16 September, 1940 – 7 October, 2021> FUNERAL DETAILS
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Thank you for sharing with us about the wonderful person Milena was and the rich family experiences and adventures you had together! She has inspired us and Charles continually inspires us to love well. We look forward to meeting with Milena again with our Lord Jesus. So so much love and blessings to you all.
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family always
It was a joy to see Milena’s transformation of faith in the 1980s. She walked faithfully with Charles and had great love and commitment for her children, Paul and Jenny. She faced many challenges in life which became much more difficult towards the end, but she held to her faith. She is now with the Lord in the fullness of joy and her sufferings are over. Our prayers are now with Charles, Paul and Jenny that the comfort of the Lord will be their strength.
To Charles and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow.
Milena has been our closest aunt and one of our best friends. We enjoyed every time when ever together with her……. That is our loss as well!
She lives within our hearts forever!
Our sincere condolences,
Love, Ding and Zhen
I first met Milena when she came to England to Norwich in the county of Norfolk to join Charles, who was working at the John Innes Institute on the science park. My late husband was also working at the science park and through mutual friends I met up with Milena.
I immediately was drawn to the smiling warm person that she was. She joined the group of our friends and the Church community that we belonged to. She was with us for 6 months.
My first memory is at The Women’s World day of Prayer. Milena taught the young people in the Church to sing a song accompanied by her on the accordion. Not only that, the ladies were given instructions how to make biscuits. All this because we were praying for the women of the Czech Republic. It was a very successful day.
My next memory was when we Alex (late husband) and myself went to visit Melbourne and Charles decided to take us to feed the kangaroos. He bought bread to feed them, but on the way we met the local ranger who told us not to feed them bread. Alex put his bread in his pocket. We arrived where the kangaroos were and all got out of the car. Charles started filming, and Milena and I stood watching. The kangaroos could smell the bread in Alex’s pocket and started to chase him around the car. Milena could not stop laughing.
Another memory was of Milena’ hospitality, which was wonderful. I am sure I went back to the UK many pounds heavier. We had two visits to Melbourne and Charles and Milena came to the UK twice. Sadly that was all the contact that we had face to face, but have kept up the contact.
Milena was a lovely warm, kind and thoughtful lady who touched many hearts in England.
She will be always be in my thoughts and forever in my heart.
Aileen Grant, Newcastle, UK
Dear Charles and family - please accept my heartfelt love from afar - thinking of your family and Mili at this time. My best wishes. I won't ever forget Mili. Much Love, Dianne
We remember Milena as a loving and caring person. It was easy to see that she loved you, Charles, and really appreciated all that you did for her. You could see from the photos you showed us of your trip to USA that Milena was enjoying the whole experience. She was an important part of the Christian Fellowship at Evelyn Ridge and was regular in her attendance. We think her favourite times at Christian Fellowship were, not only the afternoon teas, but also when she could read a passage from the Bible and when we sang some of the old hymns. Her face lit up as we sang with her. You were a rock to Milena as she struggled to walk or do things that were difficult for her to do. You never showed any signs of frustration but only showed great patience and love.
You will miss her a lot but we thank the Lord that we will all meet in Glory.
We look forward to watching the funeral on Wednesday.
Michael and Marlene
Charles, Thank you for the testimony of your and Milena's life together. A Godly marriage. My prayers continue for you. One day, in His time, you to will see the glory of the Risen King. The Lord bless and keep you.
Our deepest condolences to Charles and family. From 25 years ago as a student of Charles, Milena and Charles always welcomed us with warm arms. You are surely our extended family in Melbourne. Many memorable moments over the years will stay with us forever. RIP Milena. Take good care of yourself Charles. Love from Yihan and family.
We thoroughly enjoyed out times visiting with Charles and Milena, as she welcomed us warmly to their home with a very pleasant manner, and was very hospitable with offers of food. Milena loved to join in with singing with a love for the Lord.
Graeme and Robyn Madeley
To Charles and family on behalf of Embrace we would like to pass on our condolences and our deepest sympathies we are thankful that she is at peace with our lord. Well done Charles you did a wonderful job over the years looking after Milena.
Nanny Millie was not my Nanny but calling her any less would not feel right as that is how she was introduced to me. Through knowing the Farrels for 18 years I also got to know Millie. Her and Charles always welcomed me with open arms as if I was also one of their grand daughters. I will never forget the Venuatu trip and the warm smile she had RIP Nanny Millie
My lasting memories of Milena Pallaghy ( Nanny Millie) are of her incredible joy when seeing and talking to her beautiful daughter and granddaughters. Oh, how her face lit up.
She loved each like no other.
Her hospitality knew no bounds. The moment she knew what drink or snack you liked, there it was every time you entered her house.
A beautiful attribute not lost on her daughter Jenny and myself.
I love the joy in your life that I was privileged to be a part of. Christmas and Easter will certainly not be the same without you
Rest now mum, I look forward to seeing you at your joyful best in Heaven
Love always Sean
Sending love and deepest condolences to Charles and family
Luv from alysia and James maloney and Ron betts and deceased Rosemary
When I married Mili I soon discovered that she occasionally displayed a temper ‘hotter than a pepper sprout’. I brought baggage into the marriage too. Over the years, as the Lord remoulded us, we mellowed. She preferred the name Milena but within our family she was our Mili, or Mum, or Nanny or Nanny Mili.
Mili had a great love for dancing (polkas especially), teaching German and European history, shopping, touring and picking up inexpensive souvenirs of all sorts.
Her greatest love was family and cooking. I used to complain why she and her mother, Babi, would cook a meal for hours which we consumed in minutes. In later years, as dementia set in, I missed her cooking immensely. In her transformation into a daughter of the Most High she never criticized anyone except when she saw someone with a weird hairdo. Once Covid appeared on the scene she must have asked me a ‘thousand’ times why people are wearing masks. It never got through to her.
We had many humorous experiences overseas and met wonderful friends in the Czech Republic, UK and the USA. When we lived in Michigan Mili purchased a huge melon and the checkout clerk offered to carry it to the car. I gratefully just looked on. When they got there he asked where to put it. “Just put it in the boot please”. He hesitated perplexed. “Where Maaam?” “In the boot” Mili said, pointing at the boot. “Oh, you mean the trunk. I was wondering how big your boots were.”
As her health and mind began to gradually fail over the last three years I would take her to local restaurants, picnics and drives to keep her interest up, despite Covid. She loved to read, and obviously would become engrossed. However, she could never recall what she had read. She loved worship songs on YouTube and often sang along. Over the last months she would frequently say “Yeshua”, the name of Jesus she picked up from Messianic worship teams in Israel. She had a wonderful 81st birthday, diligently read all her cards, admired the bouquets and got stuck into the chocolates. I had to keep her back. In hindsight I should have let her have a free go!
In the evenings when she was sitting on the edge of the bed in pyjamas we would look each other closely in the eyes. She would repeatedly ask, “Why are you always taking care of me?” “Because I love you. And because you are my wife. Stop worrying; I will always be here for you. Now go to sleep” On her last night at home she could no longer walk and fell over against the side of the mattress at 3am. Even the paramedics struggled to get her up. I accompanied her to the ambulance, then kissed her and said “Just think about Jesus”. She rested peacefully in the ambulance after that. It was impossible for me to visit her. I ended up in hospital myself for a few days on a drip with an infected shin. I am confident that it was all in God’s timing. I could not have coped. The fall got her to receive better care in a hospital! Now, she is better off than I am. I am most grateful that she passed peacefully in her sleep. Her miserable bodily condition and constant itchy rashes and blisters gave me much grief despite everything we gave her and despite much prayer. She has been released from all of that and is rejoicing right now in Paradise. That was the Lord’s way of answering our prayers for her to be healed.
I thank everybody for your wonderful condolences, gifts and cards in memory of my wonderful Milena.
Heartfelt condolences from the US, particularly Washington State.
My husband Brad and I had the opportunity to have ‘Kali and Mili’ (as they often called one another) in our home while traveling to America with a group of church friends in 2009. We loved them instantly, and shared two precious weeks in the fellowship of the Word, laughter, and sweet times, forming a lasting bond of love in the Lord. They were a blessing among our fellowship and loved by all.
They were always ready to sightsee here in Seattle, and surrounding areas in the Pacific NW. Though Milena had some physical challenges, she was always in for a challenge, and the first one with her coat and bag under arm.
We have continued to correspond in the years since, and thrilled when a few years ago they returned for a week, on their travels east to visit old colleagues and friends.
Milena loved to shop and especially for her grandchildren. I was able to take her to local shops and participate as she searched for the perfect gifts to present to them when returning to Ozzie. They spoke so often of their adult children we felt as if we knew them ourselves, in two short weeks.
They left an Eternal imprint on our home and lives, when they continued on to Alaska from Seattle. I truly wish we could have always have had them in our lives, on a daily basis. My heart stills longs to sit with them and listen to their life’s journey into Christ. Rich, rich beyond, more than all I have ever met in life.
Milena has no regrets or sorrows, health issues, or lack any longer. Without reservation, I know Charles will remain steadfast in his hearts great desire, that all men come to know the fullness of the knowledge of the love of The Lord Jesus Christ toward every man. I love them both dearly.
Till we meet again, sincerest love, Sue Barnard, Seattle (Tecoma)
See you soon dear Milena
My Mum, Milena Pallaghy.
My Mum was a loving, kind-hearted, generous person, willing to help those in need. Self-sacrificing, hard-working, capable, intelligent, strong, talented, respected, caring, encouraging, hospitable, and considered others first. She loved to enjoy life, to laugh, celebrate, and worked hard to create lots of fun-filled times for all. A truly beautiful person. Mum was incredibly hospitable, and a wonderful cook. Her great enjoyments were family, Church, celebrations, (Christmas, Easter and Birthdays), holidays, picnics and BBQs. Pizza and Gelati nights, Movies, music, singing, playing games. Lorne beach and fruit picking. Teaching her students and seeing them excel. Promoting what she loved and thought worthwhile. Who could forget the Cuckoo Restaurant?
Early childhood memories are of Dad reading the children’s Bible to Paul and I. Mum read us stories or sing to us, before saying our prayers with us at night. It was so good to know we were loved, safe and secure. As we grew older, I loved watching movies with the family, or musicals with Mum and Babi.
My favourite memories ever of Mum are the European style Christmas celebrations she created for us when I was young. Mum ensured that they were a magical experience. The beautiful scent of Christmas pine, heavenly scents of turkey wafted through the house and a beautiful Christmas Eve followed. Carol singing, Christmas drink, delicious desserts, homemade Czech Christmas biscuits and lebkuchen. The delight of beautifully wrapped presents appearing magically under the tree, with real candles, lights and tinsel enthralled me. Amazingly, St Nicholas (Mum) always ensured I received the present I wanted most, wrapped in the prettiest of papers. It was such a happy time, shared with dearly loved family and friends; both Babis, Uncle Boris, Auntie Jana, Blanka, Peter, Anyu, Apu, the Kuebler family. Later Kathy, Martin, Sean and Justine joined the family for gourmet Christmas dinners, and then grandchildren followed: Stuart and Max, Alex, and our own girls. Mum loved these events and worked hard with Auntie Jana to ensure they were a source of delight to us all. Of course, our families became too large to meet on Christmas Eve, but we continued to carry on these wonderful, but changing traditions, with Mum and Dad, Paul and Justine, Kamin, Kristi, Tom and Marcus, Sean and myself, Claire, Dallas and Montana. What fun.
Of course, I have many other great memories: Mum loved animals, and we were always allowed to have a pet cat or dog, budgies, goldfish, chicks and even an awesome bunny, Goosey. Thankyou Mum and Dad for this. I still love animals to this day.
Later there was the joy of trips into town with Mum, Dad and Paul, Pancake parlour for lunch (blueberry pancakes every time) and movies, and the enormous fun of shopping trips with Mum and lunch in the city as I became older again. I really miss those trips. When no one else wanted to go to the Show, Mum would take me for the whole day. More sacrifice. As I became a young adult, I loved our changing relationship. I loved to help Mum prepare the dinner at night and the chats we had at this time.
Sean and I married. Mum advised us not to have children too soon, since I was studying, and she got quite a shock that Claire was on the way when she was overseas. Dad had to buy her a pint or too in the UK to break the news. After the initial shock, Mum was delighted, and went into Nanny mode, which she has happily been in ever since. I think she must have had a lot of fun buying gifts and clothes for babies while overseas, and for the Grandkids on any trips since.
Mum has been an extravagantly loving and generous Nanny to her Grandchildren, treating them to sleepovers, holidays, gifts, movies, songs, time, encouragement, tutoring, and help, even to some of their friends.
Mum and Dad even modified their house and added a spa, BBQ decking and garden for the fun of their Grandchildren, and what fun we had at the many lunches and dinners with our extended family, friends, and church home groups. To this was added a Pinball machine, soccer, air-hockey table, computer with games and toys, all for our joy and entertainment.
Mum and Dad always helped and encouraged us in all our endeavours.
Thankyou Mum, for being such a loving Mum and Nanny, and for all the wonderful times you gave us. I’m glad that we were able to bring such delight into your life.
Mummy, mummy, mummy.
I love and miss you so very much.
I love you for all your love, fun, care, and for the person you are.
I miss the delight that showed in your eyes when we would visit.
I miss your saying “Don’t go yet, you’ve just got here. Stay longer.”
I miss holidaying together at Point Nepean, Anglesea, and Shoreham, Zoo and Garden days. How good was the family cruise that you took us all on!
Now I look forward to the day when I shall see you again, fully restored, in Heaven.
Lots of love always,
Your daughter Jenny.
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