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Jeannine Booth Millen
Jeannine Ann Booth Millen, 84
February 14, 1933 – March 16, 2017

Jeannine Ann (Booth) Millen, 84 of Ashland was born on St. Valentine's Day in Washington, Indiana, Jeannine Ann (Booth) Millen grew up wherever her father's employment at the B & O Railroad took them. Jeannine lived in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Chillicothe, and Willard, Ohio, before spending her high school years in Toledo. Her father, Dexter L. Booth, grew up in Ionia, Michigan, where his ancestors, the Booths and the Sages, had been some of the earliest Michigan settlers from upstate New York, and where he worked for the Pere Marquette Railway. He married Marguerite Haran, an office manager with the B & O where family members before her had worked as foremen and mechanics after immigrating from Counties Sligo and Mayo, Ireland.

Jeannine's three siblings---Dick (Helen) Booth, Bill (Carol) Booth, and Mary (John) Kane---have all predeceased her. She was a proud 1951 graduate of Central Catholic High School. She met Luther “Luke” Millen at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio where she was a receptionist. He successfully used the free lessons won by his sister to win Jeannine. Together they raised five children in West Toledo. She continued to cherish their dear friends from Luke's employment as a Toledo Firefighter, especially Mr. and Mrs Bill Neeb, Mr. and Mrs. John Marciniak, Mr. John Repp, Mr. Don Carper, and many others who are now deceased. After her children started school, Jeannine became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Toledo Hospital. Upon Luke's retirement, they moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, with several friends, and after her beloved Luke passed away, Jeannine relocated to Ashland, Ohio in 1996 to be near her youngest daughter, Linda.

Proud of her Irish heritage, opinionated, nosy, outspoken, and always happiest when surrounded by her large extended family, Jeannine most enjoyed traveling, reading and discussing history, watching Jeopardy, dancing with Luke, viewing classic movies, singing with her granddaughters, playing euchre, cuddling together on her big chair, and laughing with a good drink, especially a glass of wine, a whiskey sour, or anything with Irish whiskey.

Jeannine is survived by children Daniel Millen of Redding, California; Cynthia (Dr. James) Roberts of Ottawa Hills, Ohio; Kevin Millen (Kim Johnson) of Toledo, Ohio; Kenneth (Norma) Millen of Perrysburg, Ohio; and Linda (Terry) Carbetta of Ashland. She was very proud of her grandchildren: John (Cynthia) Millen, Kerry (Dr. Andrew) Hagner, Dr. Katharine Roberts, Meaghan Roberts (Mohamed AbouRayan), Callan (Elizabeth Krueger) Roberts, Pierce Roberts, Shane Millen, Katie Millen, Jillian Mills (John Glaser), Hayley Mills, Caroline Mills, Andrew Mills, Matt (Stephanie) Carbetta. and Brian (Veronica) Carbetta. She especially delighted in great-grandchildren Abby, Luke, Maya, Max, Angelo, Maddy, and Bella.

She was blessed with so many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a lifetime of memories were formed with the Rabbitt family on Clark Street in East Toledo, the Kane clan, all of her Booth relatives, and Seamus and Maureen Haran of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland. She cherished many good friends in Ashland, most especially Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lenahan, Mr. and Mrs. Tom McDonough, Mr. and Mrs. George Mitchell, and Ms. Joyce Pagano, among others. She loved her faith, and was especially devoted to the Rosary, St. Anthony, and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. She was a member and active volunteer at St. Edward Catholic Church in Ashland.

We will miss all of “Nana's” marvelous cooking and pies, her unusual way with words, her “beautiful room,” and her devotion to her family.
What will we do now? “Oh, I don't know.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Edward Catholic Church with Reverend Father Rodney A. Kreidler officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the church. Interment will be in the Ottawa Hill Memorial Park where her husband Luke was laid rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Edward Catholic Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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