WAUNETA -- Mildred Brill, 95, died Wednesday (April 9, 2003) at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home in Wauneta.
She was born March 10, 1908, to Chester and Nellie (Beard) Decker, on a farm near Oberlin. In 1920, she moved with her parents to a farm west of Wauneta. She attended school in the area and graduated from Wauneta Rural High School in 1927. In 1928, she went to Imperial where she was employed as Deputy County Treasurer for 10 years.
In 1929, she married Clarence Helm. She was elected Chase County Treasurer in 1938, and served for eight years. In 1950, she was elected Chase County Clerk and served for eight years. She spent some time in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was employed by Diamonds Department Store.
On Oct. 9, 1960, she married Herman Brill. In 1962, they moved to Boulder, Colo., where she was employed as Deputy County Clerk in charge of records. This position she held until she retired in 1976, and moved to Wauneta where she has lived since. She had lived at the Heritage Home of Wauneta for the past several years.
She was baptized in the Wauneta Methodist Church in February of 1926. She had been a Rebekah Lodge member for over 50 years, serving as Noble Grand for several terms, past District President, and past DDP President of Rebekah District No. 27. She was an associate member of Ioy 50 Rebekah Lodge of Boulder, and the Emma L. Talbat Rebekah Lodge of Wauneta. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boulder, and a charter member of Chase County American Association of Retired Persons No. 3083. She served as treasurer of the Wauneta Senior Center governing board for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman in 1972; a brother, Loide; and a nephew.
Survivors include a brother, Cecil Decker and wife, Frieda of Alliance; a sister-in-law, Ruth Decker of Wauneta; step-nieces, Georgia Stanley and Kylee of Alliance; and two great-nephews.
Graveside services will be Friday, 1 p.m. (MST) at Riverside Cemetery of rural Wauneta with the Rev. Michael Laing officiating.
Visitation will be Friday morning, from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.