Mildred Elaine Lanier Root
Mildred Elaine Lanier Root, age 93, left this world at 7:19am on Sunday, March 3, 2019 while with family.
Millie was a lifetime resident of Texas, born January 8, 1926 in Abilene to Henry and Bertha (McNelly) Lanier. Millie was a smart and hard worker, which allowed her to graduate high school early and obtain a college degree by the age of 21. She met Bob while he was attempting to sell her a magazine subscription, and they married July 3, 1947. Millie cherished her Harding degree in Music, and used her beautiful alto voice as often as she could. She distinguished herself as a secretary, working many of her first years as the church secretary for Lyons and Majestic Church of Christ before moving on to Scott Paper Company and finally First City Bank. But work always came in second to her husband and six children. Millie was a natural performer, loving any opportunity to sing and act. She also loved any excuse to get together to play games and “laugh and scratch” with her loved ones. When she retired, Millie cherished the time she could spend with family - especially the itty-bitties! She had a zest for life, and was always cheerful and loving. Said of her own life, “I have seen and done everything I ever wanted to see and do and I am now content. I have been abroad, I have sung and danced my way around America, I have been in a couple of movies and several commercials. Although I never made it to Julliard or Broadway (which was an early dream of mine), I did marry a sweet, wonderful man and mothered six terrific children. What more could I want?” Millie loved Jesus and believed that after leaving this world she would join Him in God’s home. We know the angels are rejoicing as our heavenly Father welcomes her home. Millie Root was a great example for those of us she leaves behind.
Millie is survived by her brother Henry Robert Lanier; children Denise Bynum, Stephen Root, Jeraine Root, Lori Riley, Shari Bang; grandchildren Terry Root, Jessica (Bynum) Moore, Joshua Root, Alena Miro, Lisa Bynum, Jacob Bynum, Robert Bruce; and many great-grandchildren. Millie is preceded in death by husband Robert O. Root, daughter Cozette Michelle Rayburn, grandchildren Michelle Rayburn and Ocean Bruce, mother Bertha Lanier, father Henry Lanier, and sister Martha Elizabeth ‘Beti’ Brown.
In the late 1960s, Millie donated one of her kidneys to her daughter, Cozette. This was one of the first kidney transplants to be performed in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, Cozette's body rejected the kidney within a few hours, and she died at the age of 22. Millie was able to live a full, healthy life with her one remaining kidney, and never regretted the choice she made to donate her kidney to her daughter. Late in life, Millie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This debilitating disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.
In honor of Millie’s courageous life, her family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation at kidney.org/support or to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/nca/donate.
A memorial celebration of Millie’s life will be held at League City Church of Christ, 1801 E Main St., League City, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, with visitation at 1:30pm and the memorial service at 2:00pm.