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July 30th, 1938 – Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Service Information
Buffalo Assembly of God Church
Friday, February 23rd, 2008

Visitation Information

Mildred ˜Millie™ Mattson (nee Hill), 69, of Buffalo went to be with the Lord peacefully Wednesday February 20th, 2008 surrounded by her loving family. She passed from her daughter™s loving arms into the arms of Jesus at 2AM.

On July 30th, 1938, Leonard and Vera (nee Lindgren) Hill were blessed with a daughter in Elk River, Minnesota, and named her Mildred Genevive Hill. Millie was the youngest of six children and fondly called Gevy by her family as a child. She graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1956 where she was involved with Christian Service, Choir, Monitor, Red Cross, Foreign Missions Club, Antler Staff and Pep Club. The caption under her name in her senior yearbook says, She™d climb the highest mountain for a friend. Millie bypassed her plans for college to live with and care for her sister, Harriet, who fell down a flight of stairs breaking her back and rendering her a paraplegic. Millie married Melvin Hans Mattson in 1960. Millie™s only child, daughter Barb, was born in 1962. Mel and Millie divorced in 1964 and Millie never remarried. She was a self-taught pianist who often played by ear and found great joy playing for her church, family and nursing home residents where here parents lived out their final days. Her gift of music was passed onto her granddaughter, Lisa, who is a flutist. Throughout Millie™s life on earth, she became an accomplished seamstress often sewing her own clothes and her daughter™s clothes. She also enjoyed embroidery and made many quilts combining these two talents. Millie had a great love for animals and enjoyed the company of many pet dogs throughout her earthly life. She enjoyed all things chocolate, found great joy in doing for others and thrived on her personal relationship with the Lord. She took great pride in and found much joy in her grandchildren. Her last years on earth were filled with the suffering that comes with diabetes, lymphatic leukemia, sepsis and stroke. She lived her earthly life always doing the best she could with what she had, looking to scripture and the Lord for strength. Millie is forever freed from her pain and suffering living eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The immediate family would like to acknowledge and express their gratitude to Pastor Bill and Julie Hicks, Guardian Angels Elim Hospice and the staff at Lake Ridge Care Center where Millie lived and was lovingly cared for the last year and a half of her life. Her mind was alert and she had a quick wit to the end. She was always ready with a hug, a smile, words of encouragement and a chocolate to share. Millie captured the hearts of many of her caregivers and will be greatly missed.

Millie is preceded in death by her parents: Leonard and Vera Hill.

She is survived by daughter: Barb (Daryl) Schleif of Corcoran, grandchildren: Lisa Pylka, Rene Pylka and Nathan (Angie Vetsch) Schleif; great-grandson: Austin Schleif; special friends/care-giver: Brittany Raymond and Daisy; siblings: Ethel (Harold) DeYoung, Albert (Eleanor) Sees, Carol (Omer) Marcus, Harriet Widger and June Sundahl; several nephews, one niece, many friends and other family members.

Mama, your kindness, loving spirit, sense of humor and hugs will be forever missed until we are reunited for eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven. I love you and miss you, mama.

Memorial service was held Friday, February 22nd, 2008, at 6pm at the Buffalo Assembly of God Church. Visitation began at 4pm.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Angie, Nate & Austin

    Barb aka Grammie…
    You are in our prayers and thoughts. Our condolences go out to you and your family!!

    We love you very much!!
    Angie, Nate
    & Austin

  2. Jill Pingel

    I was the social worker at Lake Ridge Care Center up until last July. I saw Millie about a month or so ago and she gave me one of her great big hugs. She was always such a dear to me and I appreciated her kindness. I am very sorry for your loss and I know that many people will miss her very much.

    Take Care and God Bless you and your family.

    Jill Pingel

  3. Marie M. (Miller) Doyle

    Barb- I was surprised and saddened to read about your mother’s death. I fondly remember spending time with the both of you in our teens. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Marie M. (Miller) Doyle


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