Archive for Friday, September 29, 2006

Obituary: Esther Claire Millison


September 29, 2006

— Esther Claire Millison, 79, of Basehor, died on Wednesday Sept. 27, 2006, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center. Private funeral services will be held at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Prairie View Cemetery near Alta Vista, Kan. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Tonganoxie Nursing Center in care of the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St. Bonner Springs KS 66012 (913) 422-4074

Mrs. Millison was born on June 20, 1927, in Wabaunsee County, Kan., the third child of "Gus" and Dorothy (Dutton) Pape. She moved with her family to the Basehor community in 1953 where she touched the lives of many of the town's children and their parents.

She brought a personal touch to her job in the elementary school kitchen that included such treats as hand-decorated cookies at Christmas and homemade doughnuts for no apparent special occasion. Later she worked as a custodian at the upper elementary school and still later provided child care from her home. In between she worked for the Mussett family at Basehor View Farm Dairy and decorated many of the community's wedding cakes. Above all, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wayne Millison, in 1991 and by two sons, Charles Millison Jr. in 1949 and Stanley Jay Millison in 1984. Her two sisters, Grace Fiddler and Jean Robison, and two brothers Victor Pape and Harold Pape, also preceded her in death, as did an infant grandson, Robert Millison, and an infant great-grandson, Alexander Chang Lewis. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Lewis of Basehor and Anna Dornbrack of Tonganoxie; two sons, Eric Millison of Tonganoxie and Stephen Millison of Basehor; two brothers Carol Pape of Council Grove, Kan., and Gerald Pape of Tonganoxie; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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