Mildred Odessa Herron
Mildred Odessa Herron, age 99, died July 23, 2014 at Alexandria Place in Jackson, TN.
She was born the daughter of Orville and Grace Snider in Farmington, IA on May 18, 1915.
A 27-year-old graduate of the highly rated Chillicothe Business College in Missouri, Mildred first came to Antelope Valley in June, 1942 to visit her husband, Cleo, who later became the base commissary officer. She had planned to visit California only a week, but was offered a job as a secretary and stayed. Because there was no housing at Edwards Air Force Base, the couple lived with the Santé Fe railroad agent until civilian housing, dubbed "Kerosene Flats," became available.
Mildred worked as a secretary at Edwards Air Force Base from 1942 until 1988, serving under two base commanders and 21 physician commanders in charge of the Edwards Air Force Base Hospital. By 1988, she had the longest record of any base employee, totaling 48 years.
During her years at Edwards Air Force Base, Mildred met several famous people. One day the base commander ordered a special car for her so she could meet Charles Lindberg, the first man to fly the Atlantic non-stop.
During her long career, she experienced two encounters with the White House. The first caller, who turned out to be her former boss, Brig. General Stanley Bear, had become assistant White House physician. The second encounter was a letter on White House stationery dated June 29, 1988 on the occasion of her retirement. It was simply signed "Ronald Reagan". After her retirement, Mildred worked at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center as a volunteer. She accumulated a total of 12,194 hours.
She taught children's Sunday school for 35+ years at First Baptist Church in Lancaster, CA.
In September of 2013, it was reported on WBBJ-TV 7 news that a 98 year old woman got her wish. A wish to fly over Jackson. She flew for 20 minutes around West Tennessee.
She is survived by one son, David A. Herron of Lancaster, CA; one daughter, Sandra L. Goodwin and husband Dr. Steve Goodwin; one sister, Shirley Fleming of El Dora, IA; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo, and one brother, Vernon Snider.
The family would like to extend grateful appreciation to the staff of Alexandria Place, Avalon Hospice and especially Robin, Frances and Stacey.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to North Jackson Church of Christ Golden Lunch Bunch, 2780 Highway 45 By-Pass, Jackson, TN 38305.
Funeral services will be held in Lancaster, CA.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305; 731-668-1111. arringtonfuneralgroup.com
Arrington Funeral Directors
148 West University Parkway Jackson, TN 38305
Published in The Jackson Sun on July 27, 2014