Mildred Naiman was a passenger on flight 11 on her way to California to visit two of her sons and their families. Having had knee replacement surgery shortly before her trip she was pushed through Boston’s Logan Airport in a wheelchair, she didn’t care! She was seeing her family and that meant everything to her.
Millie and her late husband, Otto, had three sons, Richard, William, and Russell, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. At the time of Millie’s death, another great-grandchild was on the way.
Before retirement, Millie, who was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, had worked as a tester at Western Electric Company (later Lucent Technologies) in North Andover, Massachusetts.
She was a widow with energy, refusing to let life’s loss or pain slow her down. She was the epicenter of action for most activities in her community.
Her son Russ said, “If something was wrong with her, she’d go to the doctor and say, ‘Fix me up; I’ve got a lot of traveling to do. ”
The Boston Herald on September 15, 2001 recounted that Millie, “swam daily, drove her elderly neighbors around – often too fast, according to relatives – and insisted on flying alone to visit her sons on the West Coast twice yearly.” The Herald spoke to her granddaughter, Heather Naiman. For years Millie had lived next door to her granddaughters, Heather and Hope, in Methuen.
Heather said that she “always spoke exactly what she thought at that exact time.” Like a good New Englander.
On September 10, 2008, Hope Naiman-Kea, wrote in the memory book for Mildred Naiman, telling her grandmother that she was now married and had a beautiful little boy. “I tell him about you all the time,” she writes. “I tell him what a wonderful grandmother you were.”
I am sure that her family celebrates the memories of a lifetime of love she created.
Mildred was murdered during an jihadist terrorist attack on 9-11-2001 against American Airlines Flight #11. Flight 11 was used as a weapon to crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM, killing the 76 passengers and the 11 crew members.
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