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Mildred F. DiIaconi

January 7, 1916 - June 15, 2018


Mildred Fay DiIaconi was born January 7, 1916 in Sextonville Wisconsin to Lon E. and Nellie Medley. During the Depression she was sent to live with her Uncle in Spooner, Wisconsin, where she graduating from high school as the class Valedictorian. She then went on to become a laboratory technician and it was while working at St Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that she met a senior medical student, Daniel E. DiIaconi.

The couple were married October 24, 1942 in the same church that Daniel’s father and mother had been married in years before. Shortly after the wedding Daniel became active military and following boot camp he was stationed overseas for the duration of the war. During the time Dan was overseas Mildred worked as a laboratory technician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania living her father-in-law.

When Dan returned from the war the coupled moved to Vancouver, Washington. In December 1949 their first daughter, Barbara, was born. The family then moved a couple of times but eventually ended up in Salem, Oregon in 1953. It was here that the next two girls, Deanna and Marianne were born and raised.

Mildred was a stay at home wife and mother who occupied her time working with Camp Fire Girls and 4H for her daughters. She was also actively involved in the Medical Auxiliary and Sojourners, often acting as secretary for these groups.

She loved playing bridge, bowling and sewing. She made many of the dresses her three daughters wore to grade school. Later in life having saved the left over material from these dresses and other sewing projects she took up the art of quilting and her meticulous attention to detail and her perfect little stitches made her quilts true works of art. She also enjoyed china painting and again her meticulous nature came out creating gorgeous floral plates. Her painting skill was also demonstrated during the Christmas cookie season. Her cookies were so lovely it was hard to eat them but eaten and enjoyed they were by everyone. For the past 8 years she turned from making cookies to creating Christmas aprons for Deanna and her friends for their cookie baking/decorating parties.

After the death of her husband, Dan. to whom she had been married 68 plus years she spent more time playing bridge, gardening, traveling to visit with her daughters and quilting. Then on June 15, 2018, on the seventh anniversary, almost at the same hour, of her husband’s death she left us with her Barbara and Deanna by her side. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara DiIaconi, Deanna Beisser, Marianne Beaton, her grandchildren, Laura Beisser, Benoit Beisser, Daniel Beaton and Jennifer Beaton.

 

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There is insufficient space herewith to adequately cover this lady's achievements even over the decades that I have known her.A truly dedicated homemaker, wife,mother and grandmother who has worked tirelessly to guide, encourage and support her family members through their lives. Unquestionably the Queen of quilting she has put a smile on many faces with her incredible works of art which she has gifted to so many.
Gone from us now, but forever in our hearts