Mildred Lea Perry was born October 11, 1920 in Vinita, Okla. She passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Greene County Medical Center Long Term Care in Jefferson, Iowa.
Mildred was raised in Kansas City, Mo., graduating from high school and Burroughs College. She was employed in the Department of Labor and Statistics in Kansas City then continued that work in Washington D.C.
On April 14, 1945, Mildred was united in marriage to H. Dwaine Wicker at the Grand View Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Kan. They made their home in Johnston, Iowa. One daughter, Sherri Lou Schwaller was born to this union.
Mildred was an accountant by trade and held many jobs. She worked for Guys Nuts, Thiessen Abstract, Marean Builders and Royal Jewelers. These jobs allowed her to work from home while caring for their daughter. She also took a break from numbers by working at Tyler Photography. During her stay at GCMC she delighted in adding up telephone numbers from the phone book.
Family came first as she spent many hours driving Sherri to dance classes, swimming lessons, 4-H and Camp Fire activities.
She served as a Camp Fire leader for many years. Mildred designed and created hundreds of costumes for Rose Lorenz Dance Studio in Des Moines. She was a perfectionist at the job and often the basement was filled with costumes hanging from the rafters. When she came to visit, the grandkids always had a stack of clothes for her to mend. In her later years, she enjoyed repairing towel bibs at Long Term.
Mildred was a 50+ year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines and a volunteer at Mercy Hospital. With her caring nature, she helped many people. She was always the caregiver that flew into action handling each situation with determination and grace. However when it was over, you might find her passed out on the floor or a chair.
She loved their yearly fishing trips to Canada, but one of Mildred’s favorite hobbies was “junking” with the girls. They would all hop in a car, travel to different towns and shops, each looking for something special. She was always looking for miniature candlesticks. “Don’t let Dad throw these out, if something happens to me. He doesn’t know how expensive some of them are,” she’d say.
The Stitch and Bitch Sewing Circle was entertainment for all. Every lady brought their own sewing, knitting, or crocheting project to work on while they shared the latest tales. Afterwards everyone went out for lunch.
Survivors include her daughter, Sherri (Steve) Schwaller of Jefferson; a granddaughter, Kristina (John) Todd of Grimes; a grandson, Scott (Bree) Schwaller of Johnston; great-granddaughters, Katy Todd and Emery Schwaller; sister-in-law, Darlene Hanson; nieces; nephews and cousins.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine; parents, Marie and J.E. Johnston; her sister, Joan Bradbury; stepbrothers, Earl and Bob Johnston; brothers-in-law, Lewis and Vernon Wicker; and sister-in-law, Lorene Wicker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29th at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Pastor Lynn Gunderson officiating. Burial was at Wall Lake Cemetery in Wall Lake, Iowa.
Memorials may be left to the family, Westminster Presbyterian Church, GCMC Long Term Care or Christ’s Kids Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson.
Brown Funeral Home, Jefferson.