Mildred M. Foye
May 22, 1941 – March 22, 2020
Mildred (Millie) Foye, aged 78, passed away peacefully at her home in Houston, TX on March 22, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones.
Millie was born in Nashville, TN on May 22, 1941 to Joseph Finley McIlwaine and Mildred Buckner McIlwaine. She grew up in Nashville and attended St. Bernard Academy from age 4 through high school, graduating as Valedictorian. Friendships she made at St. Bernard's were lifelong, and Millie enjoyed the many reunions spent with her dear friends in Nashville.
Millie attended Ladycliff College for two years before marrying Robert (Bob) Foye (class of 1960 West Point) at the Nashville Cathedral of the Incarnation on July 30, 1960. She and Bob had met in New York City in 1959 at a West Point party. Millie and her roommate met Bob and his roommate that same night, setting the stage for two long, happy marriages. Millie and Bob returned to NYC almost every year for vacations.
With several young children at home, Millie completed her college education as one of the earliest women graduates of Texas A&M University, earning a B.A. in 1967. She was a lifelong learner, earning master's degrees from both A&M (1973) and the University of Saint Thomas (2005). She was an avid reader, and a formidable foe during a game of Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble.
Professionally, Millie worked for Orange County New York Child Protective Services for several years. She was also a professor at both Texas A&M University and Blinn College in College Station, TX for many years, specializing in British Literature and freshman composition. After Bob's retirement from the military, the family moved to Houston, TX, where Millie worked as a volunteer helping HIV/AIDS patients in the 1980s and 1990s. In this capacity she brought many patients back to the Catholic Church as well as inspiring new converts.
The most important job of her lifetime was being a wife to her husband, mother to her five children and a grandmother ("Mimi") to fourteen. She had a strong devotion to her Catholic Faith and was a loyal friend to many clergy and religious. She was generous to friend and stranger alike, and loved introducing people to each other over shared meals and conversation. She brought together former students, classmates, professors, priests, nuns, and neighbors, making them all feel like part of her family.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, her older sister Mary Finley Carver and husband Ted Carver, and her grandson Robert Lawrence Foye. Millie is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Bob, and their five children: Jim (Alma), Carrie Hooper (Rich), Rob (Kristi), Patrick (Ana) and Michael, as well as by thirteen grandchildren: Cathy, Andrew, Susan, Lizzie, Alex, Sam, Sarah, Ginger, William, Meredith, Annabel, Max and Sophia.
- Visitation Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Mildred M. Foye
March 28, 2020
Millie was a force of nature to this naive 17-year-old freshman at Texas A & M when she taught me English composition in 1971. She seemed to know something about everything, and I was an enthusiastic sponge. She educated me about books and social issues far beyond the scope of the class. I was sympathetic when her mother died, and a friendship began. What an enriching and entertaining 49 years it has been! So much laughter. I loved getting to know her family, still dear to me. I wish all of you comfort and peace.
March 24, 2020
I have known Millie for over thirty years. She was my best friend. She was there when I was diagnosed and for every major event since then. I will miss my movies buddy, our book discussions, and of course our glass of wine. Her family has been my second family. I grew up along side her children and learned to love them all. She was so very blest with Bob. God
,bless him. Millie, "may the angel band take you away on their snow white wings". You will be missed!
March 23, 2020
I had Millie in several of my philosophy graduate classes. In some forty years of teaching, I can say that she was the best student I had. Millie possessed an an agile, acute intellect wedded to a deep discernment of spiritual realities -- an unusually powerful combination. She introduced my wife and I to husband Bob and her lovely family, who have remained among the closest friends we have. I feel her loss profoundly. I pray -- and I believe -- that Millie now dwells in the presence of "the love that moves the sun / And all the other stars."
Department of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas
March 23, 2020
I feel blest to have known Millie. She was a wonderful friend to my brother Walter. I am sure that she is looking down on us with Ed. I remember what she said at Ed’s memorial “that he was waiting there for us with tickets to heaven!” Well I’m sure she’s got a front row seat.
Condolences to all!