Mildred G. Dyke

POLAND – Mildred Grace Littler Redick Dyke, 99, formerly of New Springfield, passed away at Hospice House early Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, 2014.

Mildred was born on May 1, 1915, in Kenton, a daughter of Walter Benson and Esta Maud Cessna Littler.

The family moved to Colebrook in Ashtabula County in 1918. She attended Colebrook School for 11 years, and was a 1933 graduate of Wayne High School. Mildred would later attend the former Youngstown University and Youngstown State University during 1959-1972.

Mildred married Lawrence R. ”Dick” Redick in Williamsfield on Jan. 2, 1944; he would pass away on Oct. 1, 1952. Her second marriage was to Hugh Dyke in Youngstown on Feb. 1, 1953, after being introduced to him by her current minister. He predeceased her on May 27, 1971.

She was employed by Hathaway Bakeries as the solitary female driver and salesperson from 1942 to 1945, where she met her first husband, moved to B&C Appliances in Boardman as bookkeeper and clerk from 1951 to 1959, and retired from Youngstown State University Bookstore as assistant manager and textbook purchasing agent, where she was employed from 1960 to 1983.

Mildred attended Colebrook United Methodist Church and Ohio and Pennsylvania Christian Churches, as well as being a member of the Evangelical United Brethren of New Springfield, which later became Trinity United Methodist Church, since 1966. She was very active in her church as a Sunday school teacher, a Bible study class leader, served in several various offices, was on the PPR Committee, was an Assistant Sunday school superintendent, and served on the Administrative Council as well as a lay leader.

In 1991, she made the decision to sell her farm and moved to Park Vista Retirement Community in Youngstown, where she happily made her home, at first totally independent, later moving to assisted living, and in 2008 moved to nursing. Park Vista proved to be an excellent decision for her.

She was an avid reader, particularly of the Bible. Her favorite verse was John 3:16, which she noted in every greeting card she sent to family and friends. Mildred also enjoyed reading mysteries, detective stories, and Westerns, with large collections of Agatha Christie, Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, and loved to travel. Her family was very important to her through all her years.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory her nieces, Janet Hixson, Linda (Henry) Lipps and Gail (Jim) Piper, as well as her nephew, Rick (Michelle) Nichols.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, M. Ralph (Mildred) Littler and Buryl A. (Bertha) Littler; sister, Clara (Norman) Nichols; nieces, Kay (Don) DeWeese, Judy Perkins and Claudia (Michael) Fratt; and nephews, Myron Littler and Larry (Ceci) Nichols.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., with Pastor Patricia G. Allen-Lintela officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., North Lima.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made in Mildred’s memory to New Springfield Trinity United Methodist Church, 2427 Columbiana Road, New Springfield, OH 44443.

Internment will take place at Colebrook South Cemetery where she will be placed next to her parents.

The Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in North Lima has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.

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