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Mildred Mossey

Mildred (Housman) Mossey, 90, died Nov. 3, 2012, in Anchorage, Ala. Mildred was born, along with her twin brother, Melvin, on Jan. 22, 1922, at home in Menahga. She attended country school until eighth grade and then Menahga High School, where she graduated in 1939.

She married Elwood Housman in 1946. They lived in Yakima, Wash., for five years, then returned to Minnesota and bought a farm near Menahga, where they resided until moving to Deer Creek in 1959. From 1970-1972, they lived in Madelia, Minn., where she worked as a secretary at Madelia High School.

Mildred was an actively involved mother and farm wife, and often worked at her husband's side in the meat processing business, including years at the Deer Creek and Sebeka locker plants. After his early death at age 55, Mildred continued her position as secretary to the superintendent at Wadena Public Schools, until she retired at age 62. Upon retirement, she resided permanently in Mesa, Ariz., enjoying her life in the retirement communities of Sierra Leone and Cypress Estates.

PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare type of Parkinson's Plus) started to mildly impair Millie's activities at age 78. She was able to live independently until 2005, when she moved to Anchorage, Ala., to be near her daughter.

She was predeceased by her parents, Olga (Qualley) and Emil Jacob; husbands, Elwood Housman and Lloyd Mossey; and her twin brother, Melvin. Surviving Mildred are son, Gary Housman and his wife, Vicky, of Whitehall, Mont., and their children, Jami of Bozeman, Mont., Amanda (Luke) Davis of Butte, Mont., Jacob of Missoula, Mont., and Andrew of Whitehall, Mont.; son, Curtis Housman and his wife, Dee Dee of Cardwell, Mont., and their children, Amber (Jared) Gray of Cheyenne, Wyo., Zachary and Chad of Whitehall, Mont.; daughter, Jan Ilutsik of Anchorage, Ala. and Jan's children, George of Portland, Ore., and Justina of Flagstaff, Ariz.; three precious great-grandchildren, Addisyn Gray, Ashlan Gray and William Davis. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce (Everett) Myhrum of Fosston and brother, Gerald (Nancy) Jacob, of Shoreview.

A memorial service is planned for this summer in Deer Creek. Upon her request, her ashes will be buried next to her husband, Elwood, at Oak Hill Cemetery at that time.