Mildred A. “Millie” DeSeyn (née Campbell) died peacefully on November 9, 2016 at the age of 80.
Mildred A. “Millie” DeSeyn (née Campbell) died peacefully on November 9, 2016 at the age of 80. She is survived by her husband, Robert; Her children, Julie DeSeyn, Katie Durand, Susan DeSeyn-Lodise; her adopted son, Charles DeSeyn; her sons-in-law, Sean Fogarty and Joshua DeSeyn-Lodise; her siblings, Jack Campbell of Churubusco, New York, Dorothy Campbell of Syracuse, New York, Gladys Weinman of Syracuse, New York and Eunice Duncan of Canisteo, New York and by her five spectacular grand children, Maggie Breen Durand, Shannon Breen Fogarty, Austin Robert Durand, Olivia Breen DeSeyn-Lodise and Samuel Gehrig DeSeyn-Lodise. She is preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Mary Breen Campbell, her brother Raymond Campbell, her brother Robert Campbell, her sister Margaret Dubois, her sister Alice Carter, and her son-in-law Jason Durand.
Millie was born on March 2, 1936 in Plattsburgh, New York to John R. and Mary Breen Campbell and she grew up on a dairy farm in Churubusco, New York; the eighth of nine children. She graduated from Plattsburgh State University in 1962 with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Bob, the man of her dreams, in 1968. He proposed the night he met her as was fitting for a woman as lovely as she.
After she married Millie continued her work as a teacher. The couple had three daughters and Millie and Bob set about teaching them to be kind, honest and thoughtful citizens. Her children remember her as a feisty and loving woman who encouraged them to pursue their goals and contribute to their community. She was the light of their lives, their hero and role model. Millie had many dear friends that she loved and who loved her greatly. She met the world with boundless generosity and did not suffer fools lightly.
Millie was hardworking, funny and whip-smart. She served as the president of the Young Democrats of New York State in the early 60’s and was passionate about education and the rights of women and children. After raising her kids she moved with Bob to Kuwait and taught at the American School there. Together she and Bob traveled the world. Her favorite destination was Ireland where her grandparents were born. In 1999, they returned to the United States and settled in Hammondsport, New York. She spent the later part of her life as a doting grandmother and volunteered for several local organizations.
Services at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Hammondsport on the Friday following Thanksgiving (11/25/2016) from 12-12:30 p.m. Interment at 1 p.m. at the VA National Cemetery in Bath, New York. There will be a reception (about 1:30 p.m.) following the proceedings at our house, 15 Lake Street, Hammondsport. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Joseph’s Hammer c/o St. Gabriel’s Church, 78 Shether Street, Hammondsport, NY 14840. Arrangements by LaMarche Funeral Home.