Have you ever met an Angel? Well if you met Ethel Millis Mary Bossler, then you have; the rest of you can still feel blessed knowing you shared this world with her. How do I know she was an Angel? Because of what she brought to this world and the giving nature with which she graced everyone’s lives.
Millis was born November 12th 1937 in Boston Massachusetts. The oldest of 4 kids, all of her siblings were brothers. She grew up in the Boston area but cherished her summers spent with her paternal grandmother in Maine. Millis studied ballet and was even accepted to a Boston area ballet school. But the school was not to be as she had already enlisted in the USAF as a cryptologist. It was there that she met and married Arlan “Skip” Bossler, her devout husband of 58 years. Skip and Millis had 6 kids of their own and moved all over the US and Europe with Skip’s job in the Air Force including 5 years in the Azores Portugal. Millis was devoted to her children and husband as she assumed the dual role as working Mother.
Jobs she undertook after leaving the Air Force included Chief Librarian for AeroJet, Room Manager at Sheraton, North Las Vegas Mayoral Secretary, and many administrative positions, along with waitressing and even ballet instructor. Millis and Skip eventually retired to Las Vegas where her devotion to her family never dwindled as she continued to provide support of all means to all of her grown children and even their friends.
Millis was forever wise and offered advice and lessons, but only when asked. This goes to serve as the grace and wisdom with which she led her life. Millis also possessed great inner-strength, something you have to have when raising six kids and your husband gets sent to a war zone which made her a single mother just like that.
Millis enjoyed philanthropy and was one of the youngest presidents of the Las Vegas Emblem Club. She was also an avid bowler throughout her life, a veracious reader of the greatest novels and a crossword puzzler Master. Millis was a loyal sports fan of her hometown teams The Boston Red Sox and The Boston Celtics. Millis enjoyed playing cards/poker games with family and friends. She enjoyed playing games with her kids and grandkids leading to some legendary Pictionary games.
Millis was preceded in death by her loving husband Skip, her son, Paul, her daughter Michelle, brother Ora, and her mother Janet Judkins. She is survived by her brothers Lenny and Jimmy, by her daughter Tara and husband Dave Rippy, her son Mark and wife Lisa Bossler, and daughter Dawn Miller, son Michael Bossler and his wife Kim Bossler and Millis’s daughter-in-law Jeannie McKinnon. At the time of her death she was blessed with eight grandkids and two great grandkids who will miss her very much; Nicole, Kyle, Dallas, Quinn, Bradley, Milo, Alex, and Austin. And her two great granddaughters, Jillian and Aislyn Bossler.
~ Love you Forever Mom ~
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