Mildred Ellen Church, 91, of Garden City, SC, passed away December 23, 2017 at Tidelands Hospital in Murrells Inlet. She is predeceased by three loving husbands, Arnold White Sr., Bernard Jacobs, and Richard Church, as well as a daughter, Theresa Harrison.
She is survived by her children, Cynthia Cough (Charles) of Somerset, PA, Arnold White (Beth Lueck) of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Stephen White (Sherry) of Surfside, SC, as well as 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, as well as several stepchildren and their families.
She was born in 1926 in Albert Leon, MN, and then moved with her family to a farm in Iowa, She graduated H.S. and then moved to Ohio during WWII to work for the defense department as a secretary to a general. There she met and married a serviceman, Arnold B. White Sr. They had four children and eventually settled in Syracuse, NY. Arnold died at age 39. She met and married a dentist, Dr. Jacobs, who succumbed to leukemia at age 58. She then married the widower of a co-worker, Dick Church. After a long retirement in Florida and DeRuyter Lake, NY, Dick passed away and she lived the rest of her life in Garden City near her two sons.
"Millie" volunteered as a school secretary at St. James Middle School where she quickly became indispensable and well known to staff, parents, and kids. She worked 40 hours a week for 7-8 years at the school, in her late 70's and 80's. She was recognized as a finalist for the Sun News volunteer of the year in 2005. After her 2nd retirement, she led a relatively healthy final decade at home. She had many friends in the area and family visits were common.
A celebration of her life will be held at her home 12:00 PM Saturday, December, 30th.
Condolences may be made at www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.
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Miss Millie was a very special lady. She took a piece of our heart. We will cherish the great memories we had over the years. You will never be forgotten.❤️❤️❤️
Submitted by Mike & Tammy Perreault on Jan 7 2018 08:04:22 PM
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BARBARA JOHNSTON lit a candle on Dec 29 2017 10:51:55 AM
Oh Miss Millie, you will forever be missed. Such a special lady with so much love in her heart for so many people. I will treasure all of the wonderful memories I have of times spent with you. I am a better person for knowing you. I love you now and always. Heaven is blessed to have you now. I know you are in the arms of many loving angels who will take great care of you.❤
Submitted by Barbara Johnston on Dec 29 2017 10:50:28 AM
Our sympathy to her family! Millie always had the warmest smile! Hugs and prayers!
Submitted by Dick & Cheri Miller on Dec 29 2017 10:44:32 AM
We send our sympathy to the family at this time of loss. We will remember Millie as a strong and independent woman who kept her positive approach to life throughout the years. We have wonderful memories of family times at DeRuyter Lake, including the Labor Day boat parade around the lake, winning first prize for boat decorations! Millie leaves a legacy of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who cherish her memory.
Sincerely, John and Pat Linehan
Submitted by John and Pat Linehan on Dec 29 2017 09:00:57 AM
Miss Millie was one amazing special lady that touched my heart and life in so many ways.... I just loved her.... We always laughed together about special things that only the two of us related to😄😄😄😄 love you lots Miss Millie and I will always remember the great advice you always gave me!!!!! Kathy
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