Charlene Annette Arrington Millican

CharleneMillicanPhotoFrameCharlene Annette Arrington Millican passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  She was born on November 11, 1936, to John A. Arrington and Mary Louise Journikin Arrington in Quitman, Mississippi.  She was the widow of Dr. Richard DeKalb Millican.  She is survived by her children, Michael D. and Joy Millican, Cathy Z. and Dr. Vernon S. Melancon, Debbie M. and Anthony Padon, John D. and Luann Millican, Mary Margaret “Mimi” and Bruce A. Trent, and Richelle D. Millican Campbell; her grandchildren Rae Lee Millican, Michael A., Allison G., and Caroline M. Padon, Bryan A. and Mabry M. Trent, and Seth D. Campbell; and by her great-grandchild Remy M. Millican.

She graduated from Quitman High School in Clarke County, Mississippi.  She attended local business college and married.  She was an Air Force military wife and lived abroad in Guam, Okinawa, and the Philippines.  She was also Office Manager and Dental Assistant to Dr. R.D. Millican’s dental practice in Galveston, Texas.

Charlene was a loving and caring mother, who devoted her life to her husband, her six children, and her many grandchildren.  She face her many physical and medical challenges in life with a positive attitude, an inspiring amount of wisdom and courage.  She was always quick with a positive word and a simple, engaging conversation to put you at ease and offer encouragement.  She was an avid gardener, quilter, genealogy enthusiast and loved antique quilts, needlepoint, birds and frogs.  She was a person with a strong and steady faith who was very giving and generous.

A private family memorial service will be held at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Heifer (Project) International, or The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, or to the charity of your choice in her honor.  If you choose, please plant a fruit tree or a flower to remember her love for life.


  1. My condolences to the Millican family sorry for your loss.May you find additional comfort from God’s promise of soon a world without tears and pain.
    Isaiah 25:8

    • Thank you for your sympathy during our time of loss. Your kind words are of great comfort to us as we grieve our Mother’s death.

      Richelle Millican Campbell
  2. Dear Millican Family,

    I wanted to express the JOY that I had in serving your mom and grandmother. I will always remember her attention to detail and our beautiful conversations together. She was one of my favorites. I especially loved when she would “bring me things.” I will never forget how many times she brought a happy thought into my day, just by remembering me and sharing with me her passion for life. I will miss her dearly. You are all in my prayers during this time. Please let me know if the Eyes & Optics Family can be of any assistance to you in this time; we are only a phone call away.

    Dr. Lisa Thomas OD, PA
    • Thank you for your kind letter of condolence and for sharing in your memories of Mom. She lived a long, happy life and we shall miss her dearly; your wonderful memories of her and kind words helped lift our spirits.

      Richelle Millican Campbell
  3. Words cannot express my sadness. I’ve so enjoyed knowing & visiting and talking with Charlene for so many years and I miss her already. I’m so glad I had a few hours with her on Thursday before she passed. She was still very much alive and full of stories. She always spoke so fondly of my Mom and always told me stories of their adventures. She was my Mom’s best friend and it was so easy to continue the love and friendship of a great lady. RIP Charlene. Please give my love to all those that we have both loved and lost. Until we each other again.

    Irma Cortez
    • I cannot think of any words to express our heartfelt thanks for the condolence and sympathy you have extended towards us. We are really thankful to you and appreciate your support and love during Mom’s long illness and in this time of loss.

      Richelle Millican Campbell
  4. Please know that if you were having an open service, I would do every thing I could to be there with you. Charlene was a wonderful woman and over the years she became my friend.

    Elisabeth Schmalstieg
    • Thank you for your heartfelt sympathy with which you shared your great friendship.

      Richelle Millican Campbell
  5. Your mother was a special person, always a smile on her face and love in her heart. I know she will be missed so much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Remember the fun times you shared, and the sweet smile she always had.
    Irene and Wallace

    Irene F. Ladner
    • It was so thoughtful of you to think of all of us during our time of sadness. Your kind words of condolence are of great comfort as we grieve our Mother’s death.

      Richelle Millican Campbell
  6. May the “God of all comfort” provide you and your family with comfort and peace during this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). I pray that you find hope in the beautiful promise the Bible contains for the future at John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15.

    Tammy Gibson
    • Thank you for your thoughtful and kind words of condolence. It will be a comfort to our entire family.

      Richelle Millican Campbell

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