Mildred Clinton Lien passed away Jan. 26 in Gainesville, where she was visiting her sister, Maddy. Born Aug. 12, 1923, in Clifton, Miss Millie was the eldest daughter of Winfield and Pauline Davis Clinton. She graduated from Fairfax High School and earned a secretarial certificate from Strayer Business School. In 1943 she married John Pershing Lien and together they worked 30 years for the federal government in Washington, D.C. During the spring and fall for the next 25 years, Millie and John traveled the United States in their RV. They made their summer home in Lake City, S.D. (John's hometown) and their winter home in Yuma, Ariz. In 1998, after 55 years of marriage, John passed away. Miss Millie returned to her home state of Virginia and settled in Williamsburg. She had a lifelong love affair with learning, was always ready to travel, thoroughly enjoyed her family and friends, and lived life to the fullest.
Miss Millie is survived by her beloved sister, Madeline Clinton Bernard (Maddy); her son, John Phillip Lien and his wife, Jean Stacy Lien; daughter, Linda Lien Van Loan and her husband, Jack Van Loan; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mildred Clinton Lien will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Queens Lake Clubhouse, 234 East Queens Dr., Williamsburg.