September 22, 1924 - June 20, 2018
Mildred (Milly) Ada Semrau was born on Sept. 22, 1924 in Balfour ND to Reuben Philip Semrau and Marion Agnes White. She graduated high school at 16 and met her soulmate, Beverley (Bev) Garrett, working at the Florence Hotel in Montana. He was a bellhop. She was the switchboard operator. They attended the University of Montana and were devoted alumni. Two bricks lay side-by-side on a campus’ walkway with their names, years of graduation and the words: “Together” “Forever” They married in 1944. She and Bev have had a love that is rare, unconditional and unending.
Milly was a devoted wife and mother of three incredibly lucky children. Her skills were many and varied, from Girl Scout leader and baseball coach to Scrabble partner, Crossword expert and incisive Real Estate Broker. She was creative, kind-hearted, quick-witted, and had a heart of pure gold. She was also the glue that held her extended family together, particularly after the passing of her much beloved sister, Marj. How the two of them would laugh and laugh, as they played cards and talked.
Milly is survived by her devoted husband of 73 years, 11 months and 18 days. Even while she was critically ill, when he entered the room she would turn toward him, like a flower reaching for the sun.
She will be remembered with much love by her children, Janet, Peggy and Jim and their partners, Wes, Anne and Donna; grandchildren: Patrick Garrett, Tim and Jason Carpenter, Cathy Kley, Brittney Ruiz, Michael Garrett, Randy and Chris Proffit and their partners; and her sister’s children, their partners and families, Tom and Debi, Kathy and Paul, and Judy and Lyle, and nieces Bevy and Carol and their families. She will be greatly missed.