Mildred "Millie" Geneva Clay Dietsche, 90, of Hardy died June 29, 2003.
Born March 24, 1913, in a pine grove near Wild Cherry, she was the daughter of R.N. and Laura Sears Clay. She attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. She was a teacher at Viola, her alma mater, and in several rural one-room type schools.
In the late 1930s she went to Little Rock to work at Ford, Mason and Dix, a military defense plant. In 1943 she moved to California to work at Camp Roberts to help with the war effort. She married Edward Dietsche April 6, 1944, in Tuolumne, Calif. On May 22, 1946, their son, Bruce, was born in Alameda, Calif. The family them moved back to Arkansas and eventually worked with Millie's brother, Robert, and his wife, Kathleen, in the grocery business. Millie retired in 1973 and stayed home to do what she loved most -- gardening and grandmothering. She was a member of Strawberry River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Ash Flat Church of Christ, and was a past member of Hardy Timely Club.
Survivors include a son, Bruce Dietsche of Hardy, and his wife, Carolyn Haney Dietsche; three grandchildren -- Melanie Dietsche Long and her husband, Michael, of Ash Flat, Jeremy Dietsche and his wife, Tracy, of Mountain Home, and Corey Dietsche and his wife, Ellen, of Hardy; four great-grandchildren -- Eli Holt Long, Ian Wade Long, Garrett Seth Dietsche and Abby Lynn Dietsche; a brother, Robert Clay, and his wife, Kathleen, of Hardy; a sister, Montine Moody of West Plains, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Elwin "Preacher" Roe of West Plains, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Edward Dietsche; her parents, R.N. and Laura Sears Clay; her daughter-in-law, Joyce Diet-sche; two sisters -- Margie Cooper and Mozee Roe; and two brothers-in-law -- Marion "Buck" Moody and Rev. Stanley Cooper.
The funeral was July 1 at Ash Flat Church of Christ with Keith Gregson officiating. Burial followed in Walker Cemetery near Hardy.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
Memorials may be made to the children's charity of one's choice.