Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Vila Milan of Litchfield died March 24, 2009, at Emmanuel Home in Litchfield. She was 78. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, at the Litchfield Christian Church. Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Vila Jean Milan was born January 19, 1931, in Kimball to Everett and Pearl (Houghton) Hilary. She grew up and received her education in Kimball, graduating in 1948. Vila spent the next two years continuing her education at Minnesota Bible College. She married Calvin Milan June 26, 1950, in Kimball. they moved to Chippewa Falls in 1950, and a year later moved to Clarion, Iowa. In 1970, they moved to O'Neill, Neb. and spent the next four years there. In 1974, they made their home in Litchfield. Vila started teaching piano when she was in high school and continued teaching many students throughout her life. She was a dedicated pastor's wife. She served as organist and pianist in the Litchfield Christian Church, and the United Methodist Church. Vila also accompanied the Litchfield Area Male Chorus and the South Fork Singers. Vila will be remembered for sharing her music and faith throughout the community. She played during Watercade services, at senior dining and many other public activities. She was a member of the Litchfield Christian Church and the Christian Women's Club. Vila truly had a passion for music. She also enjoyed spending time reading, watching birds, being around friends and family, and she loved to eat pie. She always had a dog to keep her company. Vila was preceded in death by her parents, husband Calvin, and infant grandson Nathaniel Pease. She is survived by her children Jan (and Dave) Pease, and Jim Milan, all of Litchfield. She is also survived by her granddaughter Rebecca of Litchfield, and her brother Harland (and Ruth) Hilary of St. Michael; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.