Mildred Terelle

Obituary of Mildred Terelle

GREENVILLE - Mildred E. Terelle nee Lind passed at her home in Greenville, New York with her children around her on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Born October 15, 1928 to Ruth and Raymond Lind in Providence, Rhode Island, Millie, as she was known, grew up with her mother, grandmother, Aunt and cousins, Ruth and Dusty in Norwood. When her family relocated to Staten Island in New York City to accommodate her father's career as a Captain in the Merchant Marines, she met and became the beautiful bride of Michael Terelle. Married at aged 17 just following World War II, the young couple spent several memorable years in Hawaii where Mike was stationed in his service in the U.S. Navy's submarine division. Ultimately returning to Staten Island, Mike and Millie built their dream home on Lighthouse Hill where they raised their four children, held joyous gatherings for family and friends, made red wine and tended their garden. An accomplished artist, Millie studied fashion design and enjoyed sewing. She was also a devoted mother to her children encouraging them always to pursue their dreams and hugging them often even when she was supposed to be angry. Her grace, intelligence and excellent taste are Millie's hallmarks, and she will be remembered for these attributes by all who knew her. A decade ago, the couple moved to Greenville, New York to be closer to their children and, after many wonderful years there, just shy of their 70th anniversary, Mike passed away. Now, 18 months later, they are reunited which is as it should be. Her final moments were reaching for her husband's hand, her blue eyes bright as he lifted her to the next stage of their journey together. Millie and Mike are survived by their children John, Lynn, Leslie and Raymond who remember them always with gratitude and love. A Memorial Service will be held on July 22, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m at the John Noble Maritime Museum, Sailor Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Millie's memory to the Community Hospice Foundation, Gift Processing Center, 310 S.Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208. Condolences can be posted at ajcunninghamfh.com.