Helen Ilene Adnet

Born January 4, 1928

Helen “Ilene” Milam Adnet

Helen “Ilene” Milam Adnet passed away on August 4th 2012, in her home, near Colorado Springs, with her loving husband, Jacques Adnet, at her side.

She was born on January 4th 1928, to Byron and Lillie Milam, in Eastern Texas town of Canton.

At the age of 16, she graduated from Garland High School, Texas and attended Draughon’s Business College. In Dallas Texas, she was employed by Ideco, an oil platform manufacturer, for 26 years. As executive secretary, she worked for Bill Clement, who later became governor of Texas for two terms and served as Deputy Secretary of Defense.

On November 3rd 1990, she married Jacques Adnet, a retired Air Force research and development director, and a former member of the teaching staff at the Air Force Academy. The ceremony was held at the Community Chapel at the Air Force Academy, and they made their home in unincorporated El Paso County just north of the Academy.

Her family survivors include her husband, and two of her five brothers: Dean and John Milam. She was preceded in death by her father, Byron Milan, her mother, Lillie Milam and three brothers: Garth O. Milam, Norris B. Milam and Muncie D. Milam. Survivors also include her husband, her nephews……. her nieces….and their children, as well as her stepchildren, Denise Adnet of Longmont, CO, Lisa Adnet of Spokane, WA, and Paul Adnet of Palmer Lake, CO, and three generations of step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a very special person, with the charm of a southern lady, one who was loved by all. She enjoyed learning arts and crafts, traveling in Western Europe and North America, and in ballroom dancing until restricted her participation in these activities. She also assisted her husband in the redaction of the first volumes of his memoirs.

Until illness restricted her activities, Ilene attend church service regularly at the first Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.

Services will be held on August 18th at Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 18, 2012

Helen Ilene Adnet

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Roy Anderson

August 17, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Fred Cox

August 17, 2012

Farewell to an unique lady, may you enjoy the new journey you have begun. It was a joy and a priviledge to have been related to an inspirational person with such a zest for life.
With fond memories, and deepest regards,
Fred Cox, and Donna Cox-Wall
Ilene's maternal first cousin, and maternal first cousin once removed.

Minnie Moreno

August 16, 2012

Dear Sweet Ilene, you always brought a smile to my face. I will miss you dearly and I will truly miss hearing you say "Hi Minnie Mouse my name is Ilene and I lean this way and that way" I am thankful I had the pleasure of meeting you and spending some time with you and your Husband. Your Friend Minnie Mouse

Michel Adnet

August 14, 2012

Une femme admirable que la vie et l'éloignement ne nous ont pas permis de mieux connaître. Nous garderons en mémoire sa gentillesse, sa douceur et les qualités de coeur que nous avons tant appréciées lors de ses séjours avec Jacques en France. Toutes nos pensées vous accompagnent.

Mike Hite

August 12, 2012

May you two seek and find each other in the eternities that is the realm of our Heavenly Father and our eternal family.

Jennifer Bruce

August 11, 2012

I can still hear your soft, lilting voice... You were a beautiful woman in figure and in faith. You have found peace. Love and hugs to those you left behind.

August 10, 2012

Dear Sweet Ilene - I will miss our friendship and the silliness that we shared. You have been an inspiration to me as you fought your battle with Alzeheimer's like a brave and graceful Warrioress. I love the way you always told me that my Dad was your "knight in shining armor." You will live forever in my heart and I know that you are in a "far, far better place," with the Lord - just like you said you would be. Rest in peace dear sweet Ilene. I love you, Lisa Adnet.