Kia Noelle Mills

Kia Noelle Mills, an only child, was born to Jacqueline and Lincoln Tucker on September 16, 1976 in Alexandria, Virginia. She passed into God’s loving care on July 16, 2019. Kia attended public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia and graduated with honors in 1994.  During her senior year, she became a published poet and a member of Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students and National Dean’s list. Growing up, Kia was an avid soccer player and had the good fortune of being selected for traveling teams which took her to many places in the United States and Canada.

After obtaining an academic scholarship, Kia went off to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Here she met and fostered endearing and lifelong friendships.  Also, it was here that she was inducted into Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society, volunteered/ mentored in the community and later graduated cum laude in 1998. Next, Kia matriculated and obtained a Master’s Degree in Child Developmental psychology from George Mason University in 2000.  She set her sights on a doctorate in that field and thus was accepted into Fordham University’s doctoral program. Prior to earning that degree, she obtained an additional Master’s Degree at Fordham in child psychology.  

In the early 2000’s, Kia continued to hone her skills as a counselor while working with special needs children in Fairfax County Schools and while doing outside counseling of children and adults.  At one place of employment, she was instrumental in helping them to receive a research grant from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was also an active member of Spelman’s alumnae, Washington, DC chapter.  It was in 2008 that she married Michael Anthony Mills and stepped devotedly into her new role as a wife and stepmom to Alexander, now a corporal in the United States Marines and to Caleb, soon to be Towson University freshman.  While at this time, she maintained her perseverance for that ultimate goal of getting a PhD. This took her to Connecticut to successfully complete an internship at The Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital, one of the first mental health centers in the United States.  Later, while working as a psychologist on staff at Accotink Academy Learning Center, in Springfield, Virginia there were two major events: Kia did earn that doctorate in 2011 and she gave birth to baby boy, Justin Tucker Mills in 2013. From 2016 to 2019, Kia, now a clinical psychologist, worked as a Behavioral Specialist II for the Community Service Board of Fairfax County.  She was part of a team to determine which mental health services were to be assigned to those in need. Throughout it all, Kia was plagued by many serious health issues; however, she would never let this act as a deterrent and she never complained.

As her son Justin grew, Kia developed a passion for party planning and decorating as evidenced by her creative ideas used at events for family and friends. She enjoyed this as much as her career!  Also, Kia loved to travel and relished in making detailed copious lists that included every single item for her to take. During her life, she was fortunate to reach many states, Jamaica, other Caribbean islands, Mexico, Hawaii and Europe.

Kia was an immensely dedicated wife and mother. Her sense of humor and infectious laugh made others desirous of her company and delighted to be in her presence.  All benefited from her infinite strength, tremendous courage, kindness, perception, and care.

Funeral services for Kia will take place at Greater Little Zion Baptist Church, 10185 Zion Drive, Fairfax, Virginia  22003 on Saturday July 27, 2019 at 11:30 am. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park. Donations may be made in her name to the Immune Deficiency Foundation at


                                 Dr. Kia Noelle Mills  – A moment in our lives…

                                                                        forever in our hearts


48 Responses to Kia Noelle Mills

  1. Gloria Allen says:

    Kia will be missed but memories of her will live forever. Kia was so courageous and never gave up while battling her health challenges. I love you Kia.

    • Jacqui says:

      Many thanks to you all for the following many wonderful tributes to our daughter, Kia Noelle.

      May God bless you,
      The Tucker and the Mills families

  2. Jennyfer Holmes says:

    Kia’s bestfriendship, sisterhood and love is forever a profound blessing in my life.

    • Lenore Banks says:

      Thinking of Kia all the way back to sixth grade reminds me of how precious she was- sensitive yet strong, sweet, smart- a very special young lady. First class all the way.
      What a gift she was! What a gift her family is. Love and prayers to one and all.

  3. Adrienne Wells says:

    What an outstanding and amazing young woman. I sing her praise and glory as I boast that I shared a chapter in her lifetime.
    Love ❤️ and blessings to her wonderful parents, husband, son(s) and family. Kia will be missed and continually loved.

  4. Cricket Camp says:

    To the loving family of Kia Tucker Mills:

    We have prayed for Kia throughout her courageous fights and have loved sharing time with her and her loving family.
    She is now in the care of the Father and while we take comfort in that…we will miss her forever!
    Cricket & Charles Camp

  5. Cricket Camp says:

    To the loving family of Kia Tucker Mills:

    We have prayed for Kia throughout her courageous fights and have loved sharing time with her and her precious family.
    She is now in the arms of the Father and while we take comfort in that…we are incredibly sad & will miss her forever!
    Love to you all,
    Cricket & Charles Camp

  6. Leslie & Clare Campbell says:

    My condolences to Lincoln & Jacquelin Tucker , her husband Michael Mills her sons & the entire family in the passing of your beloved daughter, wife and mother. Kia has fought a good fight.
    Trust in the Lord with all your hearts, I pray strength for the family during this difficult time.

  7. Danielle Holmes Heath says:

    My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after learning about the loss of Kia. May you forever treasure the wonderful times and great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

  8. Nadirah Holmes Banks says:

    I am terribly saddened to learn of this loss. I will always remember Kia’s sweet kind spirit and love the she showed me while I was in college. Kia was a wonderful and beautiful woman. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.

  9. Sandra A Broadnax says:

    Dear Lincoln and Jacqui,
    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May God heal your hurting heart and know that Kia is in heaven with the Angels. Although she is no longer on this earth, she will be in our hearts forever.

  10. Valda Shakespeare says:

    Good morning Lincoln, although I didn’t know Kia personally I know about her though you. So sorry for your loss. She has accomplished and given so much. Her accomplishments are incredible. I know how hard it is to deal with losing our love ones. I encourage you to let the sweet, precious memories sustain you. Let the special unique moments warm your hearts and bring a smile to your face in due time…

  11. Adamu and Jupiter Musa says:

    My wife, Jupiter and I never got to meet Kia in person, but through her loving father Lincoln Tucker who’s our friend, we learned that she was beautiful inside and out. Each time we met, Lincoln spoke about his daughter in such endearing terms that we couldn’t help falling in love with her. We were all waiting for an opportunity to meet her someday but unfortunately, our Omniscient Father in Heaven decided otherwise. May God grant Kia eternal Peace in his bosom and give her loving family and friends she’s leaving behind the strength and faith to bear their painful loss like the believers we know they are. Bless you all.

  12. theresa rankin says:

    Aunt Jaqui and Uncle Linc please know that my heart is heavy as I send you my deepest condolences on the loss of your precious Kia. Please take joy in knowing that Kia’s strong will and zest for life afforded her an amazing life, accomplishing more in such a short time than most people will in a whole lifetime. May God Bless and Keep you and may Kia’s Wings forever embrace, protect and comfort you throughout your days…knowing that she lives on forever in our hearts.

    Rest In Peace Kia

    With Love,


  13. Lillian and Alvin Holmes says:

    Our hearts and very souls weep for the loss of Kia’s physical presence, especially in the lives of you – Jacqui and Lincoln, and Mike and Justin, as well as her Sister Friend Jennyfer. We do not weep as those with no hope; for we have that blessed assurance that Kia is in the glory of the LORD. My Sunday morning women’s prayer group and my Wednesday Bible Book Club prayed for Kia during her courageous journey. With fond memories, we remember the year of Kia’s externship that she spent in Connecticut, living with Jennyfer. Experiences in church and at social activities will be forever etched in our memories. Kia was simply a delight! May the fond memories of your darling Kia and the love of God fill your hearts and sustain you. Our prayer is that God will grant you His peace.
    Peace and Blessings,
    Lillian and Alvin Holmes

    • Sidney, Marilyn & Andrea Wray says:

      Dear Lincoln and Jacqui,
      Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your daughter- Dr. Kia Tucker Mills. At this time there are no words comforting and that is understandable. Please know that we are here for you. Kia is now home and out of pain. She is with the heavenly Father. You raised a remarkable woman. May she rest in peace.

  14. Sidney, Marilyn & Andrea Wray says:

    Dear Lincoln & Jacqui,
    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your daughter- Dr. Kia Tucker Mills.
    At this time there are no comforting words and that is understandable. Please know that we are here for you. Kia is now home and out of pain. She feasts with our heavenly Father above knowing that she will be with you again one day.
    You raised a remarkable woman. May she rest in peace.

  15. Christina Ng Di Marco says:

    I remember Kia from our days at Lake Braddock. Some of my fondest and happiest memories are spending time with her. Everyone liked Kia–she was smart, beautiful, and most of all kind. I am so saddened to hear of her passing, and I wish her eternal peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones through this difficult time.

    With love,
    Christina Ng Di Marco

  16. Carolyn & James McKissic says:

    What a blessing Kia was to all who knew her. We will always admire and remember her courage and positivity. May God in His infinite grace and mercy continue to bless and give strength to Lincoln and Jacqui and Mike and Justin. Kia is with God and His angels. We love you.

  17. Bode’ & Betsy Adeboyejo says:

    Praying God will show you His love through caring friends, comforting memories, and moments of peace…praying He will give you whatever your hearts need most right now!

    May your beautiful memories sustain and bring you and yours comfort. It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.

    May the God of ALL comfort, comfort your family.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    The Adeboyejos

  18. Kellie A. Ladipo says:

    Kia’s beauty, strength and grace inspired many. May her soul continue to fly high.

    In love and Spelman sisterhood,
    Kellie Alexander Ladipo
    Class of 1998

  19. Winonah Warren says:

    Dear Jacqui, Lincoln and Beloved Husband and Family of Kia. My daughter and I were deeply saddened to learn of Kia’s passing. As neighbors and Friends way back when our girls were really young and we lived in Springfield, Va., the memories remain vivid even after so many years ago. Kia was a beautiful and outstanding little person then, I knew she was destined to excel through her later years. While we knew of her health struggles, she didn’t miss a beat and achieved so much through her powerful loving Spirit and accomplishment in the service to others. Leaving her loved ones behind leaves a hole in our hearts, but it also leaves a legacy of Kia’s Well – Lived and Well – Loved Life. May those memories gently heal and bring peace. Winonah Warren and Andrea Godoy

  20. Alphonso & Lorraine Cain says:

    The Wray & Cain family’s hearts and prayers are with the The Mills & Tucker families as you transition knowing that Kia’s life has touched and brought mountainous love and joy to many and her deposits here on earth will be continually received for generations to come.

    God Bless.


    Alphonso & Lorraine E. Cain
    (Son in law and daughter of Sidney & Marilyn Wray)

  21. Eric Turner & Family says:

    There are moments in human existence that are beyond the expression of words and losing not only a beloved but an only begotten is at the zenith. The sorrow being felt by the Tucker and Mills families, nuclear and extended is evident of the loving and delightful soul Kia was.
    Notwithstanding, her myriad challenges and brevity of life, it’s indeed clear she has lived a purposeful life. Her life has been such a blessing and an ever burning flame to so many; it’s with immense gratitude and love continuous that she remain in our thoughts and memories.

  22. Chimwemwe Munthali says:

    Kia will always be a sister to me after being almost inseparable, planning out how we’d make our marks in the world as tweens and then teenagers and young adults. Humbled to have known and loved her, and pray that she is resting in God’s eternal embrace. My deepest condolences to her husband Michael, her sons, her dear parents, and all those who loved Kia.

  23. jeanne Eader says:

    To Jacqui, Lincoln and family,
    What a beautiful and wonderful woman Kia turned out to be. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this very difficult time. Take care of each other and take comfort in all your wonderful memories together.
    God Bless,

  24. Vernon and Camille Battle says:

    Brother Tucker, We briefly met your lovely daughter and heard much about her through you. By knowing you, we believe she must have been a gracious and loving person. My wife and I are praying for you and Mrs. Tucker that during these times of remembrance and reflection you may be sustained by the peace of God. In the darkest hours, which will pass, He is holding you both in His loving arms. With sincerest condolences to the entire Mills and Tucker families.

  25. Jennifer Depass-Fletcher says:

    My condolences to Lincoln and Jacqueline and Kia’s husband and sons.
    I never met Kia, but I know you were very proud of her and loved her very much.My words cannot fully express the sorrow I felt after learning about your loss. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring you comfort
    May those memories heal and bring you peace.

  26. Allison Taite says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, Michael, Alexander, Caleb and Justin,

    My heart is heavy for you. I am so sorry for your loss. Kia and I were classmates at Spelman. I will never forget her infectious smile, laugh, zest for life, and the care and concern she showed for those who were blessed to cross her path! I will never forget Kia.

    “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26

    Praying for your comfort.

    Allison Taite, Spelman ’98


    Dear Jaquie,

    i am sending you strenght in a hug that cannot truly express what I feel for you now. I know there are no words. so I hope you can find peace in silence and memories.

  28. Bert Thomas says:

    Truly a phenomenal woman. A mother, wife and true friend to so many. She touched many lives and was my very best friend in college. Her spirit and smile were unforgettable. A true loss of a beautiful soul. Our memories will last beyond our existence.
    Bert Thomas
    Morehouse College class of 1997

  29. Brandon Pollard says:

    The perfect role model to look up to. Despite all the hard trials she has come across never slowed her down. No obstacles stopped ger from what she wanted to do. I love you and miss you so much cuz

  30. John Karickhoff, M.D. says:

    Jacqueline and Lincoln,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most sad time. May your faith, friends, family, church, and time somehow lesson your sadness and loss.
    John Karickhoff, M.D.

  31. David, Judy, & Malachi Tucker Reynolds says:

    Good bye Tucker Rose… your candle burnt out loooonnngggg before your memory ever will. Some sweet day we will all meet with Jesus and shout Hallelujah forevermore. We pray, we hope, we trust your sweet smile and gentle demeanor will remain in our hearts for ever. Love you Uncle Lincoln and Aunt Jacqui. Praying much for the family. Sleep in Peace cuz…. your candle burnt out long before your memory every will. May Jesus bless and comfort. Nuff love and respect.

  32. Chris & Nadine Tucker says:

    Lincoln, Jacqui, Michael & family, praise God from whom all blessings flow. Kia was an amazing daughter, wife, mother, cousin, niece, co-worker and above all Christian. She fought a great battle and she gave it her all. As with everything, she gave her BEST. We, your family is praying, fasting and we’re here for you 100%. You’re not alone on this journey. We are many that stand with you. God is your creator and your strength during this time. We Love and admire your courage and you have our full support.

  33. Taofeek Bello, RN BSN says:

    As her nurse for many years, only few patients would be able to have as much influence and impact in my life. I will forever miss your smiles Dr. Kia.

  34. Sonia M. Penso says:

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

  35. Jean Scott Diggs says:

    Dear Jacqui, Lincoln, Michael and Justin: Your precious Kia was a gift given by God to enrich your lives. Her unique story is written indelibly in your hearts and in others who knew and loved her. May the joy she brought each of you be etched forever in your hearts. Sincerely, Jean and Bob Diggs

  36. Camille & Morris Brown says:

    Dearest Jacqui, Lincoln, Michael, Justin, and family…
    We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy for the loss of your precious Kia. She was an example and inspiration to others while exhibiting grace, strength, courage, and zeal. She achieved so much in spite of extreme challenges. We will always remember her infectious smile, caring heart, creative gifts, and relentless spirit. May you find comfort in the words and acts of kindness from supportive friends and family.

  37. Kenneth Jeffrey and Family says:

    Lincoln, the Tucker and Mills families are in our prayers. May God Continue to strengthen you all as you go through this bereavement. God bless!

  38. James Reed,MD. says:

    Lincoln and Jacqueline , we will always remember Kia as a beautiful , smart and kind person , a graceful soul who will be missed. Our deepest sympathy. Dr. James and Gloria Reed.

  39. Lenore Banks says:

    I remember Kia all the way back to sixth grade as a very sweet yet strong young lady. What an exceptional treasure! So accomplished. What a precious gift she was. My heart goes out to Jacqui and Lincoln- to Kia’s whole family. Praying for comfort in the celebration of her beauty inside and out.

  40. Ayana Dixon says:

    Kia, you have concentrated on the living and the loving and the supporting of family and friends, and on leaving your mark on this world, in both large and small ways, and now…you can do whatever you want to do. Most will not understand this—but some will always remember! You were your sister’s keeper. Praying comfort for your family, friends and loved ones. Rest In Peace my Spelman sister.

  41. Bruce and Tamara Mills and Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sending deepest condolences and prayers. May the LORD comfort and strength you and your family during this difficult time.

  42. Robert Banks says:

    Dearest Mrs. Tucker,

    My heart aches over the passing of your precious, remarkable, and dearly cherished daughter, Kia. Goodness, what a magnificent life she lived, and an eternal legacy she has left. Her extensive accomplishments, and her almost innumerable talents and gifts have touched so many lives, and have inspired even more.

    Please let me know if i can do anything for you, dear Mrs. Tucker. You are a forever joy to me. Forever.

    Rest well, precious and dearly loved Kia.

    Well done.

  43. Christina Hayes Miller says:

    We were roommates for only one semester and I never got to tell you how much I appreciated the gesture. I regret that we were not closer, but I will always remember you as kind, smart, and determined. You will be missed dearly.

    To the family and friends of Kia,
    I know that her loss has left a very large space in your world that she once physically occupied. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that she was loved beyond your circle and her influence will be felt far and wide

  44. Joy Garner Sturdivant says:

    Kia was such a lovely person. Her bright eyes and smile warmed every room. I remember her fondly as part of the royal court representing Virginia during Morehouse’s homecoming in King’s Chapel. Now her soul is with rest with the King of kings. May God bless and comfort her loved ones.

    Joy Garner Sturdivant
    Spelman College, Class of 1998

  45. Hambrice family says:

    I only knew Kia as a young girl but knew her as an adult through her adoring father. May I be so fortunate as to have my own daughter grow to be so loving, so kind, so generous with her heart and so accomplished. I know Lincoln and Jacqui, Michael and Alexander, Caleb and Justin will find peace in celebrating the life of their daughter, wife and mother.

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