Millie Mae Oakes

November 29, 1928April 7, 2018

Oakes, Millie Mae of Ann Arbor, Michigan died Saturday, April 7, 2018, she was 89 years old. Millie was born in Brookfield Twp, Michigan on November 29, 1928, the daughter of Howard and Zella Hall. She moved to Ann Arbor in 1941 and married Marvin Oakes on June 2, 1956 and together they made their home in Ann Arbor. Millie worked for the University of Michigan for over 30 years before retiring. She was a loving and devoted wife to Marvin for 60+ years. Millie enjoyed country music, long walks and was an avid fan of U of M football. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Velma Beson and brother Edward Hall. She leaves behind her sister, Jenny Draper, goddaughter Kirsten Phillips (Sell), niece Debbie (Diuguie) Wiard, nephew; Dennis (Sherry) Beson, niece; Kathy (Tom) Neblett, and many other nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel 403 South Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service. Millie will be laid to rest in a private service at Washtenong Memorial Park. Donations may be offered to Memory Lane, 8064 Carpenter, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Please visit to leave the family your condolences. Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • There will be a lite reception following the funeral service. Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Candy Mead

April 18, 2018

Millie's sweet smile dancin' with Marvin. Wow.
Thank you and LOVE YOU BOTH so very much.

Brophy and Candy

Susan Mann

April 10, 2018

Another neighbor weighing in...I can never drive past their house without thinking of Marv and Millie. I used to love watching them go for walks holding hands. And their dancing at Friday night Happy Hours...Truly the end of an era. And yes, I too will miss Millie saying: "Right On"! RIP Millie.

Amber Luongo

April 10, 2018

Aunt Millie's upbeat and cheerful attitude could brighten any room. We enjoyed watching U of M football games at their home, and loved her and Marvin's enthusiasm for the team. She was such a gracious host. When we visited for holidays she always had the chips and dip and cheese puffs ready to go, and had the garage fridge fully stocked with pop. We will miss hearing her laugh and "right on" comments. We love you Aunt Millie!

Anita & Barry McKay

April 10, 2018

Millie and Marvin were such a big part of the neighborhood, ready to greet anyone who passed by. Their devotion to each other was a joy to see. Millie was always interested in how you were doing and never failed to ask. She missed Marvin so much we're glad knowing they can be together again.

Susan Hartman

April 9, 2018

Millie and Marvin were wonderful neighbors for many years. They were the anchor of the neighborhood on the corner, and were friendly and open to everyone.
I was impressed at how Millie rallied from her own ailments when Marvin started failing, and looked out for him as he became more confused.
It was a blessing to be able to visit her and sing to her last week, although she wasn't able to acknowledge our presence in any outward way.
The posted photo is from the 2015 block party--the last one Millie and Marvin attended.

bill shea

April 9, 2018

Such a caring and wonderful neighbor. Both she and Marvin made the Northside a very special place. I will always remember her hardy laugh and the twinkle in her eye.

Bill Shea and Phillis Engelbert