Barbara “Bobbee” Mills Diaz

Barbara Mills Diaz, 97, passed away on May 8, 2020 at The Queen's Medical Center. She was born on October 3, 1922 in Haverhill, Massachusetts where her family home still stands and is on the town's historic register. She met and married her husband George Mills when they were students at Colorado College. After George completed medical school in Boston, they returned to his home in Hawai`i.
Bobbee's infinite positive spirit is remembered by many who spent time at the family home in Punalu`u. In her last years she lived at Kalakaua Gardens where the staff admired her upbeat attitude and sharp mind; she was on the bowling team and was a member of the Bible study group. She loved to read, was a skilled writer, and an expert knitter.
Her contribution to the Hawaiian culture she came to embrace is best described through her work creating the Hawaiian Moon Calendar, the rights of which she gave to the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club to use as their annual fundraiser. Originally drafted in the sixties as a passion project and as a way to immerse herself in the culture of her husband and her new home, it became a familiar fishing and farming guide that to this day hangs in many homes and businesses.
Bobbee is predeceased by her husband George Mills, sons George Mills, Jr. and Kibby Mills, and second husband John Diaz. Bobbee leaves behind her son Kimo (Linda) Mills; daughter Pua (Bill) Ka'ai and grandsons Kahaku and Koa; granddaughter Malie Fernandez; daughter-in-law Ronna Mills; daughter-in-law Nilmah Mills, grandsons Tad (Malia) Mills and Grayson (Tricia) Mills, granddaughter Liz Mills; and great-granddaughters Ada, Paige and Fumiko.

A scattering of her ashes at Punalu`u is pending.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased