Huron- Mildred (Salay) Schilman finished her time here on earth on August 7, and now rests in God’s loving embrace. We know that someday we will be reunited, but for now our hearts are full of grief.
Mildred was often referred to as Mielka to her loving parents George and Mary Salay, Mickie to her childhood friends and family, and finally Millie, or Mil, to her beloved husband Ed of 66 years.
Mildred was born in Cleveland, OH and lived her entire life as a proud Buckeye. She graduated from West Tech High School and then entered the workforce as a corporate secretary for US Steel in both Cleveland and later Columbus. While in Columbus, she lived across the street from the OSU band practice and fell in love with script Ohio.
Upon returning to northern Ohio, she settled first in Sandusky, and finally Huron. During that time, she left New Departure for her favorite job, Mom. Eventually, she returned to the workforce. At first she was a teacher’s aide in Berlin-Milan schools, and later on a librarian in Huron. It is with the Huron library that she found her calling as a children’s librarian by becoming “Miss Millie” to a generation of children. She and Ed would joyfully create costumes for “storytime” as she took on the roles from the stories she shared.
Millie shared her love of life and spunk, her love of and respect for people, and her favorite food (ice cream). She always remembered how to see the world through a child’s eyes of wonder. Where many of us would think of nice things to do for others, Millie would in fact do them. Millie lived a long and joyful life, and to paraphrase Elton John ‘the world is a better place for her being in it’. She lived her faith, never lost her love and interest in people and their stories, always had a smile on her face, and greeted you with compliments.
Millie is survived by her two daughters, Joyce Bellamy and Karen (Ken) McCune; grandsons, Matt and Jeromy Bellamy; and great-grandson Brayden Bellamy.
Millie is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rudolph; son, Edward Paul; and son-in-law Terry Bellamy.
Visitation with the family is from 4-6 pm on Thursday, August 12, at Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron, and from 10:30-11 am on Friday, August 13 at Zion Lutheran Church, Huron. A funeral service will follow visitation on Friday at Zion Lutheran, Huron.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a gift of a children’s book to the Huron Public Library, or a donation to Zion’s memorial fund. Regardless of choice, we know all three would bring a smile to Mom’s face. And finally, have an ice cream today and remember her fondly.
Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron, is assisting the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.fosterfh.com.
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