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Mildred Erminta (Peterson) Russell

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Mildred Erminta (Peterson) Russell of Kilmarnock, Scotland died peacefully in the presence of her husband, Robert "Bob" and a loving niece, Morag, on Sept. 10, 2003.

Mildred was born in Farwell on Dec. 18, 1915, and attended McCook Junior College before continuing her education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

She initiated her teaching career in the country school in Maywood, moving later to teach in the school system in Longview, Wash.

In 1945, she joined the Overseas Service of the Joint Oil Company Schools and moved to teach in Venezuela.

In 1948, she married Robert Russell and continued to live in the oil camps of the Shell Oil Company where Robert was an engineer with that company. She continued her service in Maracaibo until 1962.

Robert and Mildred returned to Scotland where Robert was born. Both traveled to India where Robert joined the staff of the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He continued in that service until 1973.

Mildred participated fully in many voluntary organizations during her 11 year stay in Delhi as an active member of "The American Women's Club," "The British Commonwealth Women's Association," "The IIT Staff Wives Club," and as president of "The Spanish Speaking Ladies Club of Delhi."

She traveled extensively to many places in India, Kashmir, Nepal, Afghanistan, Tibet and others of the South American countries, always with an interest in expanding her education interest in the cultures, customs and habits of the different areas.

She was privileged on one occasion to meet and be presented to the Dalai Lama on his birthday, during a visit to the Save the Children Orphanage at his enforced retreat in Dharamsala, India.

Mildred's parents Pete and Lena Peterson and a younger brother, Leland are entered in the family burial plot in the cemetery at the north of town coming in from North Platte. Peter Peterson was the street commissioner of the City of McCook for many years.

She was preceded in death by both brothers, Clarence and Raymond and is survived by sister-in-law, LaVaughn Jean (Walcker) Peterson formerly of Culbertson, now a resident of North Platte.

LaVaughn and her family, Sandra, Janet, Kathie and Larry have long been the mainstay of the family on return visits and vacations.

Mildred maintained school time friendships with two particular classmates, Nola Appleyard and Neva Amato.

Any of the elderly residents of McCook or others who may have been pupils in Mildred's early teaching days still recall these times. The family asks them to remember her with the love and respect that I cherish after 55 years of marriage.