Romilda “Millie” F. Padgett, 89, of Jasper, died Tuesday (April 15) at Providence Home and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper, December 24, 1924, to Jacob F. and Colletta (Renner) Lechner. She married James E. Padgett December 31, 1947, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He died July 25, 1994.
Millie was a high school graduate and completed one year of college at St. Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute. She finished her novitiate and was named Sister Marie Robert before sickness forced her departure. She later worked at the Ben Franklin store in Jasper. She enjoyed farming, country living, and decorating cakes. She quilted weekly with the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Quilters’ Club for 20 years, and donated many handmade items to the church picnic. In 1998, she was presented the Brute Award by Bishop Gettelfinger for “Time, Talent, and Treasure.” Romilda resided at the Providence Home in Jasper since 2001. Over the years, she has won 15 medals in the Senior Olympic games for spelling and wheelchair races.
She is survived by two sons, Sam L. Padgett, and wife Marilyn, and Donald R. Padgett and wife Margie, all of Winslow; one grandson, Dale Padgett, Winslow; two sisters, Wilma Jeannie Seger, Jasper, and Luella Bredhold and husband Clarence, St. James City, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Providence Home Chapel with burial following in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services Monday at the Providence Home Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, the Providence Home, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.