• Millie M. Bertrand
    March 12,2013
     

    Millie Bertrand

    Millie M. Bertrand

    Jan. 23, 2003-March 8, 2013

    MONTPELIER — Millie Margaret Bertrand, the sweetest and coolest little girl the world has ever seen, unexpectedly passed away on March 8, 2013. She was 10 years old.

    Millie’s 10 years with us were filled with joy, laughter and tears. She was an energetic and popular girl. She loved animals, swimming, riding her bike and scooter, and listening to music. Her wicked sense of humor and joyful sarcasm brightened our days, and her infectious smile will never be forgotten. She was an absolute joy to be around.

    She was born on Jan. 23, 2003, in Randolph, Vt. She came into the world as fast as a rocket ship, eager to experience the world. Millie was an adventurous, helpful and friendly kid who was always willing to help a friend. Her caring spirit was in evidence every day of her short life. She worked very hard at Union Elementary School in Montpelier, Vt., and later, Boca Raton Elementary in Boca Raton, Fla. She excelled in writing, reading, arts and crafts, and music. Some of our favorite memories of Millie revolve around music, singing “We Are Vermont Strong” — a song she wrote with her Union School classmates — with a full orchestra at St. Augustine Church, and playing with the Chimeringers at Boca Raton Elementary.

    Friends and family were the center of Millie’s world. She loved texting and talking with her pals, and she was always planning the next big adventure to the beach, to the zoo, or to the amusement park. She was looking forward to returning to Lotus Lake Camp in Vermont this summer. Her favorite band was One Direction, and she loved to watch teenybopper shows on TV. She truly loved to live life — and we are certain that she is trying to organize a party in heaven right now.

    She leaves behind her parents, Margaret “Meg” Bertrand and Michael Bertrand, of Boca Raton, Fla. She is also survived by her loving brothers, Riley and Beckett, who had been her constant companions throughout childhood and will miss her dearly.

    She also leaves behind her grandparents: Frederic and Elinor Bertrand, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Robert and Gillian Carl, of Beverly Hills, Fla.; and Leslie and David Gibbs, of Ticonderoga, N.Y. Millie is also survived by her Aunt Kim Bertrand and cousin Jack, of Boston; Aunt and Uncle Jennifer and Jim Templeton and cousin Lucas, of Milton, Vt.; and Uncle Tyler Carl, of Beverly Hills, Fla.

    All of us will cherish our time with Millie. Her family and friends will miss her dearly, and we know that her spirit will always be with us. We love you, sweetie.

    “Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel’s beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand.” — Hans Christian Andersen

    Visiting hours will be held at the Glick Funeral Home at 3600 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday evening, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Millie’s life will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

    Millie’s family will be bringing her back to Vermont for visiting hours, memorial service and a spring burial. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home on School Street in Montpelier. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Church on Barre Street in Montpelier.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Millie’s name to the World Wildlife Fund.

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