Evangeline Millard died peacefully on September 14, 2022, at home at Friendship Village of Dublin, where she had resided for several years.
Vange was born in Hochist, Albania in 1932 and emigrated to the United States as a young girl. Her steamship trip brought her past the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island, where records of her entry still remain. She grew up outside of Akron, Ohio, with her parents, the late Peter and Julia Dadoly. She attended Akron University for her undergraduate degree and received her master’s degree from Kent State University.
She served as a middle school social studies teacher at Litchfield Middle School in Akron. She was recognized as an excellent social studies teacher. But she was prohibited from chaperoning school events after she was caught dancing The Twist with another teacher as that dance was considered “too promiscuous.”
She met her husband, the late Sidney Millard, who invited her to a political rally for their first date. It was a cookout and he made her go get the meat to grill. I am advised that he paid her back. She and her husband lived in Bay Village until he moved his legal practice to Columbus in the early 70s. They resided in Worthington Hills.
Vange, her late husband, and her family moved to Granville in 1980 and lived there for more than 20 years. While she lived in Granville, she was the chair of a successful school levy and organized many 4-H Band socials. She traveled around the county following the band, including staying in the Hartford Fair dorms every year. She was also active as a leader for the Girl Scouts. She supported the Granville Kiwanis through emptying the maple sap buckets around town. She actively supported the Music Boosters by working the concession stand at football games.
Vange had many, many friends. She had so many friends that before the advent of “call waiting,” she had a second phone line installed at the house so that people could leave a message instead of getting a busy signal. Even so, people still encountered a busy signal when BOTH lines were occupied with her friends.
She was well-known for her extensive flower beds, vegetable gardens, and orchard of fruit and nut trees. Even into her later years, she would be able to identify all the plants around her and enjoyed eating tomatoes straight from the vine with the sun still in them. She did not miss an opportunity to join her friends in horticultural activities, and her family is grateful to the Ohio State Horticulture department for their activities at Friendship Village that she could continue to enjoy, even while in a smaller space.
Vange was very quick witted. Her comments often brought a smile to the faces of those around her. She was a great conversationalist and easily made loyal friends.
Vange’s greatest joy was when her first grandchild, Julia Legakis, was born, and she immediately left Granville for Dunedin, Florida, so that she could become a full-time grandmother. She watched Julia grow up and returned to Columbus on the birth of her third grandchild to resume her grandparent duties. She enjoyed hosting her grandchildren Tabitha and Abraham Shore for dinners and ice cream and playing with them in her home.
If we could all have a life that is so filled with love, it would be a good life for everyone.
Vange is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Julia Dadoly, and her husband, Sidney Millard. She is survived by her children Christen (Peter) Shore, Sydney (Ted) Legakis, and her grandchildren, Julia Legakis, Tabitha Shore and Abraham Shore and many cousins and “cousins.”
The family expresses its great gratitude to the staff and administration at Friendship Village of Dublin, Comfort Keepers, and Capital City Hospice, particularly her long-time caregiver, Darlene Chatman, for their kindness and compassion in caring for her during her extended illness.
A private graveside service will be held for Evangeline G. Millard at Maple Grove Cemetery in Granville. No date has been set. Please contact one of the family members if you wish to attend.
Memorial contributions may be made to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., Suite 170, Columbus, OH 43231.
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