Mildred Ross was born In Sacramento, CA on January 30, 1934. After graduating from Sacramento High School, she started working for the governement as a secretary. Millie wore a red dress to a friend’s party and caught the eye of young Air Force officer Richard “Dick” Bean. They married and began a 20-year-long military career. They were stationed in Long Island, NY; Pope AFB in North Carolina; and Clark AFB in the Phillippines. They enjoyed travelling to Singapore, Bangkok, Saudi Arabia, India, Spain, and Thailand.
When Dick retired as an Air Force colonel, Millie and Dick Bean settled in Walnut Creek filling their dream home with treasures from the world travels. While working full-time, Millie graduated Cum Laude with a BA from the University of San Francisco and embarked on a career with the Navy at NAS Alameda. After 27 years, Millie retired in 1996 as a GM-13 Performance Review Division Head. Millie was the recipient of the highest honor given to a civilian, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
After retirement, still displaying that joie de vivre that Millie was known for, Millie and Dick enjoyed post-retirement travel to France, Italy, China, Turkey, and Japan.
Millie claimed as her proudest achievement her three children: son Tony, and daughters Kimberly and Laurie. She was a devoted and loving grandmother to Aaron and Ashley Perry, Rachel Adams, Racquel Bean, and Eric Adams.
Millie departed this life on May 27, 2009.