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Obituaries Obituaries (August 31, 2005)

Mary Louise Millard

'A lovely, gentle spirit'

Mary Louise Millard died August 15 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley after a long illness. She was 90.

Mrs. Millard was known as a bright, quiet lady who was married for 66 years to the Reverend -- later Right Reverend -- Richard Millard. They lived in locations ranging from Menlo Park to Paris. "She was a homebody," Bishop Millard recalls. "She loved to read. She would read Newsweek cover-to-cover."

Mary Louise Gessling was born in Hood River, Oregon, in 1915, and spent most of her childhood in Oakland. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a degree in French and mathematics, and became a teacher. She was Phi Beta Kappa and women's editor of the annual "Blue and Gold."

Louise met Dick Millard at the Episcopal club at Cal. "She was a generous, nice person," he recalls. "She never put you off by being smart."

The Millards didn't get married until 1939. In the interim, she taught French for two years in Watsonville, while he completed the seminary and served in a parish on Park Avenue in New York.

The young couple spent their first 10 years in Danbury, Connecticut, where they had three children while he was minister in a popular church in the industrial town well known for making hats. In 1950, they moved to Alameda where Mr. Millard was rector of Christ Church for 10 years.

In 1960, the Rev. Millard became a bishop and was appointed assisting bishop of the Diocese of California. Mrs. Millard spent the next 16 years managing various homes and participating in church activities in various places. Later, they spent two years in New York, and then two years in Paris when Bishop Millard became bishop for the American churches in Europe.

Mrs. Millard's time in France gave her a chance to use her French for the first time in 40 years, Bishop Millard recalls, and the French would compliment her. "It was just great for her," he says.

The Millards bought a fixer-upper in Menlo Park in 1970, and lived in it intermittently until 1991. Bishop Millard retired in 1980, and they moved to The Sequoias in 1991.

Neighbor and church friend Marjorie Bartlett, who also lives at The Sequoias, remembers Mrs. Millard fondly. "She was a lovely, gentle spirit with a laconic dry wit. She never disliked anybody," she says. "She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and a quiet force in the church."

Mrs. Millard is survived by her husband; two children, Martha Millard Jones of Santa Cruz and Loubes in France and in a traveling houseboat; and Joseph Millard of Riverside; and three grandchildren. Another son, George, died in 2002.

Isak Hansen

Former real estate agent

Graveside services for Isak Hansen, a resident of Menlo Park for more than 30 years, were set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park. Mr. Hansen died August 17 at age 79.

Born in Talvik, Norway, he later moved to Sweden, where he earned a degree in engineering. Mr. Hansen came to the United States in the 1960s and became an American citizen. He was a self-employed real estate agent.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, June Hansen; daughter Else Arntzen of Sweden; stepson Ed Imsland of Jackson; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters and one brother.

Arrangements are under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney.
Patricia Makay Mamalakis

Former Woodside resident

Patricia Makay Mamalakis, a former resident of Woodside and Portola Valley, died August 29 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she had lived for the past few years. She was 77.

Ms. Mamalakis was born in San Rafael and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and the College of Marin. She met and married Stelios Mamalakis (Stanley P. Makay) from Crete, Greece, who had established a law practice in San Francisco.

Ms Mamalakis became interested in Greek culture and encouraged a weaving revival in her husband's native village. She was also proud of her Scottish heritage and visited her father's homeland many times, say family members.

When living in Woodside Ms. Mamalakis established Art in Action at Woodside Elementary School and served as a volunteer for the Mentally Gifted Minor programs, say family members. She was a past president of Friends of the Woodside Library. Ms. Mamalakis attended the California School of Fine Arts and was an art instructor.

Ms. Mamalakis is survived by her children, Diana Mamalaki-Montoya of Santa Fe, and Allyn Kilcrease of Jacksonville, Florida; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. Memorials in her name may be made to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Education Department, attention: Joyce Begay-Foss, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

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