Helen Alexis Rusgis Mills, 81 of Fairfield, wife of the late Leslie "Jerry" Mills, died Jan. 14, 2010.

Born in Bridgeport to the late Anthony and Veronica Rusgis, she was a lifelong area resident. A graduate of Central High School, Mills was a freelance writer and a bookkeeper throughout her career.

She is survived by a brother, Stanley Rusgis of Bridgeport; a niece, Susan Ernsky Long of Newtown, Pa.; a nephew, Gerald Ernsky of Webster Groves, Mo.; five great nieces and nephews; as well as her best friends, August and MaryAnn Firgau of Huntington.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mills was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Rusgis; and sister, Lillian Rusgis Ernsky.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at the Southport Congregational Church; interment will follow in the church's memorial gardens.

The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield, is in charge of the arrangements. To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanksfuneralhome.com