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Mildred Paulsen

Mildred Paulsen, age 98, of Huron, died Friday August 31, 2012, at SunQuest Health Care Center.  Her funeral service was at 3:00 PM Tuesday, September 4th at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Holland, officiating.  Burial was at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Mildred Lila Walker was born August 24, 1914, to Rev. Albert and Lula (Price) Walker at Tulare.  She attended country schools until the 8th grade when the family moved to Clear Lake, where she graduated from high school.  She attended Dakota Wesleyan University for two years and earned a teaching certificate.  She taught country schools in Davison and Spink counties.

On June 26, 1938, Mildred married Chris Paulsen.  They lived in Tulare one year, then moved to Long Beach, California.  They were living there when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and World War II began in the Pacific.  Her husband worked in the shipyards building Liberty Ships for food transportation in the war effort.  When the war began winding down they moved back to South Dakota, settling in Huron.  They bought the Huron Furnace Company and managed it until her husband’s death in 1989.

For thirteen years in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Mildred was employed at the Huron Public Library as an assistant librarian.  Later she volunteered at Madison and Buchanan Schools, helping in the Children’s Reading Program.

Mildred was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Society.  She sang in the choir and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one brother, Virgil; and three sisters-in-law.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her three children, Mike Paulsen of Huron, Steve and Connie Paulsen of Monmouth, Oregon and Christine and Frank Palleria of Huron; three granddaughters, April and Steve Grove, Marianne and Josh Trandall and Beth and Jeff Emmert all of Huron; five great-grandchildren, Jackson and Abigail Trandall, David Emmert and Evangeline and Lila Grove; one sister, Muriel and Ted Morris of Hemet, California; and one brother, Kenneth Walker of Eugene, Oregon.

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