Mildred Grace Hunter was born Aug. 27, 1916, two and one-half miles west of Le Mars, at the home of her parents J.D. "Jack" and Amy (Brown) Tindall. She received her education in Le Mars. Mildred graduated from Normal Training in 1933. She taught at Dalton School for a few years. She then attended school in Cedar Falls where she earned her teaching certificate.
On July 5, 1939 Mildred and Ralph A. Hunter were united in marriage at her parents' home. The couple made their home in Rockwell City, Iowa and then in Maywood, Ill. In 1943 they returned to Le Mars so Mildred could care for her ailing mother. In 1958, Mildred returned to teaching at Dalton School. Three years later she was transferred to Merrill Grade School and later moved to Kissinger Elementary when it was built. In 1969 she graduated from Westmar College in Le Mars with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Mildred began teaching at Kluckhohn Elementary in Le Mars in 1972. She mainly taught fourth and fifth graders. She retired in 1984 after teaching for 31 years.
Mildred was a lifelong resident of Plymouth County. She attended and was actively involved in the First Baptist Church of Le Mars. Mildred participated in many roles and activities at the church throughout her life.
Family was a very important part of her life. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her great joy. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, crocheting, embroidery, flowers and bird watching. She liked being in the country and watching wildlife.
Mildred will be lovingly remembered by her two sons David Hunter and Ronald Hunter and his wife Clara, both of Le Mars; a daughter Susan Miller and her husband Teddy of Alcester, S.D.; five grandsons Scott Hunter, Stacy Nilles, and Luke Kayser of Le Mars, Jarrod Kayser and his wife Tiffany of Ames, and Brett Kayser of Alcester, S.D.; four granddaughters Danielle Hunter of Tampa, Fla., Wendy Marshall and her husband Luke of Boone, Amy Krogman and her husband Chris of Le Mars, and Marie Bornholtz of Ames; 17 great-grandchildren Nathan and Kira Hunter, Mercedes Draper, Ali, Hannah, and Zack Marshall, Kyle, Aaron, Kelsey and Zach Nilles, Shayler Nilles, Matlyn, Kadyn, and Trennan Krogman, Kelsie, Kylie and Kaden Bornholtz and Mia Kayser; a sister Mary White and her husband Lindsley of Santa Clara, Calif.; five sisters-in-law Lois Tindall of Le Mars, Virginia Tindall of Tulsa, Okla., Gladys Morton of Rockwell City, Gola Hunter of Bloomington, Calif., and Teri Tidrick and her husband Lee of Winterset; and a special friend Tammy Bock of Le Mars; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ralph on May 12, 1989, two infant daughters Diane and Marie; a grandson Tom Nilles; step-mother Ferne Tindall; her husband's parents W.E. and Marie Hunter; four brothers Clark, Richard, Robert, and Stanley Tindall; a sister Florence Johnson, three brothers-in-law Robert Morton, William Hunter and Warford Johnson, three sisters-in-law Cleo, Mildred and Caroline Tindall.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Jon Meredith will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Akron (Adaville). Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the First Baptist Church. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com