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Mildred G. "Millie" Munding


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Mildred G. "Millie" Munding Obituary
Mildred G. "Millie" Munding February 27,1922 - April 12, 2013 Millie was five years old when she lost her mother. Her daddy and housekeepers raised her. Millie made her own clothes, attended KCUHS, climbed out of her bedroom window at night and was secretly married when she was 18. In 1947 Milllie was a clerk-typist for the Kern County Sheriff's Department where, she said, "chauvinism was rampant, and a girl had to look out for herself." In 1949 she married deputy sheriff Philip Munding, and after that "they left me alone." On the pistol range, Millie out-shot male officers, but she paid the price. Still, in 1963, Sheriff Galyen deputized her to chase down run-a-ways, find abused juveniles and work undercover. On weekends, Millie and Phil's old cabin at Rincon Beach was a hot spot for family and friends, but when they retired, their camper burned up the road between Bakersfield and Guaymas. In 1979 Phil was hit by a car, and after that Millie traveled the world: The Americas, Europe, Asia, the South Seas. She hiked the Great Wall, rode camels in Tanzania, visited Iguazu Falls, and was stranded in Indonesia. Two years ago she was in Honolulu. How was all that possible after buying spa memberships, cosmetic surgeries, BMWs, and the house at Ventura Keys? Answer: She back-packed cheap. In Paris she ate at McDonalds, and at Jakarta she slept in co-ed hostels. Millie is survived by her son Gilbert Gia and daughters Kathy Munding McKenry and P.J. Munding Cribbs. Private memorial service planned. In lieu of flowers please support your favorite cause that celebrates life. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013
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