Mildred Winston McGonagill Rucker WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, Mildred Winston McGonagill Rucker

died of natural causes on September 28, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona. Known as "Millie" to her friends and family, she was born on July 28, 1921, in Whitehouse, Texas, to Grady and Jo Robinson Winston. Although the second oldest of 5 children, she outlived her siblings. Millie grew up in Robstown, Texas; her father was a farmer and her mother was a teacher and both were strong role models for their daughter. When she was 34 she earned a degree in education at the University of Texas in only three years, while working full time as a single parent. She then taught English, Geography, and Texas History at Baker Junior High in Austin, where she earned the Teacher of the Year Award in 1959-1960. While still teaching she obtained a masters degree in counseling and found her true vocation as a counselor. Millie spent twenty years in this role in the Austin Public Schools, as Director of Counseling at McCallum and Reagan High Schools. She had passion for music, playing the piano at home as well as at church and Sunday school. Additionally, loved to sew and in high school made all her clothes and this continued throughout her life. At the drop of a hat, she would design and sew outfits for everyone -- dresses, shirts, pants and curtains or whatever was needed. Certainly Millie was happiest when doing something for someone else. She was a dedicated and active member of the Methodist church, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a volunteer at the Wesleyan Home, the Caring Place and earned the title of Stephen Minister (a lay minister) through the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown. She always had a deep interest in others, especially young people. At work, she was dedicated to helping students achieve to the best of their ability by directing them to colleges and universities suited to their interests. When asked what was most meaningful, she said it was her students and that she loved "getting them to see the light." At home and in the community, she was known for putting others' needs first. No doubt this contributed to her always being "well-liked," a common recollection of her children. She was truly an active, high-energy and amazingly positive person. Millie outlived three husbands-Walter McGonagill, James Rucker, and Carl Williams. She is survived by three sons-Grady McGonagill (Lanng Tamura) of Brookline, Massachusetts; Richard Rucker (Marianne) of Pflugerville, Texas; and Dan Rucker of San Marcos-and one daughter, Margy McGonagill (Garry Bryant) of Tucson, Arizona. Millie was very proud of her grandchildren - Evan McGonagill and Aurora, Alvie and Max Rucker - and her many nieces and nephews whom all looked up to her. There will be no funeral, as Mille has dedicated her body to science. A memorial Service will be held in Georgetown at a later date. Anyone wishing to be notified of the memorial service may send a note to Grady at Contributions in her honor would be welcomed at the University of Arizona's Women's Plaza of Honor in Tucson (, where she is prominently honored in the McGonagill garden. For questions regarding this donation please contact Leigh Spencer at 520-626-5656 or

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7, 2013