Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Mildred Nail Miller

Born: 11/29/1906

Died: 11/24/2007

Maiden Name: Nail

Honorific: n/a

Mildred Nail Miller passed away November 24, 2007, after a long and productive life. She was born November 29, 1906, in Caddo to Jennie Lynn and Ishtoyopi Nail.

She married Stephen D. Miller on June 25, 1932. They had one daughter, Marilynn Miller Roskelley. Stephen passed away May 21, 1971.

Mildred was very proud of her Choctaw Indian heritage. She adored her grandfather, Joel Henry Nail, who owned considerable property around Nail’s Crossing (Indian Territory on Blue River), and was a lawyer, a rancher, and owned thoroughbred racehorses. He built a bridge across Blue River for the Overland Trail. Mildred also loved her maternal grandmother, Mary Armstrong Lynn, who raised her after she and her two sisters were orphaned by the death of their parents at age 5.

Mildred was educated at Goodland, Wheelock Academy, and Oklahoma Presbyterian College. She earned a B.A. from Southeastern State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Oklahoma, and only lacked a thesis to have earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

Mildred was a very dedicated teacher and educator, and taught for 39 years, 30 of which were spent at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Durant. She loved her students and was determined that all would learn!

As a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Mildred had the distinction of being the oldest member for the last few years. She was also a member of Ohoyohoma Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, Oklahoma Education Association, and the American Association of University Women.

Mildred enjoyed teaching, reading, music, cooking, walking, swimming, traveling, crocheting, and needlepointing, but most of all, she enjoyed her life with Steve and Marilynn, and her adored grandchildren, Amy and Mark Roskelley. She was also a great Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys football fan.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Marilynn Roskelley of Salt Lake City, Utah, and her grandchildren, Mark Roskelley of San Francisco and Amy Andrus of Salt Lake City. They have always affectionately called her Nene and she was very influential in their lives. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, James Erik Andrus, Carolina Bailey Andrus and Ava Camille Andrus.