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OBIT: Mildred “Millie” Esther Pals


This news story was published on January 11, 2019.
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Mildred “Millie” Esther Pals, 99, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 9, 2019. She died six days before her 100th birthday. Formerly of Manly and Forest City, she had been a resident of the IOOF Home in Mason City following a fall and broken hip.

Millie was born on January 15, 1919, at Sheffield, IA, one of four children to Gustave and Anna (JaegerHuber) Vonder Linde. She graduated from Sheffield High School in 1937. She was married to Clarence Pals and they began their married life farming near Manly. They were parents of one daughter, Judy.

Millie was a busy farm wife, helping with field work, cattle chores and the many tasks involved in operating a dairy farm. She was an active member of the Manly Music Mothers, a 4-H assistant, and a participant in Farm Bureau Women’s organizations. After a move to Forest City in 1959, Millie worked at Mercy Hospital in Mason City and later at the Forester factory in Forest City.

Millie was an excellent cook and could provide a full meal for unexpected guests at any time. She enjoyed baking treats for her neighbors. She enjoyed sewing, other handcrafts, traveling and reading. Millie was a serious competitor with anyone who wanted to race on horseback or snowmobile. Her friends at the Clark Street Apartments and at Forest Plaza Assisted Living were very special to her.

Millie’s faith was very important to her, and she was always active in her churches. In earlier years she served as a Sunday school teacher, AWANA leader, and officer in her church’s women’s groups. Daily Bible reading, and prayer were a significant part of her life.

Millie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Charles Madson of Ventura, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence, her siblings, and special cousins, Lucille Ragan and Ruth Bailey.

Millie has requested no formal services. Anyone wishing to leave a memorial may direct a gift to Calvary Baptist Church, 636 N. Best St., Forest City, IA 50436.

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