Mildred Pirazzini

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Mildred Pirazzini, 99, of Payson, died July 23, 2006, due to complications of old age.

She was a longtime resident of San Diego, Calif. Born in Chicago, Ill. on Dec. 2, 1906 to European immigrants, she was the youngest of five children and the only child born in the United States.

She left home at an early age to dance in the vaudeville circuit in the Midwest.

At age 98, she moved to Payson, Ariz. to assisted living at the Powell House to be near her niece Kate and Kate's husband, Tom Smith.

Last May, Millie fell and broke her hip and never fully recovered. She died peacefully in her sleep at the Hospice House in Payson.

She is survived in Payson by niece Kate and Kate's husband, Tom Smith (Millie's caregivers in her last years); and by her niece Edie and Edie's husband, David Chapin and great-niece, Kylie Chapin.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Powell House at 806 W. Longhorn Road. Interment will be with her husband Will Pirazzini at Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego.

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