Born in Birmingham, PA (Chester County) on July 2, 1917, she was the daughter of the late George R., Sr. and Marrinett S. Long Hickman. She was a graduate of West Chester High School and then went on to study at the Philadelphia School of Music.
On March 21, 1936, she married Ralph R. Milliron, Sr., who passed away on Jan. 14, 1988. For the 51 years that she and Ralph were married, Mary worked as a dairy farmer and a homemaker on Rock Hill. Before Ralph and Mary’s family moved to the Laceyville area, she held many other jobs in Chester County.
Mary was involved in many organizations and had several pastimes that were special to her. She attended Golden Hill Community Church where she played piano and was a member of the Secret Sisters. She practiced Quaker, Christian Science and Presbyterian. Mary was a member of The Oldest House, Rosie the Riveter in Chester County during the WWII war effort, highly involved in the Democratic Committee in Chester and Wyoming Counties, Pro-Ag Organization, Wyoming County Holstein Association, Chester County Fresh Air Program (which helped inner city children), Daughters of the American Revolution (she was a distant relative of William Penn). She helped with the probation office in Chester County and was a host for the Agricultural Farmer Exchange Program. She also held offices in the local and state Granges (Marshalton and Lovelton, PA) and was, at a time, the president of the Laceyville Women’s Club. She also loved teaching piano and being a 4- H leader. Mary presented the flag to the town of Laceyville that flew during bi-centennial that now is on display at The Oldest House.
Survivors include her children, Ralph R., Jr. (Gloria) Milliron of Laceyville, Alice Milliron Brinton of Tunkhannock and James Milliron (Kelly Davis Pascoe) of Laceyville; her 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, George R. Hickman, Jr. (Toni) of Paoli and her sister, Elizabeth Crossan of Chesapeake City, MD; long-time family friends, Richard and Linda Green of Stevensville and family friend, David Ross of Laceyville, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Thomas Milliron; three infant greatgrandchildren, Kyle Brinton, Payton Z. Milliron and Liam Brinton; her brother, William “Bill” Hickman and her sister, Jane Hayes.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. Burial will be held on Friday, March 21 at the Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, Birmingham Township, PA, at noon.
Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.
The family wishes to provide their own flowers; however, in lieu of flowers, the family asks those wanting to make a memorial donation may do so to The Oldest House, PO Box 175, Laceyville, PA 18623.