Isabelle Jean Gardner Millette of Pascagoula, MS passed away on November 4, 2022 at the age of 81.
Isabelle arrived on October 25, 1941 in Pascagoula just a few weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor to the late, William “Bill” Thomas and Mary Catherine Green Gardner. At the age of 3 she was taught to read and this desire for education carried her through 13 years at OLV Catholic School where she was a 1959 honor graduate and served as secretary to the Dean of Fine arts at Ole Miss. She married William “Bill” Gorman Millette on December 28, 1963. Within ten years this union produced seven beautiful children. Isabelle high energy and mind for business still made time to work as a secretary at the Chamber of Commerce and Brumfield family. She was also involved in the community Singing River Art Association, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, OLV PTA, Mobile Opera Guild Governing Board, Pascagoula-Moss Point Junior Auxiliary Board, Pas-Point Little Theatre. Mrs. Millette also wrote and had many published articles both, personal and civic related over the years. She was involved in Renovation and preservation of the history and buildings of Jackson County as well as new construction and growth of the community.
Although reading and writing were still among her favorite past time, Mrs. Milllette also enjoyed playing golf, cooking, gardening, party planning, music, films, traveling, dining with friends and family, beaches, sunsets and all things coastal. With all these passions it is obvious her love for writing, art, heritage, community ran deep in this native Pascagoulian.
She is preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Millette after 58 years of marriage, and her brother William “Billy” Gardner.
Mrs. Millette is survived by seven children, Mary Gorman Millette Kalifeh (Christopher J., Sr.), Mobile, AL; Bernard Krebs Millette (Cindy Hammons), Whitehouse, TX; Franklin Gardner Millette (Michelle) of Houston, TX; Juliana Cerveaux Millette ( T. J.) Donna Isabelle Millette Bryant (J. Mark) Mobile, AL; Catherine Billard Millette Myrick (John A), Winston-Salem, NC; Joseph Gorman Millette (Jennifer B.), Pascagoula, MS; brother, Joe Gardner (Celeste), Vancleave, MS; sister, Mary Alice Gardner, Ocean Springs, MS; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 9:30am to 10:30am, followed by the Rosary at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Pascagoula on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00a.m. with Monsignor John McGrath and Reverend Adam Urbaniak, Pastor of OLV Church and Parish as celebrants, followed by burial at Machpelah Cemetery in Pascagoula, MS. under the direction of O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.obryantokeefe.com.