OBITUARIO

Millie Cagan

10 diciembre , 194419 junio , 2019
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Millie Cagan On the evening of June 19, 2019, at 5:33 pm, Millie took her last breath, surrounded by the love of her family, in the home of her daughter, in Mesa, Arizona. Millie was 74 years young. She was a devoted Wife, Mom, Granny, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend. Millie was born December 10, 1944, in New York City, to Cruz Maria Lopez. Millie’s biological father, Juan Antonio, passed away in World War II while Cruz was pregnant with Millie. Cruz then went on to marry Damian Robles, who raised Millie as his own. Millie was raised with an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Jean. In September, 1962, as Freshman in college, Millie met and fell in love with Rich, who would become her husband and lifelong partner. They married on September 4, 1965 and had their first child, Jeff, on February 23, 1968. Later that same year Millie, Rich and Jeff went on a once in a lifetime adventure and moved to Africa for Rich’s work. They stayed there for two years before moving back to New York and having their daughter, Tracy, on January 1, 1971. In September, 1973, the family took to the road to make their forever home in Arizona. Millie chose to be a stay at home Mom. The most important job in the world, if you asked her opinion. She was an amazing Mom. All the neighborhood kids wanted to hang at “Jeff and Tracy’s house”. In 1986 Millie and Rich began taking in foster children, because Millie loved being a Mom. Robert Cagan, the youngest of the three children, was adopted in 1991 at the age of 6, after being with the family since the age of 2. Millie loved all things travel. She loved going to new places, seeing new things and trying new foods. She loved Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands and Mexico. She loved going anywhere! She would often say, “traveling to an adjoining state is not a vacation, it’s a weekend away”. She’d take it, but it didn’t count as vacation. She would also say, “on each vacation I like to try something daring”. She travelled to China and Thailand, and rode an elephant. On one Caribbean trip she even walked up a waterfall. Millie is survived by her husband, Rich, three children, Jeff, Tracy and Robert, and three grandsons, Jonathan, Tyler and Jacob. She is also survived by her brother, Robert, sister, Jean, and a combined 9 nieces and 1 nephew. Millie was greeted on The Other Side by her parents, a brother, one niece and one nephew. At the age of 69, after her first bout with breast cancer, she even got a tattoo on her right leg with a pink ribbon hanging from a screw, because she said, “SCREW CANCER”. The May 2019 diagnosis of metastasized liver cancer, however, proved to be too much. Millie fought cancer with everything she had. She gave it her best from her first scan and treatment to her last breath. Millie was kind, caring, loving, vibrant, happy, generous with her time and heart, patient, loyal, feisty, funny and spunky. She had a love for her grandsons that could be matched by no other love. She often asked, “why didn’t I have grandsons first?”. She will be so greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She is loved by so many people around the world, literally. Heaven must have needed someone spectacular on June 19, 2019, and spectacular is what they got!

Servicios

  • Visitation miércoles, 26 junio , 2019
  • Funeral Service miércoles, 26 junio , 2019

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Jacob Cagan

9 agosto , 2019

For my entire life, my grandma was my next door neighbor, and it is beyond crazy to think that I will never see her again. I will of course miss the big things, like the Granny Adventures, and going on vacation with her and my mom. But the little things are going to be harder to live without. Going over to her house and not seeing her. No longer getting 'heart eye emojis' or 'kissy face emojis' every time we text. The hardest part for me will be never seeing her again. EVERY day, I would see her. Whether it was just to run over to her house to grab something, or if we were going out to dinner, or going on vacation and sleeping in the same room. EVERY day I would see my Granny, and I hate the thought that I never will again.
I love you so much Granny. You have been one of the most influential people in my life, and I will NEVER forget you. You were always quirky and would strive to make me laugh by the silliest of means. There's not a day that's gone by that I haven't thought of you, and there won't be a day in the future that I don't think of you. I know you're happy now where you are, and that you are with your mom, and I can't wait to see you again. You were an amazing person, probably the best I've known, and it is not fair that you had to go the way you did. I will make sure to wear pink as much as possible, because I know how much you loved it.
I will always remember and love you forever Granny. Words cannot express how much you mean to me, and how much your death has broken me, but I will never stop loving you or the family you worked so hard to create.
- Your Favorite Grandson

Tracy Cagan

9 agosto , 2019

Oh Mom ~ I can't even believe this is real. HOW can this be real? I keep thinking, HOPING, that I will wake up from this terrible nightmare and go to your house and say, "OMG Mom, you will not believe the most vivid, terrible, bad dream I had. It seemed so real". But alas, that will not be happening because this IS real.
I have so many amazing memories of you Mom. SO MANY. So many times I have said, "Seriously, Mom?", because you did something silly, or funny, or close to ridiculous, and we would both laugh hysterically.
YOU are the reason I am such a good person.
YOU are the reason I am such a good daughter.
YOU are the reason I am such a good Mom to Jacob.
YOU are the reason I am such a good friend to others.
YOU are the reason my life has been so great.
I love you so much and I have no idea how I will go on without you, but I will.
I will continue to make you proud.
I will continue to raise my son the way I know you would want me to.
I will continue to live life to the fullest and treat people the way YOU would treat them.
I will continue to be the woman you raised me to be.
And I will forever remember what you have always told me, "You're the love of Mommy's life."
Until I see you again...

Jen Whipple

9 agosto , 2019

Aunt Millie went wherever she pleased and pleased wherever she went.
Along with her beautiful, loud, boisterous, witty, creative, kind, generous and spunky personality, she also possessed a heart of pure gold which she shared with everyone she met. No, literally, everyone. She flirted with waiters, bank tellers, grocery store clerks, police officers and complete strangers, alike. Her charm and charisma were unavoidable and now she's sharing her flare with her new world.
Auntie M was a strong, brave , positive and unconditional influence on my life since the day I was born. The memories of laughter and adventure I hold in my heart will keep her alive in my world. So much of me comes from her and she reminded me often, saying the stork took me to the wrong sister. I can think of no greater honor than to make her proud by laughing thru the pain, being grateful for the small things and loving with no conditions, just as she taught me to do. I love you, Auntie M. Please come visit me. I have so much to tell you.

Jackie Piriczky

3 agosto , 2019

i think the real tribute is the love you created. Your family says it all. Our time was short and most enjoyable.

Godspeed my friend,
jackiep

Debbie Owens

2 agosto , 2019

I am so sad that this amazing woman is no longer with us 💔 DAMN CANCER 🤬 She is now up in Heaven with my mom, and making her laugh with her Puerto Rican sassafras! I will miss talking with her, for she always made me laugh, and look at things from a different perspective.

I only had the privilege of knowing her since 2012 when my son Jordan and her grandson Jon were in Ranger training together. We instantly became friends and realized that we were very much alike. We also were able to talk freely about our fears of our boys fighting for our country secretly behind enemy lines. It terrified us both fiercely,but we had to put on a brave face for our families. But it was awesome to have someone that “got it”, because most people didn’t. Even the ones that tried really didn’t. I will remember each and every conversation with my friend, for she was very wise. I am so sad that I can’t pick up the phone and just bs with her on my commute home from work.

Millie Cagan, Heaven has a new Angel and we all have a hole in our heart 💖 Until we meet on the other side my friend....cheers!

Marcia Robinson

2 agosto , 2019

My favorite memory was when we took our yearly girls weekend and went to San Francisco and visited my friend Tim who lived in the Castro District. We walked around the area, had dinner and even saw Santa and had our picture taken on his lap! It wasn’t until we got home and developed the picture that we realized Santa was a resident of the area and was not only jolly he was gay! We still giggled ever year when reminiscing about our adventure! Millie was the best friend anyone could ever have. Rest in piece my dear friend. Until we meet again!

Mary Macaluso

1 agosto , 2019

I was fortunate to share my classroom with Millie.
We laughed together,
We taught together.
We learned together.
Millie was a gal you wanted to be around.
Thank you, Millie,
For always sharing your wisdom with me.
You will be fondly remembered!

Debbie Magness

1 agosto , 2019

It’s always difficult to say goodbye, but know your memories will live on in your family and friends. Our moms are so very special and things are never quite the same when they’re gone. Just know the impact you made will last our lifetime. Give my momma a hug and we will see you all again🌷

Jeanne Ugarte

1 agosto , 2019

I only met Millie once at a Christmas at Tracy's. I attended Millie's funeral and was blown away by all the love in that room. It was truly overpowering. The photo montage of Millie and her family and Brendon's heartfelt sermon touched and inspired me to want to be a better Mom and a better daughter. I left that day feeling so much love for my own Mom and children. Thank you Millie for being an inspiration.

Michelle Crooks

1 agosto , 2019

Millie,
We never did meet, but I knew you. You were the most kind, sweetest lady. I knew you. You loved your family with your whole heart. I knew you. You faced the Big Bad C Monster with strength and determination. I knew you. You were goofy and funny and spunky. I knew you. You have touched many lives. I knew you. You have left a wonderful legacy in this world, your beautiful family. I knew you. You will be missed. I knew you!! Love forever from someone that didn't physically know you, but knew you!!!

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Biografía

Millie Cagan
On the evening of June 19, 2019, at 5:33 pm, Millie took her last breath, surrounded by the love of her family, in the home of her daughter, in Mesa, Arizona. Millie was 74 years young. She was a devoted Wife, Mom, Granny, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend.
Millie was born December 10, 1944, in New York City, to Cruz Maria Lopez. Millie’s biological father, Juan Antonio, passed away in World War II while Cruz was pregnant with Millie. Cruz then went on to marry Damian Robles, who raised Millie as his own. Millie was raised with an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Jean.
In September, 1962, as Freshman in college, Millie met and fell in love with Rich, who would become her husband and lifelong partner. They married on September 4, 1965 and had their first child, Jeff, on February 23, 1968. Later that same year Millie, Rich and Jeff went on a once in a lifetime adventure and moved to Africa for Rich’s work. They stayed there for two years before moving back to New York and having their daughter, Tracy, on January 1, 1971.
In September, 1973, the family took to the road to make their forever home in Arizona. Millie chose to be a stay at home Mom. The most important job in the world, if you asked her opinion. She was an amazing Mom. All the neighborhood kids wanted to hang at “Jeff and Tracy’s house”.
In 1986 Millie and Rich began taking in foster children, because Millie loved being a Mom. Robert Cagan, the youngest of the three children, was adopted in 1991 at the age of 6, after being with the family since the age of 2.
Millie loved all things travel. She loved going to new places, seeing new things and trying new foods. She loved Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands and Mexico. She loved going anywhere! She would often say, “traveling to an adjoining state is not a vacation, it’s a weekend away”. She’d take it, but it didn’t count as vacation. She would also say, "you should never cook the night before a trip" and “on each vacation I like to try something daring”. She travelled to China and Thailand, and rode an elephant. On one Caribbean trip she even walked up a waterfall.
Millie is survived by her husband, Rich, three children, Jeff, Tracy and Robert, and three grandsons, Jonathan, Tyler and Jacob. She is also survived by her brother, Robert, sister, Jean, and a combined 9 nieces and 1 nephew. Millie was greeted on The Other Side by her parents, a brother, one niece and one nephew.
At the age of 69, after her first bout with breast cancer, she even got a tattoo on her right leg with a pink ribbon hanging from a screw, because she said, “SCREW CANCER”. The May 2019 diagnosis of metastasized liver cancer, however, proved to be too much. Millie fought cancer with everything she had. She gave it her best from her first scan and treatment to her last breath.
Millie was kind, caring, loving, vibrant, happy, generous with her time and heart, patient, loyal, feisty, funny and spunky. She had a love for her grandsons that could be matched by no other love. She often asked, “why didn’t I have grandsons first?”. She will be so greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She is loved by so many people around the world, literally. Heaven must have needed someone spectacular on June 19, 2019, and spectacular is what they got!