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Rosemary Louise Millican

May 20, 2020

Obituary

Rosemary Millican-Reiter of Temple Terrace passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. She was born in Vallejo, California and is survived by her four children, Ira “Jay” Bruce, Jr. (Sue), Debra West, James Bruce (Jackie), and Rebecca Millican (John); brother, Robert Easson (Diana); longtime friend, Mary Jo Migues; 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and granddog, Dax.

Preceding her in death were her parents, William & Rose (Gollnast) Easson; brother, William Easson, Jr.; loving husband, Michael Reiter and beloved pets Bart, Otis and Trooper.

She retired from Boys & Girls Club after working with them for over 20 years during which she developed many enjoyable friendships throughout her tenure. She also received a City of Tampa Police Department Citizens Appreciation Award in 2011 for assisting in catching burglars.

During her childhood years she loved riding her brothers soap box down the hill, reading Nancy Drew mystery books, family picnics to Russian River, playing hopscotch, being taught how to sew by her mother and holiday gatherings at their family home.

Some our most favorite and cherished memories were her sense of humor, homemade apple pie, the match test to catch us lying, purple chicken, the need to know what was going on in the neighborhood by following firetrucks at all hours and Sunday phone calls.

She was a wonderful mother and loving wife who will be deeply missed.

To honor her wishes there will be no funeral services. Condolences may be mailed to 14704 North 17th Street, Lutz, Florida 33549. If you have any photographs or favorite memories to share they can be emailed to rebeccamillican@yahoo.com.

The memory below was written by Rose and recorded in her Legacy book:

“I rode my brother’s soap box after my father told me not to. Mary Rae and I went down the hill 4-5 times then I decided to try something different, I said let’s go down backwards. I didn’t think about how I was going to steer or brake. We ended up crashing about halfway down the hill into a metal light post. Mary Rae was knocked out, I thought I killed her. I ran home and told my mom that I killed Mary Rae. She told me to go tell her grandmother. I didn’t want to but I did. When her grandmother opened the door I was crying and I told her that I killed Mary Rae. She went down the hill, by this time the neighbors had come out with ice and Mary Rae was coming around. I was so glad I hadn’t killed her. I was not allowed to play with her for two weeks.”

 

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