Mildred Meyers Vail passed away on Saturday July 9, 2011. She was 94 years old, resided at her own home in Healdsburg, CA and died there peacefully of natural causes. Mildred was born June 4, 1917 in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of John and Julia Meyers. John and Julia also had a son, Clarence Meyers of Glendale, and a daughter, Bernice of Chicago. Mildred graduated from Northwestern University. She met her future husband, David Vail in drama class. The first job she took was at Montgomery Wards in the accounting department. She traveled to her job on the "el" during the weekdays. She married David Burnette Vail on September 6, 1941. When her husband David graduated from Officer's Training School, he joined the army and entered the war. He was soon sent to England to fight the war effort in Europe. When the war ended, they soon began a family. As was customary in the Army, transfers were in order and they were stationed in many parts of the world. They finally settled in Mill Valley, CA in 1957 to raise their six children. Mildred took up real estate and formed her own company, Vail and Associates in 1958. She worked in that business for over 45 years when she retired to Healdsburg. During her career, she earned numerous awards and acclamations including, 1980 President of the Marin County Board of Realtors, President of the Women's Council of Realtors in 1974, President of the Marin Opera, and the only three-time President of the Redwood Empire Association. She lost her husband David to congenital heart failure on January 24, 1979. Mildred is survived by her daughters, Jonatha Ann Donnan, and Patricia Louee Richardson of Healdsburg, and sons Michael Meyers Vail of Healdsburg, and Steven Burnette Vail of Windsor. She has seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, and numerous cousins living in Southern CA, Texas and Tennessee. A memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Mildred will be held at St. Johns Catholic Church on Matheson Street in downtown Healdsburg on Saturday July 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Her wishes were to be cremated and later buried next to her husband David at Fort Rosecrans Military National Cemetery, Point Loma, in San Diego, CA. The family requests that any donations be made to Hospice of Sonoma County or Children's Brain Disease Foundation in Marin County. A reception will follow the memorial service immediately afterwards at the home of Patricia Richardson at 3968 West Sausal Lane in Healdsburg, CA.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 16 to July 17, 2011