DeSales Mallette

DeSales M. "Dee" Mallette

Tuesday, December 9th, 1924 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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DeSales “Dee” M. Milford-Mallette
Formerly of Pine City, NY
Went to be with her Lord after several years of declining health on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the age of 95. Dee was born December 9, 1924 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Victor and Stella Tillinghast. She is also predeceased by her husbands, Thomas A. Milford, and Al Mallette Jr. and son, Mark Milford. She is survived by her children, Steven (Judith) Milford, Denise Lively (Ridley), Connie (Daniel) O’Herron, Thomas F. Milford (Eileen), Scott (Michelle) Milford and Dorothy Poppleton (Andri); daughter-in-law, Barb Milford; twenty-two grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; step children, Linda Gardner and Allen (Fanny Belle) Mallette; and a host of extended family and caring friends. Dee was a graduate of Southside High School and retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital after 25 years in the purchasing department. Dee will be remembered for all her beautiful qualities. Her 50 year marriage to Tommy “Adrian” who blessed her with 7 loving children who will always cherish her non-judgmental and caring nature. Dee had a love of music and gave the gift of her beautiful voice to several area choirs. She also had a life long love of dance and theatre. While at St. Joseph’s hospital she participated in bowling and golf leagues. Upon retiring she volunteered at the Clemen’s Center as an usher, where she rekindled her friendship with Al Mallette. That lead to a 20 year marriage. Her family will also remember her traditional gift of homemade birthday pies and the hours she would spend choosing the perfect card. Dee will live forever in the hearts of all those who knew and loved her. The family welcomes your condolences and prayers at this time but a service will be announced at a later date. The family would like to express sincere thanks to Dr. Thomas Rodgers and the entire staff at Bethany Village for their loving care over the years. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Dee’s Book of Memories at
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    St. Mary's Church
    224 E. Franklin Street
    Elmira, New York 14904
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    The family welcomes your condolences and prayers at this time but a service will be announced at a later date.
  • Interment

    Maple Grove Cemetery
    715 Broad St.
    HORSEHEADS, NY 14845
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Love, Linda and Mike McDonald

Posted at 08:40am
To Milford-Mallette family we send our most sincere sympathies.
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Jennifer Dombrowski

Posted at 06:57am
Dee was a beautiful person! She was so gentle and loving. She talked about her children and grandchildren with love and pride.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you say goodbye to a very special lady.
Much love,
Jennifer Dombrowski

Sharon austin

Posted at 08:49pm
Heaven certainly gained a beautiful angel ..Dee' s contagious smile thru the halls of Bethany will absolutly be missed,, thoughts and prayers to the family ,, Dee and AL will forever hold a huge piece of my heart
Sharon ,, ( the kitchen helper)

Joe Buzako

Posted at 07:27pm
To the Milford Kids that grew up on Bartholomew Road, their spouses and children,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have many nice memories of Mrs. Milford. She was one of those neighborhood moms who kept track of all the kids that wandered through her house and yard. She had a way of making you feel welcome and way of letting you know when it was time to leave. She lived a very long life, God bless her. I'll always remember her as I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Joe Buzako

Arthur Reed

Posted at 02:19pm
Our deep condolences to the family of Ms. Mallette upon her passing from this world to the next. Reading through her obituary parallels looking at her face: in it there is so much to be seen of her descendants. Dorothy certainly is to be found in that face, and in the story whose majesties comprise so much of a grand human journey through this life. May the coming days see the Joy of Life celebrated, as mourning passes its rightful way and in its wake arises gratefulness for a life such as this... Margaret & Skip Reed

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