On April 30, 2003, with Lyn and Fred at her side, Millie was reunited at last with her husband Al and son Jim. Miss Millie, as her great grandchildren called her, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 27, 1919. One of three sisters who married three brothers. Millie, Al and their two children moved to Terrace, B.C. in 1954. Predeceased by the love of her life in 1962, Millie continued on as a practical nurse at Mills Memorial hospital for 35 years. After retirement she moved to the Island to be close to her grandchildren. In 1994, after suffering a stroke, Millie still insisted on being independent and living on her own. To the people of Chemainus who saw her walking everyday and stopped to say hello, the staff at the CIBC and the 49th Parallel who opened their hearts to her – thank you. Millie is survived by daughter Lyn and son-in-law Fred Simpson, grandchildren Debbie (Rod) of Calgary, Phil (Leanne) of Chemainus and Bob of Nanaimo, great grandchildren Alex, Lee and Matthew of Chemainus, and Bailey, Kelsie and Connor of Calgary. Also Fred’s sister Pat Curtis, sister Zeta of Chemainus and brother-in-law Harry of Langley and many more relatives and friends across the country. Millie’s life would not be complete without a special thank-you to Ken Pettapiece for his compassion and caring over the years, the Home Support staff who came in every day while she was still at home, and all the special nurses at Ladysmith Hospital who gave her dignity in the last 4 weeks of her life-THANK YOU.
A Memorial Service was held on Monday May 5, 2003 @ 1:00 p.m. at the Chemainus Rotary House 2828 Pine Street. A private ceremony will be held at a later date in Terrace when Millie’s, along with her son Jim’s ashes, will be laid to rest with her husband.
“Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me”
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