Millicent “Dadee” Reilly  

Millicent “Dadee” Reilly, 92, a longtime resident of St. Anthony Park and, later, Roseville, died on Feb. 10, 2024, in Tucson, Arizona. She was married 67 years to her husband George, who survives her. She leaves two daughters, Laura Roller (Martin) and Theresa Reilly, and two beloved grandchildren.

Dadee was born in Minnesota, but spent her first 12 years in McLaughlin, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where her grandfather managed a lumber yard for Northern Pacific Railway. She moved with her parents to Brookings, where she went to high school, and then college at South Dakota State University, also in Brookings. She earned a master’s degree in drama from the University of Iowa.

Dadee loved music and had a superb soprano voice. She starred in musicals in college and graduate school; sang in church choirs for decades; and composed religious choral anthems which were published in the U.S. and abroad.

A talented teacher, Dadee was one of few who taught at the grade school, high school and college levels at various times in her career.

Dadee had many friends in St. Anthony Park, Roseville and Duluth in Minnesota as well as Green Valley, Arizona., where she and George spent winters for the last two decades.

Dadee was interred at Roselawn Cemetery in early March and a celebration of her life is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 18 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church. Memorial gifts to Duluth Regional Care Center (DRCC), 5629 Grand Ave., Duluth MN, 55807 or St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave.

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