Rose Mary Millner
Paige - Funeral services for Rose Mary Millner, 82 of Paige, Texas, were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Patricia Wehn-Glowski officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Cemetery in Hills, Texas.
Rose Mary (Saegert) Millner was born on August 26, 1938 in Paige, Texas to Walter Arnold August Saegert and Alvina Helena (Baasen) Saegert. Rosie grew up in Paige, where she started school, eventually graduating from Giddings High in 1955. After graduation, she moved to Austin and began her professional career. One of her earlier jobs was at Eli Witt where she would meet James Millner. Rose Mary and Jimmy married on June 11, 1966. Each brought two, beautiful children to the marriage. Rosie arrived with Tammy and Ben, Jimmy with Phyllis and Russell. Rosie and Jimmy settled their new family in South Austin. Rosie eventually went to work for APC / 3M. At 3M, Rose Mary worked her way up to an automation and testing equipment Production Manager. Rosie and Jimmy would soon move their family to Cedar Creek, Texas. Here their children attended and graduated from Bastrop Schools. The empty nesters would soon return to Rosie's birthplace of Paige and the house she grew up in. They remodeled new life into the historical family home. Rosie eventually retired from 3M. As retirees they quickly acclimated to the local scene. Rosie and Jimmy rekindled many relationships and made millions more. Monday nights were usually playing dominoes at Wachsmann's Store in Manheim, another night was bowling in Giddings and various tournaments. Their team's name was the Cobweb's. If you don't know why they chose this name …ask someone who used to go to Wachsmann's Store. Another night was usually at Walch's Store or dancing at the Tin Star. If you didn't know where they were, (before cell phones) your best luck was to just call Collie at Wachsmann's. Rosie and Jimmy loved entertaining. Often hosting birthday parties and family reunions, there was their Annual Halloween Extravaganza, with hayride included. This turned into a community event. Wachsmann's store closing didn't stop the dominoes game, they just moved the game to their house. Rosie truly loved having visitors, and she lit up anytime someone came over.
In addition to the local social scene, Rosie loved plants. And it seemed plants loved her as well. She had quite a green thumb. From landscaping around the house, to potted plants, planters on the front porch, baskets, sitting baskets, hanging baskets, flower beds, raised beds, herb gardens, hot house plants, indoor plants and the show piece, her dining room bay window where she nurtured her Christmas cacti. Let's just say she had a green thumb.
One other constant in her life that brought her much joy, and sometimes agony, were the Longhorns. The University of Texas Fighting Horns. It was never clear which came first, her love of football or the color, orange. UT had both. She was easy to shop for. You could pick out almost anything, as long as it came in burnt orange.
One cannot go further without mentioning her pig obsession. It is believed she has between 100 and 200 pigs in her house. It is nothing short of amazing of what all comes in a pig motif. There was the most notable gift, for her 50th birthday, of a live pig.
Above all else was Rosie's love of family. Rosie's family came first, and she would do anything for them.
Rose Mary passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at her home in Paige.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter & Alvina Saegert; her husband, James "Jimmy" Millner; her daughter, Phyllis Millner; one sister, Myrtle Lou Behrend, and three brothers, Marvin Saegert, Wilfred "Shorty" Saegert, and Leonard "Red" Saegert.
Rose Mary is survived by her three children, daughter Tammy Edwards of Austin, son Ben Voight and wife Linda of Paige, and son Russell Millner & Alan Kirkhart of Serbin; six grandchildren, Stacy "Ezra" Edwards of Austin, Hannah Voight of Austin, Dalton Voight of Paige, Victoria Millner of Austin, Phillip Millner of Austin, and Nicholas Millner of Austin; one brother, Henry Charles Saegert & Sue Gadd of Smithville; four sisters-in-law, Barbara Saegert Wisneski of Paige, Claudine Saegert of McDade, Lorayne "Sissy" Wheeler of Rollingwood, and Elizabeth "Betty" Ermis of San Diego, California, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
After Jimmy passed away, Rose Mary was able to continue living at home with the loving support of family and some amazing care providers. Charlene Mutschink, and the wonderful staff at A Perfect Way Home Care. Charlene, however, was more like family. Carol "Bossy" Hrolenok, Gloria Brown "the Plant Lady", Phil Brown and Mindy Hanson. They are a remarkable group of people that provided Rosie with care for the last year and half. They kept her house flowing with life, filled with plants and flowers and most importantly, kept a steady supply of peanut butter fudge on hand. Rosie's family is so grateful to all of you. Thank you.
Memorials may be made to the Paige United Methodist Church, the Friendship Cemetery Association, or the charity of one's choice
Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.