Marilyn Louise Mills Santaus, born June 9, 1934, passed peacefully in her sleep March 14, 2018 at Milford Health Care Center. She was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, the daughter of Bertram and Vivian Mills. She completed her nursing training in 1955 at the Gifford School of Nursing in Randolph, VT. Marilyn moved to New York City, where she worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital. In New York City, she met and later married Edward Santaus, moving to Meriden, CT and becoming a long-time resident there. She worked at former WWII Veteran Memorial Hospital in Meriden, CT, Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington, CT, and Elim Park Nursing Home in Cheshire, CT during her career. She was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Meriden, and then at First Baptist Church, also in Meriden. Marilyn was predeceased by her daughter Deborah. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Baranski of Greenwood, IN, Patty’s husband John, and their children Joshua, Alyssa, and Jessica; her son, Darryl Santaus of Orange, CT, Darryl’s wife Elizabeth, and their children Meredith and Benjamin; her brother, Bertram Mills Jr. of Newport, NH, Bert’s wife Idabelle; her sister-in-law, Diane Trumbull of Enfield, CT, Diane’s husband David; and her nieces and nephews and their children. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a humble servant in her church communities. Her Graveside Service will be held Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:30pm at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 817 Old Colony Rd, Meriden, CT. Donations in her memory can be made to Milford Health Care Center, Residents Recreation Fund, 195 Platt St, Milford, CT 06460 because of the attentive care she received from their wonderful staff. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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  1. I was so sad to read of the passing of Marilyn. I enjoyed time with her when we were both attending First Baptist Church in Meriden. She served on the Board of Missions and was always willing to help out with baking something tasty for .coffee hour. after church. I could always count on her to pitch in whenever I needed help. She had a beautiful servant heart!

  2. Marilyn was such a dear lady, good friend and great nurse. We worked together at Memorial Hospital when our kids were little, had daughters at the same time, stayed friends all these years. We shared our Lord together, shared a Christian camp together. I admired her sure faith that the Lord would work it all out! Now she has received .the crown of life. Rev. 2:10. God bless you her dear family!

  3. Patty and Darryl and family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I worked with your mom at Memorial. Such an intelligent yet humble lady who so loved her children. My prayers are with you for grace during this difficult time.

  4. Dear Cousins, It was so good to see you at the service – I apologize for leaving the lunch so quickly. I was so glad I got to see your Mom last fall – definitely worth the trip. I share your sadness – hope I can take a little bit of that away from you. It is a special, spirtual time of the year to pass. Blessings. Rick Mills

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