2017-06-14 / Obituaries

Millicent Johns

Millicent V. Johns, 98, of Circleville, and formerly of Andes, a longtime educator, died on June 8, 2017 in Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.

The daughter of the late D. and Petra Marie Pedersen Joslin, Millie was born on February 18, 1919 on Cabin Hill in DeLancey. She was the youngest of six children and was predeceased by her brothers and sisters.

Millie was the widow of Lloyd “Red” Thomas Johns Sr.

She graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy with a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education and later went on to earn a Master’s Degree in special education. Millie met her future husband, Red Johns, while teaching physical education in Walton. Upon their marriage they took jobs teaching in Andes and settled down to raise a family.

Millie was an educator and coach in the Andes and Margaretville school districts, teaching special education for many years. She took her students to the Special Olympics every year and made sure they were represented on the student council and other groups. She served multiple terms as the Mayor of Andes.

Millie was a longtime, devoted member of the Andes Presbyterian Church. She taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and served as an officer in the Forum Society and an Elder on the Session.

Millie will always be remembered as a wonderful pie maker with a forward-looking sense of fashion. She starred in many local musical/variety shows as a singer and dancer taking tap lessons at age 70. Millie was described in a newspaper article as “an adventurous, free spirit in a tiny and beautifully proportioned body.” She deeply loved her family, her pets, and the community in which she was raised.

Survivors include her sons, Lloyd T. Johns Jr. and his wife Sally of Elkton, Maryland and Peter Johns and his wife Debbie of Circleville, and by her beloved grandsons, Nicholas Johns and his wife Joanne and Martin Johns, who all currently reside in Colorado. She is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jayne Reynolds, her dear friend from Bloomingburg, and to all those friends and neighbors in Andes who took her to appointments, brought her dinner, encouraged her to keep singing or helped to make her latter years rich, healthy, and satisfying.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Andes Presbyterian Church, 71 Delaware Avenue.

Burial will follow in Andes Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Andes Presbyterian Church, PO Box 299, Andes, NY 13731.

Arrangements by Ralston- Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc. 845 343- 6023 or www.ocfuneralhomes.com.

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