TRAVERSE CITY — Millicent Bess Gallup, 88, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at the Victorian Inn Senior Living Facility in Traverse City.
Millicent “Millie” Bess Gallup was born on the Shimek family farm on March 3, 1925, in Maple City, Mich. She grew up on the family farm on Shimek Road with six sisters and brothers and a close extended family. After attending Leland High School she went on to County Normal and received her teaching certificate. She taught for a few years at the Little Red School House by Shetland Creek on M-22. In 1948 she married Maurice Gallup. Millie and Maurice lived in Suttons Bay where their daughter Julie was born.
While Maurice served in the Army and Korea their son Gary was born in Ft. Campbell, Ky.
Millicent lost her husband in 1966, and then worked at Michigan Bell for 15 years.
Millicent had a deep faith in God and read the Bible daily for as long as she could.
Millicent’s passions were baking, caring for the family, watching the soaps, and shopping. She loved being here in northern Michigan, although the family had brief stays in Hastings, Mich. and Titusville, Fla. Millicent loved Leelanau County and owned a cottage on Lime Lake north of Cedar. She loved to host Fourth of July picnics there, where upwards of 50 relatives and friends would come and celebrate with her.
Millicent is survived by her two children, Julie Gallup-Dunham (James) and Gary Gallup (Victoria Cooper-Gallup); three grandchildren, Justin Hynes (Kris Ferris) of Redondo Beach, Calif., Martin Gallup, and Kaitlin Gallup of Leelanau County; and two great-grandchildren Isabella Hynes and Patrick Hynes. She is also survived by her sisters Mary “Maimie” Bean, Bernice “Bernie” Gallup, and her brother Joe who still lives on the family homestead, as well as many loving nieces and nephews and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Frank, sisters Josephine Sleder and Vera Nemeskal, and baby brother Miles .
A celebration of Millicent’s life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, October 26, at the Renolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Her remains will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.
Please visit www.reynolds-johnkoff.com to share your memories of Millicent