Mildred “Millie” Zillgitt, 96

The memorial service for Mildred “Millie” Zillgitt, 96, of Adams, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Stewartville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

Mrs. Zillgitt died on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, of natural causes at the Adams Health Care Center.

Mildred Jane Finley was born on May 9, 1922, in Jordan Township, Fillmore County, to Walter and Winifred (Markham) Finley. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools.

Millie was married in 1940 to Lloyd Ferguson. They had five children and lived on a farm in Fillmore County. They were later divorced.

Millie was married on Feb. 23, 1957, to Orrin Zillgitt. After their marriage, the couple lived in many locations, including Rochester, Stewartville, Dexter and LeRoy. They had two sons. Millie was a homemaker and was employed as a housekeeper in Rochester and an assembly worker at Lake Center Industries in Stewartville.

Orrin and Millie attended Methodist churches in Rochester, Dexter and Stewartville. In 1990, the couple moved to Leroy. Mr. Zillgitt died on May 3, 2002.

In August 2003, Millie married Robert Greene and they made their home in Leroy. Mr. Greene died on Feb. 14, 2011. Millie moved to the Cedar Court Apartments in Adams and lived in her apartment until her death.

Millie was an avid horsewoman and enjoyed riding with family and friends and the Rochester Saddle Club. She was a great cook, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and playing cards and conversations with friends and family. She looked forward to visits from her grandchildren and loved spending time with, and holding her new great-grandbabies.

Millie is survived by her daughter, Irene Ferguson of Stiles of Grapevine,Texas; four sons, Dale (Kathy) Ferguson of Gulfport, Miss., Max Ferguson (Nancy Kantor) of Chatfield, Rick (Colette) Zillgitt of Dexter and Terry (Deb) Zillgitt of Mason City, Iowa; 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kay (Dave) Powell of LasVegas, and Iva Smith of Plainvew; and two brothers, Howard Finley of Stewartville and Albert Finley of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; an infant daughter, Lucille; her daughter, Marilyn Harfield; son, Melvin Ferguson; her parents, three sisters and seven brothers.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Millie are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.