Mildred Lou (Millie) Kissinger
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On Christmas day 1936, Mildred Lou (Millie) Neil arrived in Nampa ID, to Ralph Walter Neil and Mildred Roberta Waterman. Early in the morning of March 7, 2013, after a long battle with breast/bone cancer, at the age of 76 she departed Tallahassee, Florida for her new address with our Lord in Heaven.
As a young girl, Millie moved with her family from Idaho to Minnesota. She graduated from Burwell Elementary School, Minnetonka Mills (salutatorian of her 8th grade) and from Minnetonka High School in 1955. She attended Colorado College (1955-1958), Northwest Nazarene College (1958 - 1960), and graduated from LSU in 1960 with a degree in Physical Education.She earned a graduate degree in pharmacology from FAMU and did graduate work at FSU. Millie taught high school Physical Education in Ft. Worth, TX, Shreveport, LA, Greeley, CO and Baton Rouge, LA.
Millie had two daughters Maleha Jane Mason and Malinda Roberta Mason from her first marriage.
Millie married Gary Kissinger on August 20, 1982. They shared their lives and their blended families for thirty years.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph W. and Mildred Neil, and her daughter Malinda. She is survived by her husband Gary of Tallahassee; daughter Maleha (Raymond) Cochran; grandson Neil, all of Tallahassee; Gary's children Greg (Ginger) Kissinger of Indianapolis, IN, Leelee (Ron) Davidson, Kitten (Clint) Grimes, all of Tallahassee, FL and Chris Kissinger of Los Angeles, and Gary's grandchildren Duncan and Macy Kissinger of Indianapolis, IN Brittany Davidson, Kaitlyn and Christian Grimes of Tallahassee, Fl., Josh Tomlinson, of West Palm Beach, FL and brother Ralph E. (Lynn) Neil of Nampa, Idaho and their families.
A Requiem Mass will be held for Millie at 2 p.m. March 13, 2013 at St. Peter's Anglican Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the St. Peter's Building Fund at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 901 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 11, 2013