Woodward, Okla. —
Mildred was used to living in town but she adapted to the farm life quickly. Ernest loved to farm and Mildred was always his partner and sounding board. However, it didn't matter whether Mildred was driving a truck load of wheat to the grain elevator or simply cleaning house, she was always dressed neatly, hair combed, with her lipstick on. In later years, Ernest kept Mildred's lipstick in his pocket, making sure she had it handy when she needed it. Mildred and Ernest worked together to build the life that God had given to them. They had a unique way of being present in each other's lives whether Ernest was in another state following the wheat harvest or just out on the tractor. They seemed to just know what the other needed. They were totally devoted to each other.
Mildred and Ernest were steadfast in their faith. They shared the same goals in life and the same faith. Ernest loved to sing and Mildred was always ready to accompany him. They felt honored to be asked to have a part in services; whether revivals, weddings, funerals or just singing on Sunday mornings; to them it was sharing their faith. Mildred played the songs for the children's department at the Methodist church before Sunday school for many years. She taught her children the songs, then her grandchildren and eventually her greats. Each one of them can remember Mommer playing and singing "Jesus Loves Me" or "This Little Light of Mine". Mildred taught Sunday school and Bible school for years. Being able to share her love of Jesus was especially important to her. Mildred and Ernest were involved with the Gideon ministry, Lay Witness Missions, and the Walk to Emmaus Projects. It was their way of giving back some of what the Lord had blessed them with.