A celebration of the life of Mildred “Millie” Diane Young was 10 a.m., today at Verdigris First Baptist Church under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Millie passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013. She was 69.
Mildred Diane Young was known by many names, Millie, Granny, sister, my mother, and most importantly Mom. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma on October 19, 1943, Mildred "Millie" Diane Higdon was the first daughter and fourth child of Leonard and Jimmie Sue Higdon. She was a farmer's daughter and she helped raise turkeys, she canned fruits and vegetables and she enjoyed throwing corn cobs at her brother, Wayne. The farm she was raised on was deeply entrenched in family values and had a work ethic unmatched by most anyone in the “city.” She was an excellent student at Wetumka Public Schools and her mother was very proud of Millie's perfect attendance. Little did her mother know, Millie enjoyed occasionally skipping school and hanging out in the big town of Holdenville.
After high school, she left small town life for the big city and she moved to Tulsa to attended Tulsa Business College. She worked for a few years as a secretary for a local builder. She once said that she was so poor that she sometimes didn’t have enough money for the full cab fare to work and would beg the taxi driver to wait to turn on the meter and he always did. In 1967, she met Horace “Hoss” Finley Young on a blind date. He called her “Biggun” because she was so tiny. They dated off and on for almost three years. At one point, she gouged his head with her tooth and he thought to himself, “Whoa! What a woman!” Another time, she made him take his tires off her car in the rain because they had broken up. He just couldn’t resist such a beautiful, ornery woman. Hoss spoke with his Dad about the possibility of marrying Millie. His Dad said, “Son, you’ll never find a better woman than that.”
Hoss and Millie were married on March 14, 1970 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She gave birth to her first child, Horace Jr., in October of that same year. Mom being a farm girl at heart talked Hoss into moving out of the city in 1972 where they bought a house with some small acreage. They planted a garden and even got cows, chickens, and some horses. Mom brought her farm skills with her by canning vegetables, sewing clothes, and caring for animals. In 1975, she gave birth to her second child, a baby girl who they named Casey. Millie always said that Horace and Casey were enough to drive a person to drink. Millie enjoyed waking her kids up for school by singing, “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey.” She didn’t realize that she was their sunshine also. She babysat a passel of “heathen” kids and hauled them to soccer practices, horn lessons, piano lessons, Cub Scout meetings, and dance lessons. Mom was very well known for excellent cooking skills, often providing goodies for bake sales and class parties. Money never stopped Mom from making very creative Halloween costumes as well as repairing numerous articles of clothing destroyed by her kids. Mom always supported her kids in any activity they did and often travelled long distances to support them. She always put their needs ahead of her own. She never complained. She was steadfast, hardworking, always had a smile and her laugh was contagious. She cared for her parents when they became elderly. Her father spent the last 4 years of his life in a nursing home. Millie made sure that she went by and visited him almost every day. She missed less than 5 times in going to see him. Mom was an amazing and strong woman; she held everyone and everything together. Mom taught us the importance of family and she demonstrated it in every loving deed that she did.
In April of 1989 she was blessed with the first of her three grandkids: Samantha, Trittany, and Vance. And, Granny’s Restaurant was born. Granny loved her grandkids more than anything; she continued her skills by making Easter dresses, cooking awesome meals and just being there for her family. She absolutely adored her grandchildren. Once, when her oldest granddaughter, Samantha, at 8 months old, was caught eating potting soil from a house plant, all her Granny could say was, “that was the sweetest little smile covered in dirt.” She was always there to rescue Trittany especially when she scratched her back from sliding down the slide. She enjoyed watching her grandson, Vance, play his bass. She also grew a huge garden, canned all kinds of jellies and vegetables and loved making beautiful cakes.
In January 2006, Millie accepted Jesus into her heart as her Savior. She was a selfless angel that never tired in doing things for her family and other people. Millie lived her life as a very giving and thoughtful person. She was a pistol in life, a firecracker with an indomitable spirit and ornery wit that endeared her to many people, especially her family. Mom left the world a better place and Heaven gained a true Angel. Her smile, laugh and kind, tender heart will always be loved and missed, but never forgotten. We will definitely be seeing her again someday in Heaven with our Lord. She’s up there right now, saying her most famous words, “Shut up, Hoss!” We love you so much, Mom.
Those that survive Millie include her husband, Horace of their home, children; Horace Young, Jr., and wife Kim of Bixby, Casey Balocca and husband Bruce of Broken Arrow, grandchildren; Samantha, Trittany and Vance Young, sister; Sue Holsey and husband John, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Dale, Wayne and Leon Higdon.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her: “many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.