Mildred "Millie" Louise Flandro
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November 16, 1954 - February 27, 2014
Mildred "Millie" L. Flandro, age 59, of Pocatello, Idaho. passed away on February 27, 2014 at Quinn Meadows due to natural causes associated with early onset Alzheimer's.
Millie was born in Pocatello, Idaho on November 16, 1954, to James L. and Shirley Hone Phillips. She was the oldest of five children. She attended Washington Elementary, Franklin Junior High and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1973.
Millie attended Idaho State University, majoring in Home Economics Education and graduated in 1977. She then started her first teaching position at Irving Junior High and taught there for three years.
While at Idaho State University, Millie met Michael R. Flandro and they were married on May 22, 1980. When Mike was accepted to Optometry school they moved to Chicago for seven years. Millie worked at Michael Reese Hospital as a patient advocate and really enjoyed her job there because it involved interacting with patients and trying to provide a positive experience for them during their hospital stay. Millie attended evening classes at The National College of Education to earn her Masters Degree in Education.
In 1987 Millie and Mike returned to Pocatello so Mike could start his optometry practice. Millie returned to her teaching career as a history and government teacher at Highland High School. In 1990, Millie decided to run for the Idaho House of Representatives and was elected into office in November. As an added surprise, Mike and Millie welcomed their first and only child, Megan. Millie was re-elected to the legislature for three terms and finally retired when her daughter started school.
After her retirement from the legislature, Millie received her administrative certificate and went on to become principal at Kinport Academy and Vice Principal at Irving Middle School. She eventually became Vice Principal at Century High School until her retirement in 2009.
Over the years, Millie was a member of organizations like PEO, Zonta, League of Women Voters and was President of the Pocatello Education Association. Because of her legislative experience, she was appointed Commissioner on Aging by the Governor and was member of the Work Force Development Council. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading and had a passion for traveling. While living in Chicago, she met her best friend Nadine and every year they took a trip until Millie became ill.
After her Alzheimer's diagnosis, Millie was an advocate for Alzheimer's research and participated in medical studies, including potential new drug treatments and brain research.
Millie was preceded in death by her in-laws, Robert C. and Helen Flandro. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Mike and their daughter, Megan; as well as Millie's parents, James L. and Shirley Phillips; a brother, James M. Phillips (Jody); a sister, Colleen Hammers (Rick); a brother, Todd Phillips (Lona); a sister, Laura Johansen (Harold). She is also survived by many brother and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for Millie will be held Saturday, March 8th at the LDS Church on 7th between Center and Lewis, (across from Caldwell Park) with a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. and service at 10:30. Millie's brother, James M. Phillips, a Chaplain and Lieutenant Colonel in the Idaho Air National Guard, will officiate. Interment of Millie's cremains will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
The family of Millie Flandro would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. LaVonne Mills and Charlene Phillips (Millie's niece) as well as the staff and residents at Quail Ridge Assisted Living, the nurses and staff on the 5th floor of Portneuf Medical Center, Heritage Home Health and Hospice and Quinn Meadows for all of their care and compassionate service to Millie and her family. The family would also like to thank the many friends and family that have supported Mille during her illness. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations in her memory be made to The Millie Flandro Memorial Scholarship Endowment as a legacy of her life, 921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8050, Pocatello, ID 83209-8050, ISU Foundation (208) 282-3470. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho (208) 233-0686
Downard Funeral Home
241 N Garfield Ave
Pocatello, ID 83204
Published in Idaho State Journal from Mar. 2 to Mar. 7, 2014