Mildred “Millie” Hanlon (1915-2017)

Mildred “Millie” Hanlon
May 15, 1915 – May 19, 2017 

Mildred Adair Hanlon, born in Creighton, Louisiana and widow of Dr. Jack Hanlon, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2017, at McLeod Hospice, Little River, South Carolina. While visiting her “east coast family,” complications following a bad fall led to her unexpected passing. With family in attendance and lucid until the end, Millie was grateful to know that she had a friend in Jesus and was going home.

Mildred loved her family and her church, life and friends, traveling and adventure, the beach and babies.

She picked cotton as a child in Louisiana, went to college, coached her basketball team to the regional tournament, and butchered the chickens that rural country doctor Jack brought home as payment. At 90 she was still picking up the “old ladies” (76 and 82) who needed a ride to church. She crossed parasailing and hot air ballooning off her bucket list in her 80’s, but never did get to bungee jumping or hang gliding. Until her recent fall, Millie actively participated in water aerobics at her local YMCA.  After 64 years in Pittsburgh she moved to O’Fallon, Illinois, where a new home of opportunity and friends was created.  An eternal optimist, you could always count on Millie for a smile and a helping hand. Her final advice for us all is “love your family and friends, and Don’t Fall!”

Mildred was predeceased by Jack Hanlon, her devoted husband of 46 years and Karen Miller, her beloved younger daughter.  Surviving are her loving daughter Linda (Doug) Yennie and son-in-law Terry Miller. Grandchildren Stacie (Rick) Frost, Shannon (Jeff) Ferguson, Travis (Tara) Miller, Brandon Miller, and Austin (Mandy) Miller were her joy.  Millie counted her 14 great grandchildren as icing on the cake!

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Community Feed My Lambs Program, care of Kerry Turk, 904 Woodlake Court, O’Fallon, IL 62269, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Grand Strand Funeral Home will assist the family with arrangements.  No public service will be held.