Winnie Triplett Mills was born in 1924 on a farm without running water in Cleveland, TN and was one of seven children of James and Nora Fitzsimmons. When her mother died, she was raised by her sister Lillie and started school when she was five. She had to stand on a box to reach the blackboard. Winnie was a graduate of Chattanooga Central High School, the Chattanooga School of Business, and the Tennessee Beauty School. She worked for over 40 years as executive secretary to the President of the Ernest Holmes (wrecker) Company in Chattanooga where husband John Triplett was an engineer and purchasing agent. They are in many photographs in the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, and they had two children, Professor Joan Easterly, Ph.D., of Knoxville and engineer John Triplett, M.S., of Cleveland. Known for her sense of fashion, dress size 6, and size 4 shoes, Winnie modeled fashions for Margaret Ball White of Cleveland when she retired. She enjoyed entertaining family and trips to Hawaii, Europe, and Asia. Widowed after 50 years of marriage to John, she wed widower and fellow church member Don Mills and entered assisted living when he died. A woman of faith, Winnie served as choir member, training union leader, and Sunday School teacher.