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Millie L. Carlson

MILLIE L. CARLSON (nee Foster) age 91, beloved wife of the late Allan; loving mother of Dr. Margaret Carlson (husband Carlton Jones); devoted grandmother of Mac and Libby Dang and great-grandmother of Ethan and Elliott; preceded in death by 4 brothers and 3 sisters; dear aunt and great-aunt of many. Survived by her 2 feline companions.

Millie was born on May 15, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah and passed away on April 18, 2019. She was a resident of Euclid since 1953 after moving from Salt Lake City, Utah. Millie graduated from High School in Salt Lake City and attended University of Utah as a music major. She was a homemaker and a violinist who played with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 40 years. Millie loved antiquing, gardening and was an art aficionado. She will be remembered most as a strong willed, outgoing, social and independent woman with a free spirit. Millie was funny, witty and full of adventure. She will be dearly missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Millie to Verb Ballets 3558 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120.

Celebration of Life Service Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12 Noon at THE FUNERAL HOME. Private burial at Lake View Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Millie at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) WEDNESDAY 3-5 & 6-8 PM.

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  1. I’m very sorry for your loss. I knew Millie for many years, playing in the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. We served on the board together for quite some time. I remember Millie and Pat Harding as stand partners in the second violin section, and they were inseparable. Millie was definitely a free spirit, and a very sweet person.

    • MargaretCarlson

      Thank you Vicki
      Quite a few people from the orchestra attended the viewings and the service. It was lovely to see them. Millie was recovering from hip surgery and then took a sudden turn for the worse. It took us all by surprise.

  2. Maggie and Family, I am SO sorry to hear of Millie’s passing, but I doubt that many people have had as wonderful a life and been such a blessing to so many. I played violin with Millie in the Cleveland Philharmonic orchestra for 36 years, and we had wonderful times making music together and talking on the way to and from rehearsals. During my decades with her on the CPO Board, Millie was always a source of good ideas and generosity. As President, I depended on her for fund-raising and event ideas and was fortunate to help administer several of her acts of generosity, including a most generous grant. I also enjoyed the Cleveland Orchestra several times with tickets given me by Millie, and enjoyed too her hospitality, including a performance in her lovely home by my wife Gusti, who Millie enjoyed and promoted with various organizations. Millie was gracious, engaging, and sometimes surprising with her wit and memories. I remember the rehearsal at my house, when she first mentioned having grown up in Salt Lake City. When I mentioned that city’s Ab Jenkins, once famous holder of almost all world land speed records over long distances, and the tail fin my dad had owned from his famous car, something I thought far from her area of interest, she brightened up and exclaimed, “Bee hive!” That mystified me, until she related how, as a young girl, she used to run down to a nearby service station when he stopped there on his way to the salt flats to set records. I had not known it, but checked photos in a new book. There on that fin was Utah’s bee hive. Millie was full of surprises. I could go on, but will just conclude with my gratitude for the cheer and enrichment she brought to my life among so many others.

  3. Laura Pellegrini

    Maggie I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

    – Washington Irving

  4. Moe & Sharon Woodmansee

    She was quite the lady. We are so grateful we got to know her. Our prayers go out to the family.

  5. I didn’t know her very well, but she was an artist and there was always Music in her voice. She will be missed, but somewhere angels are singing to her.

  6. Maggie So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing Sounds like she had a full life and I am sure you will miss her Although I did not know her I think I see a lot of her in you
    John Bergfeld

  7. Mary Verdi-Fletcher

    So very sorry to hear that Millie has left us, but we are sure she is looking down with the beautiful smile she always had every time we saw her. She was a talented and loving friend.

  8. Dear members of the Carlson family. I am saddened to hear of Millie’s passing. I offer my deepest condolences. She was a staunch supporter, board member and musician with the Cleveland Philharmonic, and I have fond memories of her in all capacities.

    I am unable to attend the service as I have a concert at 11:30 AM at CSU on April 25th, but please know that my thoughts are with the family.

  9. Leigh Ann Hudacek

    “We shall not cease from exploration
    and the end of all our exploring
    will be to arrive where we started
    and know the place for the first time.”
    – T. S. Eliot

    Millie is and always will be unforgettable! She was a huge force of nature in a petite frame…always independent, fiercely passionate about her beliefs and incredibly funny. She will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathy to Maggi and family. Much love to all, Leigh Ann Hudacek

  10. I’m so grateful I got to know Millie. Her support for the arts has helped foster many great talents. With deep respect, my condolences to you Maggie & Carlton. Love Dan R.

  11. I am so sorry, Maggie. I just saw the notice. I am so sorry for your loss and sorry to lose Millie. She was a great lady and always delightful. She lived a full life and I guess that’s all we can ask for. My deepest sympathies, Maggie.
    Bernice Sharpe

  12. On behalf of The GreeneWorks Project and TRI C Creative Arts Dance Academy Staff Students Mother Char and myself . We are all Saddened to hear of the lost of your Beautiful and Loving Mother . I am sending Prayers love and care to you and yours at this time . We love you Dearly Miss Margaret Carlson.

    Peace and blessings
    Terence Greene

  13. Although Millie and I lived at the far reaches of suburbs on opposite sides of Cleveland, I loved and cherished her as my best friend during our countless decades of membership in The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. It was in 1997 that we were each struck with the possibility that at some time off in the future a conversation might occur that included a reference to “The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra” and to which a participant’s response might be “When was that? I’ve never heard of them.” With a realization of just that possibility, making sure that the Philharmonic’s already sixty years of rich history in Cleveland would be professionally documented and published became our major and joyous undertaking. Author Robert Finn’s articulately researched and comprehensive book “Symphonic Journey, Con Amore” was completed and published in 2003; and in October, dear Millie arranged for and supplied a most beautifully-set buffet lunch at the Gwinn Estate where the book-signing event for Mr. Finn took place.
    Millie dear, I love you still and always will…

  14. COL (Ret) John J. Braham, IV and Mrs Pantiya Braham

    Maggie, Kai and I were so sorry to hear of Millie’s passing. She was a wonderful violinist who my Mother loved playing with. It was a lifetime of friendship that took on many roles. I especially liked buying ties from her when she was in that line of work. She had an excellent sense of color coordination.
    With Deepest Regards, Your Friends
    John & Kai

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