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Carmen S. Million

October 18, 1931--January 1, 2012

Ocean Springs

Carmen S. Million, 80, of Ocean Springs, MS died at her Kare Med Assisted Living home on Sunday, January 1, 2012. A native of New Orleans, she graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans with a degree in English and later pursued an advertising career to support her two sons. Dating back to the 1960's, her advertising agency covered the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she enjoyed marketing the local Pepsi distributor, Allen Beverages, as well as Wendy's restaurants during her final years with her sons' assistance. Her pioneer career with Pepsi spanned five decades, being the first to ever create prizes under bottle caps, and the first to develop bottle cap collection promotions which included free camps for kids to Pepsi's Steve Stonebreaker Football Camp and Dr Pepper's Miss Teenage America Summer Camp. Active in public service, Carmen was proud of her work on political campaigns and referendums, primarily in Jefferson Parish with Lawrence Chehardy and Joe Yenni. Also active with non-profits, her public relations clients included Children's Hospital in New Orleans and the St. Paul's School in Covington, LA. A pillar in the advertising community, she was the first female President of the New Orleans Ad Club and the first female American Advertising Federation Lt. Gov. representing the Southeast. An expert in media buying, she won numerous national Effie Awards for her work with Pepsi, in addition to Addie awards for her creative. The pinnacle was winning the New Orleans Ad Club Silver Medal for distinguished career. In her later years, Carmen taught Marketing at Tulane University's Biloxi Campus, honored as Professor of Year by the students. Spending summers in her youth on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, her interests for sailing, swimming and crabbing were later shared with her sons and grandchildren, often telling stories like meeting the Biloxi Light House attendant in the evenings to climb the winding stairs to illuminate the lighthouse. A member of the Southern Yacht Club, she enjoyed taking her grandchildren sailing on the Biloxi Schooners year round, also showing them how to set crab nets off the Biloxi peer. Carmen was diagnosed with Lewey Body Dementia in her final years. The family is very grateful to all those who cared for her so well, including the Kare Med Assisted Living staff in Ocean Springs.

Carmen is preceded in death by her mother, Olga Nicaud Seiferth; father, Bayne Andre Seiferth; and former husband, Georges Andre Million.

She is survived by her sisters, Olga Seiferth Rome of New Orleans, LA and Sylvia Seiferth Brannen of Statesboro, GA; son, Bayne Andre Million and wife, Tricia Smyke Million of Atlanta, GA; son, Troy Paul Million and wife, Odile Holahan Million of Ocean Springs, MS; grandchildren, Brooke of Mobile, AL, Katherine Welch (Nicholas) of Atlanta, GA, Eric and Amelie of Ocean Springs, MS.

In lieu of flowers at the family's request, donations can be made to the St. Alphonsus School Endowment Fund, 504 Jackson Ave., Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Ocean Springs, MS. Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until mass time. Carmen's nephew, Father Brett Brannen, will bless the Niche at Southern Memorial Park at 3:00 pm.

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs, MS is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Sun Herald on Jan. 11, 2012.
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January 21, 2012
I met Carmen at the Walker Saussy Advertising Agency. I was very young and Carmen took me under her wing and guided me through the world of advertising. I will never forget her kindness. She was a true friend and I am very sad she is no longer with us. May God keep her in his loving care.
Rose Magri
Metairie, LA
Rose Magri
January 13, 2012
With sympathy and great old memories.

My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Elizabeth Lacroix
Elizabeth Lacroix
January 12, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. I wish I had known your Mom. She seems like she was a beautiful person.

Eleanora Bazile, Slidell, LA
January 11, 2012
Troy, Odile, Eric and Amile,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you at this difficult time. Please let us know if you if you need anything.
Margaret, Charles, Alex and Nick Chapman
Margaret Chapman
January 11, 2012
Troy, Odile and kids, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful obit and what a wonderful woman. Martha LeTard
January 11, 2012
I'm sorry for the loss of your mom. She sounds like an incredible woman! It's been many years since our days at HNJ, but we were in class many years together. I have pictures of you as a youngster at my birthday parties, riding ponies in Audubon Park!!! I will not be able to make it to your mom's service, but as time permits, please be in touch, Bayne.
Anne Atkinson
January 11, 2012
Dear Bayne and Troy~
I will miss my sweet Aunt Carmen so much! Always remember how much she loved and adored you. She is finally at peace....flying around with Memere, Pepere, and even Nuff! I will keep you in my prayers.
Lydia Rome Steele
January 11, 2012
Bayne and Troy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Carmen will ever hold a special place in my heart. She taught me so much about the advertising world. I have missed her so much over the last couple of years. I lost her and my mother about the same time to dementia. Take care, see you both Friday!
January 11, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Doyle
January 11, 2012
We extend our sincere sympathy and value your trust during this time of remembrance and reflection. We pledge our support now and in the future.
The Staff and Management of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes
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