In Loving Memory Vada & Martha Louise
The Vada & Martha Louise NAF Scholarship is a tribute to the Millar Family. Vada and Robert Millar lost their first child Martha Louise at birth in 1951. The Millars settled in Wasco, CA in 1956. Vada was very involved in the local community, PTA, and church activities as well as supporting all the events in which her children participated. Vada was the driving force behind getting libraries in Wasco elementary schools. When her youngest child, Todd, started school Vada took a job as the librarian at Palm Ave Elementary School. She worked in that position for over a decade. Books, reading, and imagination were always important to her. She brought her love of books and stories to so many young children as they passed through her library.
Vada continued to be an integral part of the community. You could find Vada at CSUB Basketball games cheering on the men and women’s team and supporting local organizations such as the Noel Alexandria Foundation. During the 1950s a time where most women did not discuss pregnancy and infant loss. Vada expressed her gratitude and empathy towards Trinity. She acknowledged the strength it takes to have the discussion of pregnancy and infant loss. Vada was happy to know families have a safe space to be heard and not be alone when she felt like she could not express the pain of losing a child.
The foundation is grateful for the support and contributions that the Millar family has provided to the Noel Alexandria Foundation. Vada not only has made an impact on the community but has passed the torched to her daughter Janet Millar who has been a constant supporter and advocate for the Foundation since the beginning. The Noel Alexandria Foundation would like to continue Vada’s legacy and honor their daughter, Martha Louise Millar.