Mildred (Millie) Virginia Davis Lange June 8, 1931 — February 18, 2020
Mildred (Millie) Virginia Davis Lange, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to all, passed away peacefully with the support of her loving family on the morning of February 18, 2020.
Millie is the daughter of Robert Cozzens Davis and Vonnie Bertha Burnett, born in Los Angeles, California during the Great Depression. She and her older sister Vonnie Elizabeth Davis Nichols were raised in Southern California. Millie was Daddy’s girl and loved being with him. She was a cute little girl with a contagious smile and golden locks and would often get asked for her autograph as people thought she was Shirley Temple.
She attended and graduated Glendale High School, where she met her sweetheart, Emroy Frederick (Fred) Lange. The two were married shortly thereafter and later solemnized their marriage in the Mesa, Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They spent the early years of their marriage getting Fred through school at Cal State LA and BYU, starting a family, and creating and nurturing life-long friendships. Millie has lots of friends – she loves people.
Millie and Fred raised six children: three boys and three girls in La Cresenta California and later in Kaysville, Utah. Millie was much more than a mother to her own six children; she was affectionately known throughout her adult life as “Mama Millie” and possessed the capacity to love and nurture all in her forever-expanding circle. Millie made sure that everyone received special birthday meals of their choice, presents under the Christmas tree, and attention for all important occasions. She was an amazing cook, seamstress, hostess, knitter, and much more. Her dinner table, refrigerator and cookie jars were fair game for anyone who stepped foot into her home.
She took the missionaries in like they were her own, and almost every time she saw them, she would slip them $10 for a meal. Her Daddy served a mission in the Southern States and she had a tender spot in her heart for missionaries and was proud that each of her children served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She held several church callings throughout her life and loved to serve. Millie had an innate ability to minister. In her golden years she and Fred served three LDS missions in Tarawa (Gilbert Islands), Jinan (Shandong University), China, and the Utah Valley University Institute of Religion. Upon returning from Tarawa they moved to Orem, Utah to be close to family.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband Fred, as well as two of her children, Robert Milton Lange and Bryan Davis Lange. She is survived by Debby Lange, Cathie (Randy) Jones, Jody Johnson, Melinda (Richard) King, Brent (Laura) Lange, and nearly 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Millie’s family extends their sincere love and appreciation for all those who knew and loved their Mom and Grandma. We all look forward to seeing her beautiful smile again.
Funeral service will be:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Location: Lakeridge 5th Ward chapel located at 58 East 900 South, Orem, Utah
Viewing and Open House: 9:30AM to 10:30AM
Funeral Service: 11:00AM
Location: Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery located at 4800 North 650 East Provo, Utah