|Mildred Dean Mason Canton|
|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1940|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2009|
Caton, Mildred Dean "Millie" (Mason)
Mildred (Millie) Mason Caton was lifted from this earthly journey and joined the love of her life, Jerry Caton on Friday, July 3, 2009, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Millie began her journey here on earth Jan. 16, 1940, at Pleasant Home, Ala., to parents Alcus and Willie Pearl Simmons Mason. Due to her heroic effort in saving the lives of two people who were drowning, she was awarded the Carnegie medal and a scholarship to college. She happily chose Auburn University and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. While at Auburn, she fell hopelessly in love with Jerry Caton. They soon were married and had two wonderful children, Marty Caton White and Hunter Caton.
Millie started her career as a devoted educator in Brewton, Ala., in 1963 and retired only two years ago from the Okaloosa County School District. She started her career in Okaloosa County in 1972 at Max Bruner Jr. Junior High School teaching physical education and science and coaching basketball, softball and track. She spent her last years as a science teacher and as a guidance counselor at Choctawhatchee High School, where she helped many grateful students make important life decisions. Millie was proud to be an educator and loved the fact that she had the opportunity to affect the future in a positive way by teaching and helping so many students.
Millie not only touched the lives of students, but also of her many friends. Millie never met a stranger. She loved people and always had a great story to tell. Some of her friends have described Millie as extremely intelligent, fiercely loyal and incredibly patient. She was also happy-go-lucky, had an easy laugh and was very passionate about causes in which she believed. One such passion was those Auburn Tigers. She and Jerry were huge War Eagle fans. They enjoyed going to many games and pulling for their Tigers. She also loved going to Colorado to ski and always aggressively attacked those slopes. Only two months ago she was "zip-lining" through the rain forest in Honduras.
The soft part of Millie's heart went to her family. She loved Marty and Hunter, her children, with all her heart and adored her loving grandchildren, Nicolle and Dylan Manual and Caleb Caton.
Beside her children and grandchildren she leaves behind her brother, Dave Mason and wife, Reba, son-in-law Tom White and daughter-in-law Nicole Timm and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
A time of visitation is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Foreman-Brown Funeral Home in Andalusia, Ala. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Andalusia on Tuesday, July 7.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published in the Northwest Florida Daily News on 7/5/2009
Pleasant Home Baptist Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 05, 2009
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