Aug 18,1943---Apr 20,2021

Mildred “Millie” Rose (Gillen) Donovan, 77, Shawnee, KS, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Kansas City Hospice House. Her end-of-life service will be held at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS on Tuesday, April 27 beginning with a visitation and family-led Rosary at 10:00 a.m., followed by a remembrance service from 10:30 to 11:30 a.mDue to Covid-19, social distancing and other variables, there will not be a post-service gathering hosted by the family or funeral home.

 

Millie was born August 18, 1943 in Kingman, KS, the daughter of George and Agnes (Grieving) Gillen of Winfield, KS. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1962. She would follow her older sister, Lenore (GillenBefort from Winfield to the big city of Kansas City where she graduated from Hays Hairdressing Academy. A lover of life and fast cars, she would meet her future husband, Daniel Anthony Donovan of Shawnee, KS at Donovan’s Service where he eyed her and her ’61 Chevy Impala convertible. This spark fueled 54-years of marriage and filled their home with four children, Julie Ann Donovan George, Steven Anthony Donovan, Susan Renee Donovan Gottschall, and Andrew Joseph Donovan. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved Aunt Jean and Uncle Bill Young of Kingman, KS. Millie is survived by her husband, Dan and their four children and their spouses –David George, Erin (Israel) Donovan, Bret Gottschall, and Natalie (Harbin) Donovan, all of the KC metro areaShe leaves behind her 10 cherished and very spoiled grandchildren, Evan Daniel, Ethan Christopher and Alexander Davis George; Jack Andrew, Suzette Rose and Gwyneth Georganne Donovan; Tess Ruby and Donovan Thomas Gottschall, and Greyson Lee and Emery Gillen Donovan. She is also survived by her siblings LenorBefort, Delores Buchanan, Marjo Smith, Gerry Gillen, Dorthy Strohl, Mary Skyberg, George Gillen, and Larry JoGillen. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Millie’s name to the dedicated and amazing Kansas City Hospice House at 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200Kansas City, MO 64114 or via KCHospice.org.



Condolences

Sharon Hindman Apr 22 ,2021

coworker ,Olathe ,Kansas

Steve and Andrew, So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Sharon

Derrick Love Apr 23 ,2021

Co-worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Steve & Andrew, My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

Randy & Julie Clayton Apr 23 ,2021

Co-Worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Donovan Family, We are sorry for your loss. May the hole that is in your heart be filled with many happy memories of her. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Randy & Julie

Anne Thacker Apr 23 ,2021

Co-Worker ,Olathe ,Kansas

Steve, Andrew and the Donovan Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May knowing that your Mom is healed and in the arms of Jesus bring you comfort. Anne

Barbara Zoeller Apr 25 ,2021

Cousin ,Dubuque ,Iowa

To the Donovans and Gillens, We were so sad to hear of Millie's death. The obituary picture is perfect for the memory I have of Millie. We had lots of fun during our younger years. Millie was always the "older" cousin that was willing to let us tag along as we dragged main, whether it was in Winfield or Kingman. I often think of her when I peel an orange. She was so fond of them. Our sympathy to all of you on your loss. Sincerely, Barb Zoeller

Joe and Angie Boone Apr 26 ,2021

Friends of the Family ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Sorry to hear the news Thoughts and continued prayers to you all. All our love Joe and Angie Boone

Brian Strohl Apr 26 ,2021

Nephew ,Olathe ,Kansas

Dan, Julie, Steve, Susan and Andy, We were so sorry to hear the news of your Mom’s passing. Millie was a great lady with such a wonderful smile and infectious laugh. I know there isn’t anything that can be said to make your loss easier but I have so many wonderful memories of all of you in Winfield and Kingman and Aunt Millie will always be a big part of those. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss and I know your Mom’s memory will be kept in all of our hearts. God Bless you all. Brian Strohl and family!!

Brian Strohl Apr 26 ,2021

Nephew ,Olathe ,Kansas

Dan, Julie, Steve, Susan and Andy, We were so very sorry to hear the news of your Mom’s passing. She was a great lady with a wonderful smile and infectious laugh. I know the nothing can be said to make your loss easier, but I have such wonderful memories of all of you from Winfield and Kingman and Aunt Millie will always be a huge part of those. Please accept our condolences and know that the memories of Aunt Millie will always bring a smile to our faces. God bless you all, Brian Strohl and family.

George and Denise Gomez Apr 26 ,2021

Friends offamily ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Donovan, George, and Gottschall families, we are so very sorry to hear about Millie. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Sincerely, George and Denise Gomez

Michelle H Nordmeyer Apr 27 ,2021

Niece ,Dallas ,Texas

Aunt Millie - your service was beautiful! Your children and family are a wonderful testament to the kind and loving wife, mother and person you were. I have many great memories from long ago and have always loved you so much! Although you will be missed terribly, our joy is in knowing you are no longer in pain and with the Lord! Say hi to Mom for me. Sending love, good thoughts and prayers to Uncle Dan, Julie, Steven, Susan and Andy and your families.

Theresa Jo Groene Waite May 03 ,2021

classmate and friend ,Winfield ,Kansas

So sorry to hear of her passing. Since high school we had lost contact with each other. I knew "Millie" at Holy Name grade school and Winfield High School. I think we even shared a locker one year. I remember visiting the Gillen House and staying overnight. Goodness that was like a life time ago. She was such a fun loving person. I presume from the mention of hospice she suffered from cancer. I send my sympathies to the family. May God bless you and may she rest in peace.

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Apr 27 ,2021
Time:
10:00 AM
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Event:
Celebration of Life
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Apr 27 ,2021
Time:
10:30 AM
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