One of the most beautiful smiles in the world left that place and continued to shed light in the next one, where surely her beloved 72-year-old husband (and best friend), who passed away last November, is waiting for her with hers.
Millie, Mid, Mom, Aunt Millie, Nana and Little Nana – all forms of speech delivered with great love and respect for someone who has brought so much love and sweetness to the world. She was born June 19, 1929 in Edgecomb to Mary Campbell Sherman and Albert Elbridge Sherman, and raised on Sherman Farm alongside her older sister Jeanette Sherman Coffin and cousin Edith Campbell Young, who was quite a sister to she.
Millie attended high school at a one-class school just around the corner from the house and with a lot of skimping and saving her parents were able to send her (and her older sister) to Yarmouth Academy (Yarmouth, Maine) for his high school years. All three girls have been to Yarmouth, and it has been years that Millie and her sisters have lived with great affection.
It was a Friday night in the summer of 1945, while she was with her family at a ball at Edgecomb Town Hall, when a handsome young man in a Navy uniform named Richard Reid walked in. approached and asked her to dance. From that moment on, neither of them had the slightest doubt that they had met “the chosen one”. And from that moment, Millie’s story and Dick Reid’s story became one.
They married on the last day of October 1948 and left the same day (with $ 43 in their name) for St. Petersburg, Florida, where construction awaited Dick and a small house awaited them both. Millie could bake pies and pastries, but she had never been informed of the entrees. Much of the humor, over the past few years, would revolve around her education as a cook, a skill and art she mastered more than ever.
Every move they made from house to house improved their lot and within a few years they were able to return to New England, where better opportunities and the co-creation of a successful manufacturing business awaited Dick. Millie has kept bigger and bigger homes and has done the lion’s share by raising a growing family. It was a happy division of labor and no couple has ever partnered more successfully than Millie and Dick.
Millie was the quintessential tireless housewife; their houses were always spruce, from top to bottom. She was a dressmaker, became a household name among friends and family, and was a constant home presence for herself and Dick’s children – Terri, Rick, Van and Cassie. She did a lot of volunteering. She was a member of the Edgecomb Grange. She and Dick co-advised the Senior Methodist Youth Fellowship in Pepperell, Mass. She also belonged to the women’s club there and later to the Congregational Church in Kingston, NH. She taught Sunday School in Kingston and Sheepscott. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a Cub den mom, a 4-H club leader, and taught dressmaking, cooking, and ceramics. For several years, she facilitated the Red Cross and March of Dimes door-to-door fundraising campaigns and organized an annual coffee after the first day of school for teachers.
Millie’s imagination and invention were often on display on long trips with her children, in which she pretended to recognize other people on the road and told intricate and often funny stories about them – a game she her kids loved it, and her husband laughed, and that helped eat many otherwise boring miles.
Over the years, and especially when they lived in Sheepscott Village, Millie had some amazing July 4th parties, but it was for her “Sunday before Christmas” galas that she would become famous. For up to 60 people (including the kids), she would plan and cook weeks in advance, and friends and family would, each year, be amazed at the number and variety of dishes and desserts filling the tables. and buffets. Throughout the evening, she barely sat down for a moment, pulling out perfectly timed dishes and making sure everyone was served and happy. These were magical nights that we are still talking about, years after the last gala was held.
Millie was a loving and always available grandmother. Nana’s house was the second best home thing for her grandchildren. Her arms were always open, her smile always displayed whenever she greeted a grandchild or held a new baby. For such a small woman, she could bring a lot of comfort and love in his hugs.
Millie was predeceased by her husband Dick (November 10, 2020). She was also predeceased by her sister, Jean; grandsons, Christopher Benner and Nicholas Dennison; and his great-grandson, Gavin Dennison.
She is survived by her daughter, Terri Benner of Pemaquid and her husband Edward; son, Richard Reid II of Jefferson and wife Judy; son, Van Reid of Edgecomb and wife Maggie; daughter, Cassandra Van Wickler of Kennebunk and husband Douglas; 14 grandchildren, Stephanie Vincentson and her husband Todd, Matthew Benner and his wife Leigh, Joseph Benner, Robert Benner, Thomas Benner, Richard Reid III and his wife Anya, Abby Avantaggio and her husband August, Hunter Reid and Mary Reid; stepdaughter, Kristen Dennison, Tyler Dennison and wife Emily, Samantha Dennison Steen and husband Charlie, MacKenzie Dennison and Brent Currier, Alexandria and Isabella Fabiano; and 18 great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Christopher Vincentsen, Andrea, Mason and Miles Benner, James Benner and his wife Miranda and Tally Benner, Elizabeth and Andrew Benner and Iris Dowan, Richard IV and John Reid, Edith and Louisa Avantaggio, Gabriel Krakofsky and Cire Currier, Charlie Grace Dennison, Otis Steen and Elliott Samantha Dennison; and great-great-grandchildren, Brantley, Madeline and Grayson Benner. She is also survived by her cousin (but raised as a sister) Edith Young; and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Millie and Dick will take place at noon on Saturday October 23 at North Edgecomb Cemetery, Route 27 and Town Hall Road, next to Town Hall.
To share a keepsake or leave a message of condolence, please visit Millie’s Book of Memories page on bibberfuneral.com.
Arrangements are made by the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk.