Mildred “Millie” Lorene (Byers) McGregor of Edmond, Okla., passed from this life at age 96 on March 13. Millie was born Feb. 20, 1921 in Everson, Wash., as the first of two daughters born to Herbert “Shorty” Byers and Neva (Dunlap) Byers. Her sister Dorothy Evelyn died at six months of age. The family moved to a farm south of Hunnewell, Kans., and later to Conway Springs, Kans., where her parents owned and operated a grocery store. It was while living there that Millie accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and committed her life to Him. During the Depression in 1933 they moved back to the farm near Hunnewell. She attended seventh and eighth grade in Hunnewell then graduated from South Haven High School in 1939. There, she met her long time sweetheart, Manley.
After high school, she graduated from the Venus Academy of Cosmetology in Wichita in 1940 and became a licensed cosmetologist. She worked in Wichita, Caldwell, South Haven, Kans., and Tonkawa, Okla., while attending college there.
On Feb. 8, 1941, she and Manley were married at the South Haven Christian Church. They lived in Wichita until he was drafted into the Army in World War II. She lived in Williamsburg, Va., to be near Manley, who was stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., until he was sent to the European theater of combat. During this time their first little daughter, Judy Lynn, was born. Judy was 18 months old before she first saw her daddy. When Manley returned home, they made their home on a farm south of Hunnewell, later moving to rural South Haven.
To this union, four beautiful daughters were born: Judy Lynn, Charlene Dianne, Nancy Leigh, and Paula Kay. Millie was a busy homemaker and farm wife, she and her husband teaching their daughters to be the strong Christian women they are today.
To help with the girl’s college education expenses, she graduated in 1965 from the Blackwell General Hospital School of Nursing and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at Cedar View in Wellington, Dr. Becker’s office in Blackwell, and Wheatland Lodge Nursing Home in South Haven for more than 20 years, partly as Health Care Supervisor.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents and sister. She is survived by her husband, Charles Manley McGregor, recently celebrating 76 years of marriage; also, Judy and Randall Hill, Dianne and Ken Gile, Nancy and Steve Quillin, and Paula and Mark Sterns, 11 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.
A come-and-go visitation/reception for family and friends will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Service, Edmond, Okla. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the Crawford Funeral Service Chapel, with burial to be held at 3 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven, Kans.