Mildred Durr Wilcox (1911 - 2010)

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Mildred Durr Wilcox was born July 5, 1911 in Boonville, Missouri to Charles F. and Julia Stammerjohn Durr. She passed away Tuesday, March 16 at Culpepper Place, an assisted living facility, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 98 years and 7 months.
Mrs. Wilcox attended school in Boonville and graduated from high school in 1929. She worked for publisher Edgar Nelson 1929-1932 at the Boonville Daily News. In March, 1932, on a scholarship, Mrs. Wilcox enrolled at Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, while also working at the Star-Journal daily newspaper.
Mrs. Wilcox was married on January 14, 1933, to Roy T. Wilcox, also from Boonville, who was the business manager of the Star-Journal Publishing Company in Warrensburg. After the marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox continued working for the newspaper from 1933-1940. The Wilcox's left Warrensburg in 1940 after purchasing the weekly newspaper in Southwest City, Missouri. From 1940-1963, Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox owned and operated newspapers and printing operation in several Missouri cities before settling in Springfield, Missouri in 1963.
In November, 1963, Mrs. Wilcox began what was to be 40 years of service to Missouri State University, which was then Southwest Missouri State University. After retiring from full-time work in 1978, she continued to work 40-hours a week on campus in part-time positions until November, 2003 when at age 92 she retired in order to facilitate a knee replacement.
Mrs. Wilcox was devoted to the University giving a scholarship to the School of Nursing and was a member of the MSU Foundation. She was honored in 2002 by the SMSU Alumni Association with the Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the University and in 2003 she was elected and inducted to the Missouri State University Wall of Fame.
Mrs. Wilcox never forgot her childhood home and roots in Boonville, Missouri. She loved the city and its history and told stories of her grandfather's saddle shop and her father's days of municipal service to the City of Boonville. She visited often and always attended the Boonville High School reunion until the last few years. She is a member of the Friends of Historic Boonville and has given a large number of items to the Society. Those items are in Thespian Hall and the Hain House with a plaque telling of her gift.
Mrs. Wilcox will be buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville, Missouri, beside her beloved husband Roy T Wilcox. A memorial service will be held in Springfield Missouri at the Gornman-Scharpf Funeral Home on April 3 at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions should be made to Friends of Historic Boonville.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Mar. 30 to Apr. 6, 2010
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