Millie Price Babcock

Millie Price Babcock, 93, of Clarks Summit, died peacefully Thursday April 19th surrounded by her family in Montrose, PA.

She is predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Floyd H. Babcock, her parents Maude Morgan Price and Llewellyn J Price, Sr. of Scranton, brothers Norman Price and Llewellyn Price, Jr, and sister Sally Stevens and also by her nephews:  Norman Price and Curtis Stevens.

She is survived by her three children:  Linda Lewis and husband Buff,  Montrose,Pa,  Margie Collins and husband John,  Stratford, Ct and Dr. Michael Babcock and wife Anne of Hopkinton, MA. She is also survived by six grandchildren:  Michelle Lewis Tabor and husband Richard, Lorraine Lewis, Jennifer Palmer and husband Kevin, Julia Collins, Laura Babcock and husband Michael Lipson and Stephen Babcock as well as her four great grandchildren: Jonathan, Bryn, Kevin and Charlotte and many devoted nieces and nephews.

Millie was well known to many in the Hyde Park area of West Scranton where she was born, raised, and lived for many years.  As the last surviving family member of her generation, she retained a uniquely remarkable memory.  Often this resulted in her recounting the family history of many others in the community when these details would otherwise have been lost.

After graduating from Scranton Technical High School in January of 1943, she was employed at the Scranton Electric Construction Company as secretary to Frederick J. Platt, president of the company.  There she met her future husband who had returned from military service after World War II.  Millie and Floyd became a well-known couple in West Scranton.  They were active members of Trinity Congregational Church, Scranton and the Trinity Class among other church functions.

Millie is one of the founders and one of the last surviving members of the L.M.A. club, a group of high school friends, who remained close throughout their lives for over 75 years.  Millie volunteered in the public schools in the Great Books program, as a Girl Scout Leader and served for many years as Republican committee woman in her West Scranton precinct.

Always proud of her Welsh heritage, she enjoyed celebrating St David’s Day each year on March 1st baking Welsh cookies or attending a Welsh Gymanfa Ganu.  She enjoyed spending time with her extended family, following news events and keeping everyone else up-to-date.

Millie’s children wish to express their deep appreciation to all our family, friends and neighbors who have been so supportive through these last few weeks.  We especially want to express our gratitude to Karen and Amy and all of the wonderful staff at the V.N.A Hospice of Lackawanna County for their kindness, care and loving compassion for our Mom over the past few weeks.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Congregational Church, 229 So. Main Avenue, Scranton officiated by Millie’s son-in-law the Rev. John W. Collins of Stratford, Ct.  Friends may call Tuesday, May 1st from 4-7 p.m. at Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash Street, Scranton and Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m.  until the time of the funeral service at Trinity Congregational Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston and James Funeral Home and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Congregational Church Endowment Fund, 229 S. Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18504 or the V.N.A. Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant, Pa.  18447.

 

2 Comments

  1. Celia Tomlinson Price

    Aunt Millie was especially dear to my late husband, Norman Price, Jr. She often reminded us that she was 10 years old when he was born. She loved taking him around with the girls to movies, etc. She always had stories to tell us when we could visit. She had a fantastic memory and loved filling us in with stories about many folks. She was loved. Scranton will never be the same.

    • Margie

      Only a few weeks before she died, Mom was retelling us how proud she was when Norm was born. Thank you for your kind words and remembrances

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