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Mildred Bellister Obituary
Mildred Marie Bellister

Mar. 28, 1920-Apr. 20, 2013

Mildred Bellister, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, connoisseur of fine pastries, and lover of the open road, passed away on April 20th, 2013 with her family by her side. Mildred was born under a wandering star and had an infectious passion for life. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Mildred and George Janssen, who instilled in her a love of travel, musical theater, and dunking fresh peach cake in coffee. When she wasn't rambling down Route 66, her happiest times were spent in The Loews Theater, Ambassador Theater, and The Muny, where her father played violin.

Mildred's greatest love was her family, and when she wasn't threatening to resign from cooking meals and cleaning every week or so, she took great joy in "going to a show" and showing them the world. She used to say, "I have a fuel pump for a heart and gasoline for blood", and her life advice was to keep your oil changed and air in the tires. She was always on the go, and despised the traditional life of groceries and laundry. One of her favorite places to visit was Hawaii. When gazing at Waikiki Beach from the Rainbow Tower, guava juice and pineapple in hand, of course, she used to joke that at first you just sit and think, and then you just sit. She loved nothing more than being with her family in a place she adored.

Except for chocolate. She may have loved chocolate slightly more.

Never one for just sitting though, she went back to college, receiving a B.A. in history from San Francisco State, which she was fairly sure made her the foremost expert on everything. She was a go-getter who wanted to experience as much of life and as many bakeries as possible. She was always happiest behind the wheel with the wind in her hair (preferably behind the wheel of her rag-top Mustang convertible). She wanted to grab life by the horns and never let go, and for 93 years she did just that.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Albert, who died in June 2003. She is survived by son, Bert (Kris), and their children Megan and Seth. She is also survived by her brokenhearted daughter Karen, and her children Jesse (are the Giants on?) and Amanda (do good) and her brother, Lloyd Janssen.

She was our rock and our best friend, and we will miss everything about her. Our hearts are broken. We love you.

Friends may visit after 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 27, 2013 and are welcome to attend the Funeral service at 2:00 PM at CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, 194 Millwood Dr. at El Camino Real in Millbrae. Committal services and entombment will be in St. Louis, Missouri.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2013
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