Mildred Ann Nutting, nee Lagator, 83 of Glen Mills, PA passed away peacefully Friday July 29, 2022 at her home.
She was the loving wife of Bruce W. Nutting for 55 years, and the loving and devoted mother of their daughter, Diane.
Born December 1, 1938 in West Hazleton, PA she was the daughter of the late Kristo Eli Lagator of Montenegro and the late Olympia Jovovich Lagator of Philadelphia.
Millie (as everyone knew her) grew up in West Hazleton and graduated from West Hazleton High School, where she was an ardent member of the School Spirit Club – serving as president in her senior year (Go Wildcats!). At just 17, her adventurous spirit took her to Philadelphia where she studied evenings to obtain a Medical Technology Degree from Franklin School of Science and Arts while working days as a telephone operator before becoming a private secretary at Philadelphia National Bank. Upon receiving her degree, she worked as a Medical Technician at Saint Joseph's Hospital and then for Wyeth Pharmaceutical Company.
Always looking for new opportunities, Millie then became an administrative assistant at Albee Homes and then at the Drackett Corporation.
When she married in 1967, she became an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church of West Chester, serving as a Sunday School Teacher and for many years as a member of the Calvary Prayer Chain.
In the 1970’s Millie worked as a volunteer for Glen Acres Elementary School (most notably in the school library and as a homeroom mother). She also served as a Girl Scout Leader for many years.
One of her main interests was community theater. With her husband, she co-directed ten productions at The Players Club of Swarthmore, where she also served on the Board of Directors, the Production Committee, supported productions in various capacities, and successfully spearheaded the effort to fund and install new ergonomic seating for the theater. She imparted her love of theatre to the next generation, working with the Young People's Theatre Workshop. For several years she and Bruce served as directors for the West Chester 49ers Chorus Christmas Show.
Millie loved music and dancing, and her humor, kindness, inspiration, and creativity were evident when she entered a room and connected with friends old and new. She often engaged with strangers – particularly those in need—who immediately felt she was a confidant. She was strong willed and never afraid to speak up for what she believed in.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Diane Louise Nutting, her brother Donald Lagator (Judy) her nieces Christine Fickner Holmes and Patricia Knott (Mark), her nephews Keith Fickner, Donald Lagator, Jr (Lisa), and Calvin (CC) Lagator (Kristen), as well as several grand nieces and nephews and her cousins Michael and Scott Jovovich.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dr. Rose L. Fickner
Interment will be private, with a memorial service to be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org) or Calvary Lutheran Church (clcwc.org)
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.