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Mildred ‘Millie’ Bostrom

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VICTOR - Mildred "Millie" Bostrom died peacefully, of natural causes, on Jan. 27, 2011, at Kathy's Place, an assisted living home in Florence. She was 95.

Millie was born in Defeated, Tenn., on June 18, 1915, to Maude Militon McDonald and Beva Phillips McDonald. She was the youngest of six children. After graduation from Knoxville High School, she began a long secretarial career. She especially enjoyed working as secretary to the director of research and statistics at the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants Union in Pressman's Home, Tenn., a position she held before and again after World War II.

When the Navy formed the WAVES, Millie enlisted, serving from 1943 through 1945. She was stationed in Washington, D.C., and in Hawaii, achieving the rank of Yeoman 1st Class. Millie is a charter member of Women in Military Service for America.

While living in Denver, Millie met L.G. "Larry" Bostrom of Minneapolis, at a church picnic. They were married in 1950. Larry's employment with Mountain Bell Telephone required frequent transfers. The couple intermittently called Denver, Salt Lake City, and Helena home. In Helena, for 12 years, Millie held her all-time favorite position with the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

While traveling between Denver and Helena, they discovered "a beautiful valley with its mild winters." Upon retirement in 1979, they settled into the Bitterroot Valley on Red Crow Road in Victor.

With Larry's untimely passing in 1980, Millie immersed herself in community life and projects, building a home, gardening, sewing, hiking, quilling, hooking rugs and many other creative endeavors. An avid "rock hound," Millie was a founding member of the Hamilton Gem and Mineral Society.

In the community, she generously provided Victor senior citizens with transportation as needed and was a dependable, dedicated volunteer in Mrs. Stephani's first-grade classroom for more than a decade. She skillfully repaired books for the Bitterroot Public Library and, more recently, the Stevensville Public Library. Millie was active in the Victor Community Church for many years before becoming an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton.

Millie will be remembered for her shy smile, her inimitable sense of humor, her love of cats, birds, flowers and chocolate.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, one sister and four brothers.

She is survived by sisters-in-law Irene McDonald of Knoxville, Tenn., and Lois McDonald of Indianapolis, Ind.; and many generations of nieces and nephews living in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Kansas and Washington.

Niece Georganne McDonald of Spokane, Wash., who was with Millie at the time of her death, extends special thanks on behalf of the family to Dr. Rob Downey, Florence Family Practice; to the staff of Bitterroot Valley Living Center, where Millie resided for three years; to Millie's caregivers at Kathy's Place; and to Kathy Porter.

Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville has honored Millie's request to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Victor Community Church, with the Rev. Robert J. McDonald, of Indianapolis, (nephew of Millie Bostrom) and the Rev. Dan Huggans offciating. Military honors and burial will take place immediately following the service at the Victor Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorial contributions to the Victor School Foundation: P.O. Box 1047, Victor, MT, 59875.

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