She started out waitressing in a town that embraced her kind attention and loving spirit, many of Lafayette’s pioneering families following her when she opened a “front room” restaurant of her own at 1018 Oak Hill Rd. – immediately churning out breakfasts and her trademark coffeecake for a loyal and hungry following.
Mildred M. Harris – “Millie” to all who knew and loved her – opened her heart and sometimes her cash drawer to the cops, high-schoolers, and breakfast seekers who waited on the porch of her homey restaurant for a shot at her waffles and bottomless cups of coffee.
So beloved did she come to be and so much a part of the fabric of the town did she become that a semi-official street sign was erected by local folk proclaiming her part of Oak Hill Rd. “Millie’s Kitchen Rd.”
Breakfast at her restaurant was breakfast with her, Millie making the rounds to make sure patrons were coffee’d up, calling her regular customers by name and using “hon” or “dear” for those she didn’t know but soon would.
True to her spirit, she worked at her job in coastal Gualala until suffering a fall while crossing Highway 1 – apparently on her way to work at the Surf Super Market in Gualala.
Graveside service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette, Wed., Feb. 8th, 2017, at noon.