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Mildred Janet Van Ede

March 25, 1941 August 31, 2019
Mildred Janet Van Ede
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Mildred Janet Van Ede, age 78, formerly of Worthington, MN, died August 31, 2019, at Brookings, SD. She was born March 25, 1941, in Cavour, SD, to Elmer and Doris (White) McCoy.
Millie received her early education in Moulton, IA, and graduated high school in Auburn, IA. Following graduation, Millie attended Business School, in Omaha, NE. Upon completion of her coursework, she landed her first job as a bank teller. The following year, she took a clerical position at a blueprint office. On January 16, 1965, she married John Anthony Van Ede at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Omaha, NE. The couple made their home in a couple of places before settling in Worthington, MN, where they raised their large family.
Millie devoted her life to taking care of others. As a homemaker, she raised twelve children and for many years, operated an in-home daycare. She was an avid “rummage saler” – enjoying the thrill of the hunt, score of a good deal, and sharing her treasures with family. In 1992, Millie became a Certified Nursing Assistant taking care of the elderly in local nursing homes. Ten years later, she returned to her stay-at-home status to help raise four of their grandchildren. After 52 years of marriage, her life partner, John, passed away (2017). For health reasons, Millie eventually moved in with one of her daughters and later became a resident of United Living Center, in Brookings, SD.
Millie is survived by her twelve children: Janet (Kris) Jeppesen of Brookings, SD, Jackie Johnson of Worthington, MN, Janel (Jeff) Pond of Tracy, MN, Joyce Christenson of Brookings, SD, Chad (Lacey) Van Ede of Sioux Falls, SD, Johnny (Rochelle) Van Ede of Wilmont, MN, Michelle (Mike) Van Ede of Worthington, MN, Mark (Carol) Van Ede of Burnsville, MN, Marie (Travis) Schutz of Harrisburg, SD, David (Darcie) Van Ede of Elkton, SD, Daniel (Nicole) Van Ede of Wilmont, MN, and Theresa (Luis) Van Ede of Brookings, SD. Millie also be missed by her 41 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, her sister Marilyn, and many nieces and nephews.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother Albert and sister Marian, brother-in-law James, granddaughter Lydia, and grandson Cameron.
A private memorial will be held at Benson Funeral Home on Friday, September 6, 2019, with a private burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Worthington, MN.


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