FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Mildred Ellen (Metheny) Waterman, 95, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, passed away on Feb. 8, 2003, at her home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., today, Feb. 14, 2003, at Bruce's Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Evelyn Lewiston officiating. Burial will be at North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was today prior to services. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Dodge and/or the American Cancer Society.
She is survived by grandchildren, Amy Waterman and husband, Joe Nerenberg, San Diego, Calif., Bridget Waterman, St. Paul, Minn., and Devin and wife, Megan Waterman, St. Paul, Minn.; great-granddaughter, Isabel Nerenberg, San Diego, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Cary Waterman, St. Paul, Minn.; nieces, Marilyn Travis, New York and Marcia Mellot, Wilmington, Ill.; great-niece, Katie Travis, New York; great-nephew, Mich and wife, Betsy Mellot, Charleston, Ill.; and great-grand-nieces, Lauren and Rachel Mellot, Charleston, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; and son, Charles Kay Waterman.
Mildred Ellen Methany was born Jan. 31, 1908, in Cambridge, Neb., to Emery and Winona (Kelly) Metheny. Mildred graduated from high school in McCook, Neb., and was in the first class at McCook College. She also attended the University of Nebraska and the University of Denver. She graduated from Drake University with a B.S. Mildred taught at school in Nebraska and Colorado. She was inspired to teach by her maternal grandmother who came from Ohio to Nebraska to teach in Pioneer Days. Her first teaching experience was in a one-room rural school in Red Willow County, Nebraska. She taught kindergarten and music for three years in Curtis, Nebraska. In 1932 she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Waterman, another teacher. The couple had one son, Charles. In 1944, the Waterman's moved to Fort Dodge where Kenneth had accepted a position at the Junior College. In 1945, Mildred began teaching first grade at the Duncombe School. She developed a special interest in the area of corrective speech and received training in the Speech Clinic at the University of Denver. Another area of interest was in creative writing and dramatic activities of children. She also served as a supervising teacher for student teachers from the University of Northern Iowa. Mildred was selected as Fort Dodge "Teacher of the Year" in 1971. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Webster County Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Tri-T Chapter AT, Chapter IM of PEO, Story Tellers Club, and the Eastern Star of Colorado. She enjoyed bird watching and traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Family was very important to her. She spent may happy times with her grandchildren and was an important part of their lives. She especially delighted in recent visits from her great-granddaughter, Isabel.