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Mildred "Millie" Harrison

August 17, 1928 — July 13, 2021

Mildred "Millie" Avis (Brannan) Harrison, 92, of Livingston, Montana, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Livingston HealthCare. Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 28 at Livingston Christian Center with Pastor Kraig Hayden officiating. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow the service. Graveside committal and burial will be in Pilot Rock, Oregon, at a later date.Millie was born on August 17, 1928, in Oroville, WA. She was the daughter of Gladys (Short) and Harold Brannan. She received her education through 8th grade in Wenatchee, WA and through High School in Pilot Rock, OR.On April 29, 1947, Millie was united in marriage to Robert "Kay" Harrison, at Pendleton, Oregon. They shared fifty-eight years of marriage. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Jim, Dean, and David. Millie, Kay and their family resided in Pilot Rock, OR for 12 years. They lived in Walla Walla, WA, 6 years and West Yellowstone, MT, 10 years. With their sons grown, Kay sold his logging business, and he and Millie settled in Livingston for 13 years. In September, 1989 they moved to Portland, OR, where they managed a large apartment complex for 6 years before moving back to Pilot Rock, OR, to retire in 1995. By 2000, son Dean and his wife Shirley moved from Idaho to Pendleton to be able to help Kay and Millie, along with Shirley's parents, who also lived in Pendleton. They were a tremendous help to their parents for over 18 years.Millie, Kay and the boys enjoyed countless large family get-togethers during their years in Pilot Rock and Walla Walla. In West Yellowstone they snowmobiled during the winters with their many new friends. Summers were spent camping by Hebgen Lake. When their sons were grown, Millie and Kay enjoyed several winters travelling in the southwest, on the west coast, and to Mexico. They camped in their trailer and visited friends at their destinations. For two winters they rented houseboats with friends, boating and fishing on Lake Powell one year, and Lake Mead the next year. Millie was a Bluebird leader in Pilot Rock and loved working with all the girls. She attended Beauty School and worked as a beautician for a short while in Walla Walla. She gave family and friends haircuts and permanents for many decades. Millie was on a bowling league in West Yellowstone. She and Kay were members of the Pilot Rock Bridge Club and a Pinochle Group. Millie accepted Jesus as her Savior in 1980. She became an active member of Livingston Christian Center where she made many friends. After retiring in 1995, Millie became a member of the Pilot Rock Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon for a few years. She returned to Livingston in May, 2018, to live at the Livingston Health & Rehabilitation Center.Millie enjoyed sewing, acrylic painting, creative projects using dried flowers, shells, and toll painting, gardening, and small carpentry projects. She loved playing scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, and in later years doing word search puzzles. She was a master of words. When she had her grandchildren or her Pastor's children stay in her home, she taught them how to paint a picture or do some other creative project, and they would play scrabble and other games for hours. She was extremely talented at building and furnishing doll houses (some with electric lights) and shadowbox doll-size rooms. In her 80's she was still building dollhouses for friends. One friend asked her to build a dollhouse as a fundraiser for Landon's Lookout. During Millie's 3+ years at the Livingston Health & Rehabilitation Center her favorite project was working on jigsaw puzzles. She loved greeting and sometimes teasing some of the residents and the employees who worked with her at the center. She had great wit throughout her life. Millie especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend.Millie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kay in 2005; siblings Gilbert "Speedy" Brannan, Carl Brannan, and Vella Garrison; and brother-in-law, Wallace Harrison. She is survived by her three sons; Jim (Karen) of Livingston, Dean (Shirley) of Las Vegas, NV, and David (Shawna) of Los Alamos, NM; 7 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a few great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Shirley Brannan and Helen Harrison and brother-in-law Bill Garrison; and many nieces and nephews and their families, and many other relatives and friends.Memorials may be made in Millie's name to Livingston Christian Center, 1400 Mount Baldy Drive, Livingston, MT 59047, or to a charity of your choice.
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