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Mildred Louise Wooten

June 2, 1940 July 15, 2015
Mildred Louise Wooten
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Mildred Louise Wooten (Boyce), 75, formerly of Broomfield, Colorado, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. She was born June 2, 1940 in Denver, Colorado. Her parents were Grace and Oliver Boyce. She was preceded in death last year by her husband, Charles Walter Wooten, Sr. She leaves behind 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. at Highline Circle of Life (Dewitt and Tabler), 12114 Grant Circle, Thornton, Colorado 80241. Interment of ashes will be at Broomfield County Commons Cemetery, 12801 Sheridan Blvd., Broomfield, Colorado 80020. A reception will follow at Highline Circle of Life.

Millie spent her early childhood in Denver, living in an art-deco apartment building on Race Street near East Colfax. She attended The Peter Pan School, enjoyed Saturday matinees at the Aladdin Theater, and, despite her mother’s protests that she spent too much time listening to the radio, became a big fan of many radio shows that are now classics. She had a pet bunny that she would take for walks in a stroller in Cheesman Park. Millie’s family next moved to a house in Littleton which, at the time, was quite rural. There she enjoyed the feeling of being in the countryside and developed an interest in Country & Western music, wanting to learn to play the guitar like Chet Atkins.

Eventually her parents purchased part of her cousins’ property in rural Broomfield, and her dad built a house on it. They lived on Wadsworth (Rural Route 1, Broomfield) across the street from the historic Mandalay one-room schoolhouse. Millie attended both school and church at Mandalay for a while.
She then attended Arvada High School and graduated in 1958. By then she had her own lap-style electric steel guitar and was learning to play it. She was accepted to Western State College in Gunnison, where she intended to study Journalism, but unfortunately was not able to attend.

Millie married Charles Wooten on December 25, 1958. The couple made their first home in Arvada and soon moved to the brand new suburb of Northglenn. She was a pastor’s wife for several years at Hilltop Community Church in Parker. Her family lived on the east side of Northglenn until about 1971 when they moved to west Northglenn. She had three children and was a devoted and wonderful mother. After the children were grown, she and Chuck moved to Broomfield where they lived for over 30 years.

Her Christian faith being central to her life, she was an active member of several churches throughout her life: Village Baptist in Northglenn, Northwest Baptist in Westminster (where she also taught Vacation Bible School), Riverside Baptist in Denver; and Good News Church in Broomfield where she served as a lay pastor along with her husband and was also on the pastoral search committee. She helped her husband run Upward Bound Expeditions (a Christian backpacking organization), and she also joined him on a missionary trip to Taiwan.

Millie was a full-time homemaker until her youngest child was in school. Then she began work as an electronics assembler at Thor Electric in Boulder. Building on that experience, she moved on to Valleylab (later Ivion and Pfizer) in Boulder, manufacturing electronic medical equipment. There she assembled electronic scalpels and infusion pumps. Eventually she became expert at assembling and testing electronic infusion (IV) pumps and was promoted to Manufacturing Lead. When the company moved its operation out of state, Millie went back to school and graduated from Front Range Community College as a Dental Assistant. She joined a local chapter of the Red Hat Society, where she encouraged the group to expand its horizons by attending plays and concerts.

Millie truly loved life and enjoyed so many things. She loved Christmas and everything about it. She loved big fireworks displays and bottle rockets, and going for a drive on a summer evening. She loved classic radio shows and watching movies on the big screen. She enjoyed telling stories and long, involved jokes, and she was brilliant at it. She loved dogs and kids and hosting gatherings of friends and family. She enjoyed looking through old photo albums and explaining all the pictures to whoever was with her. She liked reading novels and the Sunday paper. Most of all, she loved her children and would have laid down her life for them. We will miss her every day.

She is survived by her children Cynthia (Walt) Wooten-Wolfenbarger of Port Orchard, Washington; Chuck (Justina) Wooten of Thornton; Christine (Doug) Chesson of Williamston, North Carolina; grandchildren Douglas, Garron and Caroline Chesson of North Carolina, Whitney (Mason) Oakley and Quade Wooten of Thornton; cousins Howard (Nancy) Boehme of Bennett; Mary (Tom) Lynch of Northglenn; Andy (Cindi) Boehme of California; and Ruth (Keith) Egging of Illinois; niece Anne (James) Ruzic of Alabama; nephews Mike (Cheryl) Wooten and Phil (Kathy) Wooten of Georgia.

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