Mildred Herren

Mildred Herren, 92, of Vermillion, passed away at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo, ND, on Jan. 22, 2012.

Mildred was born the oldest child of Ambrose and Mary Elizabeth Ward on Dec. 6, 1919 in Carlinville, IL.  After graduation from the then two-year Blackburn College in 1939, she taught school in several rural schools and in the Illinois communities of Chesterfield and Virden.  During the summers she attended classes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; in summer of 1942, she met her husband-to-be, Norman Herren.  She married the young ensign on Jan. 26, 1944 in South Bend, IN.

She was teaching in Winchester, IL, when Norman returned from the war.  His career in the building supply industry led them to Fremont, NE and then to Vermillion (1954).  Mildred received a B.S. from the University of South Dakota in 1955 and that fall began teaching third grade at Jolley School in Vermillion.  During her 30 years at Jolley, she continued her education at USD, earning a Masters in 1969 and 30 plus hours of additional credits.

Mildred retired from teaching in 1985, but never retired from life and gave many hours of service to others.  She was a member of the Library Board, treasurer for the Friends of the Library and worked eight years in the children's summer reading program.  She was secretary of the hospital and Care Center Auxiliary for several years and American Legion Auxiliary for nine years and president for two years.  She was treasurer and secretary of Southeast Area Retired Teachers and a member of PEI and Delta Kappa Gamma.  She received the Reminiscent Teacher Award in 2003 and the Delta Kappa Gamma Order of the Rose Award in 2007.

Mildred and Norman enjoyed living in Vermillion, surrounded by their many friends and remaining engaged in numerous activities.  They lived independently in their own home until December 2009, when health issues forced them to move to Fargo.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Bill Ward, Carlinville, IL.  She is survived by her husband of almost 68 years, Norman; son, Stan Herren (Karen Froelich), Fargo, ND; daughter, Norma Woodall (Jim), Louisville, KY; grandsons. Patrick Woodall (Amanda), Magnolia, DE and Jason Woodall, Lexington, KY; granddaughter, Jill Colvin (Nathan); and great-granddaughter, Liesl Anne, Waynesville, OH; sister, Dorothy Mefford, Litchfield, IL; brother, Elmer Ward (Letha), Carlinville, IL; and sister-in-law Arlene Ward, Carlinville, IL.

A chapel service was held at Bethany in Fargo, Reverend Philip Larson presiding.  A memorial service will be held in Vermillion in May, details to be determined at a later date.

Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion is in charge of arraignments.  Condolences may be posted online at

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