Mildred A. Wall, loving wife and friend of 70 years to Gene Wall, devoted mom to her sons, Timothy and Thomas Wall, passed away quietly on the morning of March 30, 2020 at Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living in Baker City, Oregon. Millie was 92 at the time of her death and is survived by her husband and her youngest son.
Millie was born to Hans Christian Nielsen and his wife Mamie Israelson Nielsen in the town of Akley, Minnesota, on September 22, 1927. She was the middle child of three girls. This birth position would rankle her for the next 81 years, because eleven years later her baby sister, Joyce, would be born!
Millie was a child of the country. She loved swimming in Eleventh Crow Wing Lake and playing with friends and schoolmates. She graduated from Akeley high school in 1945 and immediately took off for the big city. She went to Kansas City, Missouri where she worked for TWA Airlines as a teletype operator. This is where she met Gene, fell in love, and were married on November 25, 1950.
For the next 20 years, and through at least five moves for Gene’s work with AP Parts Corporation, she would stay at home and raise her two sons, several Boxers, innumerable cats and neighbor children. Mom had an incredible soft spot for animals and kids. She continued to enjoy sports, becoming an avid golfer and an ardent supporter of her sons’ athletic endeavors.
In 1971 Millie, Gene, and their youngest son, moved to Sparks, Nevada to open their own auto parts business. Millie became the bookkeeper while Gene managed the front end of the business. When they sold the business, she went to work for what would become Wells Fargo Bank. She remained with them until she retired to Baker City in 1996. The next 24 years of her life she spent being a busy clothes shopper, baker, grandma, great-grandma, and beloved aunt. She stayed active in Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, having converted to Catholicism in her youth.
She is survived by her younger sister Joyce Schweitzer, husband Gene Wall, and her son Thomas of Baker City, as well as her daughter-in-law, Sherie Newell Wall. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Ami Blackstone, and Stephanie Wall, of Vacaville, California. She has two great-grandsons, Tyler and Joshua Blackstone, and her great-granddaughter Emily Bucker nee Wall. She was proceeded in death by her oldest son Timothy C. Wall, as well as her older sister Mabel Lennburg, of Baker City.
A memorial mass will be held for Millie at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Millie would love for you to donate to New hope for Eastern Oregon Animals. Donations can be made through Coles Tribute Center at 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.
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