faithfully supported numerous charities and causes. She helped Morty create PATA, a foundation that raised money to support the South African Xhosa tribe's efforts to reclaim land lost to apartheid.
Like Morty, Mimi was a self-described, lifelong "beach bum." In addition to attending beach parties in The Inlet, the two enjoyed listening to jazz, and attending social and sporting events. A loving and caring wife, aunt, godmother and friend. Mimi relished being a step-grandmother to Morty's five grandchildren.
Mimi is predeceased by: parents, Arneathia C. (nee' Branche) and Junius Clinton Brooks; brothers, Junius C. Brooks, Jr. and Reid R. Brooks. Mimi is survived by: her devoted husband, Mortimer "Morty" Mills, goddaughter, Angelia Dickens, who she adored; step-daughters, Tracey Mills and Monique Turro (Michael); step-grandchildren Jacqueline Kline (Stephen), Cameron, Angelina, Nicholas and Sophia Turro; nephew, Junius C. Brooks, III (Shelia); and a host of family, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11AM, Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, 1709 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Lincoln Memorial Park, Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City.