Jill Valerie Milns

August 21, 2012

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Jill Milns

Dec. 19, 1933 — Aug. 11, 2012

The beautiful, talented and lively Jill Valerie Milns was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Leicester, England, to Doris and Phillip Delves.

A graduate of Newarke Girls High School, she became a computer keypunch operator for the Leicestershire County Council. Whilst in Leicester, she met her future husband, Peter Milns, in 1954 and emigrated to the United States for their wedding and a new life in Wichita, Kan., in 1958.

She worked as a computer programmer for a local bank in Wichita until the arrival of her daughter, Katharine, in 1961. A year later, the family moved to Issaquah, where Jill and Peter became longtime members of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. She volunteered for 25 years at Virginia Mason Hospital at the surgical desk and worked for Gilman Village books for many years.

In spite of being a type 1 diabetic since the age of 16, she led an abundant and fulfilling life of square dancing, camping, ocean cruises and overseas travel. She was a season ticket enthusiast for not only UW Husky football, but also for the Seattle Opera, the Repertory Theater, Symphony and Village Theatre. She was a bridge devotee, attending regular social bridge gatherings and dinners.

Music was important to her as evident in attaining her grade VIII Final level with merit in piano from the London-based Royal College of Music.

Her pride and joy were her creation and cultivation of her breathtaking gardens. She expressed this love of gardening and creative talent in flower arranging for St. Michael’s altar guild, as well as discovering her hidden talent for botanical china painting later in life. She was a wonderful hostess and was always the life and laughter of many celebrations and gatherings both large and small.

She is survived by her loving husband Peter Milns, daughter Katie Bronson, son-in-law Danny Bronson, and her pride and joy, her granddaughter Jilli Bronson.

Memorial service and a celebration of Jill’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Issaquah.

Full obituary and online guestbook is at www.flintofts.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Memorial Fund.

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