Millie passed away on February 9. 2023 at her home in Murray, UT. She was born on September 29, 1925 in Midvale, UT to Rade Michael and Andjelija Pankoich Masich. She married Jake L. Johansen on April 26, 1947 in Las Vegas, NV.
Millie loved to entertain and cook. She was able to cook even up to her last days. She always wanted to make sure you were well fed. One of her favorites was to cook for “Bohunk” Christmas. Millie would prepare for days which usually ended up cooking a whole pig and drinking Sljivovica. She loved to travel and traveled from Tahiti to Mexico, Jackson Hole to Maine. She loved to see new places and meet new people. A favorite was spending her birthday in Jackson Hole, shopping in town and going for a drive to look for wildlife. She was known to venture to Wendover on occasion. The last time she went she won $2,000.00!
Her spare time was often spent at a store talking to strangers, old friends, or cashiers who got to know her as a “regular”. Another of her favorite hobbies was “looking for treasure” which was everything from river rocks to diamond rings.
Millie is survived by her daughter Vicki (Dan), sons Robert and Jim (Alison), grandkids Michelle (Scott), Casey (Mandah), Rowdy (Amberly), great grandkids, great-great grandkids, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Jake, parents, brothers Mitch and Stevie, sister Mary, step-parents Bubba Mary and Doc, nephews Richard and Mikeal.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 16, 1923 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT. A viewing will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 am prior to the services at the mortuary.
We are constantly aware that death is part of the life cycle. Our love for Millie will continue on for us and we will miss her greatly. Our love also to each and every member of her family.
There was one time that I remember sitting with you one afternoon and I asked if you would ever consider getting a tattoo. You said no, but if you were to get one, it would be a dragonfly. All I want to say is that I can’t wait to see the dragonfly’s this year; I’ll know that it’s you coming to say ‘hello!’
Nana, I love you so much. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories and moments we shared. Thank you for being someone I could always look up to. Thank you for always making me feel unconditionally loved no matter what. I will miss you immensely.