STURGIS, Mich. — May Lou Millett, 86, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Tuesday evening, May 12, 2009, at Drew’s Place of Coldwater in Coldwater, Mich.
She was born July 31, 1922, in Killbuck, Ohio, a daughter to the late Ray and Helen (Pratt) Roach. Mrs. Millett had resided in Sturgis since 1945, coming from Clair and Grand Rapids, Mich. On March 13, 1942, she married Dr. J. Earl Millett in Grand Rapids. He died Aug. 9, 1980.
Mrs. Millett was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. To say she enjoyed traveling would be an understatement. She traveled all over the world to every continent with the exception of Antarctica. She and her husband’s favorite destination was always Bequia, St. Vincent the Grenadines. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis and the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Millett was a talented self-taught artist and especially loved oil and acrylic painting, jewelry making and stained glass. She had taken many art classes at Glen Oaks Community College.
Mrs. Millett is survived by five daughters, Pamela Ann (Terry) Johnson of Burr Oak, Mich., Mary Candice (Jerry) Suszko of White Pigeon, Mich., Cyndi (Tom) Flaherty of Cape Cod, Mass., Dr. Kerri Lou (Dr. John Polzin) Millett of Sturgis, Mich., and Kelli Sue (Shawn Hinds) Millett of Franklin, Tenn.; one son, Dr. Jeffrey Millett of Sturgis, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, Jon (Marta) Millett of Chili, South America, David (Pam) Millett of Chicago, Ill., Michelle (Matt) Olsen of Vicksburg, Mich., Dr. Chris Johnson of Bancroft, Mike Johnson of Sturgis, Mich., Dr. Amy (Pete) Suszko-Brown of Frankfort, Ill., Dr. Tim Suszko of Fenton, Mich., Taylor Polzin, David Polzin and Matthew Polzin, all of Sturgis, Mich., Joseph Bourcier, Michael Bourcier and Katy Hinds, all of Franklin, Tenn.; identical twin great-granddaughters, Nicole Gabrille and Lauren Elizabeth Millett; one brother, Charles Roach of Roseville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one sister, Martha Bird; and infant brother, Robert Roach.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Mary Lou Millett will be Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, Mich. The Rev. Deb Johnson will officiate. Mrs. Millett’s ashes will be taken to one of her favorite places on Earth, Bequia, St. Vincent the Grenadines.
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes-Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 200 Pleasant Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091; Drew’s Place, 289 E. Perkins St., Coldwater, MI 49036; or the Hospice organization of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.