Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Mildred “Millie” Gerard Memorial
Mildred “Millie” Gerard Memorial

Mildred “Millie” Gerard

Mildred “Millie” Gerard

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Mildred “Millie” Gerard

Mom was born September 28, 1926 in Abbotsford, B.C., the second child of her Swedish parents, Harry and Vera Nilsson Olander.  The family moved to the United States when she was six months old.  Mom hitched a peaceful ride on a butterfly or hummingbird from her home of 67 years on June 21, 2021 with her loving daughter, Valorie, and precious granddaughters, Tessa and Stefanie by her side.  She was 94 years old.

Millie is survived by her daughter, Valorie and husband, Gary Bisbey along with their kids, and spouses, Brendan Bisbey, Wendy and Scott Ethington, Tessa and Joe Jones; daughter-in-law, Linda Evans and daughters and spouses, Tabitha Allen and Christian Xavier, Stefanie and Kris Stewart; great grandkids, Asia and Jonny Boese, Jordan Kinser, Kara, Grant, James, Blane Ethington, Rogan Bisbey, Baylee and Bryson Jones, Josephine Allen, Liza Xavier, Torance and Jaxon Stewart, Baby Stewart due in January; great great grandkids, Arissa, Trinity, Bennett Boese; brothers, Henry and his family, Harold and wife, Kathy and family; sisters-in-law, Sue Olander, Pat Evans and family; special nieces, Joni Eleezer, Kim Olander Mayer and husband, Bill, Tammy Olander and partner, Will; special nephew, Chris Olander.

Millie was preceded in death by her first husband, Giles Evans; second husband, Floyd Gerard; dearest son, Bradley Evans; parents, Harry and Vera Olander; brother, Delbert Olander; sister-in-law, Gladys Olander, brothers and sister-in-law, James and wife, Vendla Evans, Bob Evans.

Millie was active in the community her entire life.  She was room mother at school many times, a Boy Scout leader, Election Supervisor of counting board.  She worked 5 1/2 years for County Superintendent of Schools Headstart and 25 years at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.  She was Director and member of Skagit Gleaners for 26 years; Samish Valley Grange member for 61 years; member of Burlington Eagles, Hoogdal Community Club, Sedro-Woolley High School Alumni Association, Old Time Fiddlers, Wild Women of Woolley, World Wildlife Fund, Green Peace, Sierra Club, Audubon Society. Union memberships of which she was extremely proud included IWA-CIO, AFSME, Teamsters.

Mom taught herself to play accordion at a young age.  She did not read music but played by ear.  Mom and her brother, Del played at dances for many years throughout the state.  Mom made lots of big dinners for all of us, mostly all by herself……Her specialty was Apple Pie.  She made an apple pie to die for!!!

Family was most important to Mom.  She supported her kids and grandkids wholeheartedly.  She went to their tournaments and watched all of their games and activities.  She also loved watching the Seattle Mariners.

We wish to thank Hospice, their workers and volunteers for their wonderful support and care for Mom.  You enabled her to live at home until the end.

We will be having a family barbecue in August to remember Mom.  That is what she would want.  We miss you, Mom, but know you are watching over us as always.


  • Kay Hickman Sass

    Dear Val and Family – Your mom was always such a positive, upbeat person. I remember all the special times we had with her and your Uncle Del in grade school and junior high – all those parties and always so much fun. And, she always had a ready hug whenever I’d run into her, years (decades!) later. My deepest condolences to you all.

  • sylvia ammons

    Mildred will always have a special place in my heart. With a beautiful smile and a special hug, she was always welcoming.

  • Cathy Vander Sar

    Val Bisbey is one of my cherished friends and that’s how I got to know Mildred, her mom! She was full of spunk and spark and always seemed to be in for a good time. She will be truly missed by her family and friends…RIP ❤️

  • Stefanie Stewart

    Dear Grandma,
    Thank you for always being there, for always supporting us, believing in us, and always pushing us to be the very best versions of ourselves! Thank you for raising the best son (my Dad) and best daughter (my incredible aunt) we could ever ask for! You always said that the one thing you missed out on in your childhood was having grandparents since yours were in Sweden, I think that is why you tried so hard with all of us.. You strived to be the Grandma that you never had and always wanted! Mission accomplished grandma, you went above and beyond with each one of us.. we all had our special adventures with you and you made sure none of us went without! I’m going to really miss our birthday adventure with you, Tess and Val this year! I miss the way your face lit up when any one of us stopped by for a visit, I miss the way you’d say “Hi, babe” when we’d greet you, and the hugs and weird kiss you’d give us when we left. I’m so thankful that you are no longer suffering and you’re free to walk, dance, play your accordion, and be with my Dad again! I know you’re watching over us! ❤️ I love you Grams, and miss you so much it hurts!