Mildred Anne Rider, affectionately known as “Millie”, age 92 passed away of natural causes Saturday September 26, 2015 in Lynnwood WA with her loving daughters at her side.
Millie was born in Seattle WA to Paul Richard Peterson and Olive Estella (Benson) Peterson on December 7, 1922, she was an only child. She graduated from Broadway High School and then attended business college receiving a degree in bookkeeping and pursued a career as a full charge bookkeeper.
Millie married Harold E. Rider on January 28, 1956 and they had two daughters, Karen Estelle and Shannon Marie. Harold passed away early on and she never remarried, she raised her two daughters herself. She was devoted to her family, first to her mother “Ollie” and then to her daughters sacrificing greatly to make all their lives good.
Millie spent all her life in the greater Seattle area, although she loved to travel with numerous trips to Ocean Shores WA, Depoe Bay OR and the islands of Hawaii. Other activities she enjoyed were reading, cross word puzzles and caring for her grandchildren, which brought her much joy. During her daughters’ childhood years she was a devoted “horse” mom, shuttling her kids to numerous horse events and cheering them on. The family’s love for animals was apparent in the wonderful menagerie they always had, this tradition is carried on by her daughters.
She is survived by her daughters Karen Trolson of Edmonds WA and Shannon Garoutte of Tonasket WA, their husbands Walter Trolson and Galen Garoutte, grandchildren Alex Trolson and Callie Trolson, cousin Louise Maxted, first cousins once removed Cindy Schneider and Kathy Elliot, and numerous friends.
Millie loved the sea (she was known to have said she had salt water in her veins) as evidenced by her vacation choices, and as per her wish her remains will be scattered over the ocean so she will always be in her favorite place. She has requested no formal funeral. Oh, and she LOVED Cheetos, next time you have some think of her, she would like that!