Mil­li­cent Clute Ca­jina

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

De­cem­ber 4, 1943 – July 17, 2018

My beau­ti­ful wife and best friend, Mil­li­cent Clute Ca­jina, left this vale of tears on July 17, 2018, at 74 years, leav­ing me and her other loved ones with a pro­found empti­ness. Mil­lie had suf­fered for years from con­gen­i­tal heart fail­ure, lead­ing to fa­tal car­dio-pul­monary ar­rest. She leaves be­hind our daugh­ter, Vanessa, and two step-sons, Ste­fan (Jeanne) and Alexis (Ni­cole), whom she raised, as well as a brother, Ge­orge Harris Clute (Suzanne). Mil­lie was born on De­cem­ber 4, 1943 to Ge­orge and Mar­garet Clute in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. She was raised in Palo Alto, where she at­tended Palo Alto High School, and re­ceived her BA and MFA de­grees from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley. She also stud­ied at the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). She was an ac­com­plished painter who ex­hib­ited both on the East Coast and in the Bay Area. Mil­lie met and mar­ried Robert Ca­jina while both were em­ployed on the Cal cam­pus. They spent 40 won­der­ful, in­sep­a­ra­ble years to­gether in a lov­ing re­la­tion­ship. Mil­lie re­tired in 2004 from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley as an Ad­min­is­tra­tor in Fi­nan­cial and Busi­ness Ser­vices, hav­ing proudly de­voted her ca­reer in the ser­vice of pub­lic higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Be­sides her artis­tic gifts, Mil­lie was a su­perb cook and foodie, hav­ing dined at some of the world’s finest restau­rants. She and Robert drank fine wine and were no strangers to the French Laun­dry. She was also a great cross­word puz­zle sleuth and loved English mys­tery nov­els. So too was she a splen­did seam­stress who de­signed and sewed Vanessa’s for­mal at­tire, in ad­di­tion to some of the finest Star Wars Hal­loween cos­tumes of the 1970s. And, of course, she cheer­fully mended Robert’s and the boys’ well-worn cloth­ing. A most fa­vored ac­tiv­ity for Mil­lie and Robert were long, re­fresh­ing week­end trips to the best of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s won­der: Big Sur, Pa­cific Grove, Point Reyes, Healds­burg, Cal­is­toga and, es­pe­cially, their fa­vorite din­ing lo­cus, Yountville.

Rest in peace, my love.

Robert Ca­jina

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