Mildred Marie Lair Thomasson Braun
Mildred (“Milli”) Braun was surrounded by her family when she passed away peacefully on January 2, 2022, at the age of 93. She was born on June 23, 1928 in Wichita Falls, Texas, as the only child of Alice Braddy. and Pete Lair.
She spent her early years growing up on her grandmother’s farm on the Great Plains of Oklahoma during the Great Depression while her mother worked in a nearby town. She has always been inspired by the unwavering Catholic faith of her grandmother who refused to renounce her Catholicism when members of the Ku Klux Klan showed up on horseback one night in their robes and hoods and set the house on fire. of her grandmother because she was Catholic. A few weeks later, Milli was living in a tent with her grandmother on the farm when the Klan returned,
trying to intimidate them again. Rather than renounce her faith, this time her grandmother came out of the tent with a loaded shotgun pointed at them and said, “I’m still Catholic, so tell me who’s having a problem with that and I’ll shoot them first!
Alice and Milli moved a few years later to Morgantown, Indiana, when her beloved stepfather, John G. Thomasson, was transferred by the military to Camp Atterbury. Milli graduated from Morgantown High School in 1947 and worked for Eli Lilly & Company.
She married the love of her life, the late Richard “Dick” Braun, on July 12, 1950, and their marriage lasted almost 60 years until her death in April 2010. She has often recounted growing up as that an only child she wanted a full house and, after watching the 1950 film “Cheaper by the Dozen”, she and Dad decided, with much prayer, to do the same. As a result, life was quite busy and hectic as they had 12 children over the next 15 years. Milli is survived by her 12 children and their current or close spouses: Kelly (Lee) Schopmeyer, Mark (late Marilyn Gault), Rick (Marge Carr), Nancy (Johnny Cross), Matt (Benita Pauley), Chris (Trish Dionisio) ), Nick (Kathy Mudica), Drew, Mary (Jeff) Heller, Thom, Tricia (Andy) Fox and Paul (Heather Dennis); 58 grandchildren and spouses and 50 great-grandchildren and spouses.
Milli was a small but powerful role model who set an example. Despite the daily chaos that accompanies a large and active family, Milli has regularly found peace and fulfillment in her Catholic faith, her marriage and her children. She had a keen sense of humor and was incredibly generous, kind and selfless. Throughout her life, she has displayed extraordinary grace, endless patience, and a genuine appreciation for the blessings of each day. His houses were always full and filled with a lot of love and laughter. Milli always made time for anyone who needed it and until she was 90 she would make a pot of coffee and a hot meal for anyone who stopped by to visit her. She was proud to have been elected to the Mt. Vernon School Board, where she was the first woman elected to that board and where she served with distinction for many years. She then worked as a nurse’s aide for many years at Belzer Junior High School. Over the years, Milli has always remained active in the various parishes and served the Church in various roles.
While everyone has been involved in taking care of Milli, the family would especially like to thank Kelly Schopmeyer, Mark Braun and Nancy Braun who have been Milli’s primary caregivers over the past few years and provided her with care, love. and exceptional support.
Visitations will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Flanner Buchanan-Carmel located at 325 East Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana. A Christian funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on January 6, 2022 at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, followed by a private funeral service for the immediate family at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. Memorial contributions made on behalf of Milli to Blessed Pope John XXIII Church in Fort Myers, Florida.