Nahara Mau (Janice Lee Millikan)|
April 30, 1957 - April 5, 2014
Resident of Fremont
Nahara Mau (Janice Lee Millikan) passed away at home in Fremont, on April 5, 2014.
Nahara was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 30,1957 to Dorothy Chamberlain Millikan and Richard Glen Millikan who reside in Peoria, Illinois.
She graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1975, and The Ohio State University in 1980 with a BA in Industrial Design/Visual Communications.
After graduating from the Ohio State, she went to California to visit friends Mindy and Doug in Santa Barbara and it changed her life forever. She made the decision to move to California in 1980. On August 12, 1988, she met Rahim at a mutual and dear friend Therese's birthday party in San Francisco. Nahara and Rahim were married on April 21, 1990, in San Rafael, California. In October of 1995, they embarked on a trip of a lifetime to China to adopt their daughter Maleka, who was 6 months old.
Nahara was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1987, when she was 30. At the time, the life expectancy for people with Cystic Fibrosis was 30. However, Nahara had a rare form of Cystic Fibrosis that progressed more slowly. Nahara was listed for a double lung transplant in 1998, and received her transplant on Nov. 5, 2000 at Stanford Medical Center. After a long recovery, Nahara was able to live a long and vibrant life.
Nahara was able to be Maleka's mother through Maleka's high school years, graduating in 2013. In August, 2013, Nahara made the trip to Honolulu, Hawaii to take Maleka to college for her freshman year at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
A resident of Fremont California, Nahara is survived by her husband Rahim Mau, daughter Maleka Mau, parents Richard and Dorothy Millikan of Peoria, Illinois, sister Susan Millikan of Orlando, Florida, brother James Millikan of Eagan, Minnesota, sister-in-law Deane Wong and her husband, Lorrin Wong of Los Angeles, and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.
Nahara was active in Cystic Fibrosis organizations and an advocate for organ donation. She was a volunteer in parent/teacher groups as a free lance graphic designer.
A celebration of her life will be on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Unity Church of Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Bethany Hannon will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support research for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, in honor of Nahara Mau, to Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI), 1731 Embarcadero Road, Suite 210, Palo Alto, CA 94303, or online at http://www.cfri.org.
Published in Inside Bay Area on June 27, 2014