Mary Elizabeth Milliron, 100 and a half, died peacefully on August 14, 2016 at a local care facility. Mary was born on December 6, 1915 in Joplin, Missouri to the late Paul and Mamie (Goodman) Schymos. After graduating high school in 1934, she attended college as a business major and was actively employed for many years in St. Louis.
Mary vacationed in Colorado Springs in the early 1950s. She fell in love with the town and decided to move here. Mary spent a few years exploring the state and working at Camp Carson, later named Ft. Carson. Pregnant and without jobs, she and her late husband, Wayne Milliron, moved to Fairbanks in the Territory of Alaska in 1956. She began working in the school system and was later appointed as Clerk of District Court. She remained there until her retirement in 1976. After years of living in several states including Arkansas, Mary moved back to Colorado Springs in 2000 to live with her daughter.
At her 100th birthday party, Mary was asked by one of the 50 plus attendees, what was one of the best things in her life. She replied with a smile “Men”. An avid reader in her later years, Mary loved to tell stories about her long life full of adventures. She cherished her grand-dogs: Charlee, Koa and Harmony.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Nancy Milliron (“son-in-law” Manfred Burkholder).
Mary’s life was blessed with many adopted pets over the years. Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, Colorado