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Mildred Schneller (full obit) - March 07, 2011

Mildred Schneller passed away March 7, 2011 at the age of 93 at Mount St. Francis Nursing Home in Colorado Springs, Colo. from Alzheimer’s and renal failure.
Mildred Irene Lukens Dobbs Schneller was born Oct. 10, 1917 in Moberly, Mo. She was preceded in death by her biological mother and father, Meda Lukens Ray and Carl Lukens; her adoptive parents, Willa Mae Dobbs and U.V. “Dobbie” Dobbs; her step-father, Earl Ray; one step-sister, Earline Ray; one half-sister, Lois Ray Nomer; two half-brothers, Gene Ray and Russel Ray; one brother by adoption, John W. Dobbs, and her former husband, Cleo Schneller.
She is survived by two daughters, Diana and husband Dick Kay of Houston, Texas and Peggy and husband Michael Lee of Colorado Springs; and one step-sister, Ella Mae and husband Grant Hust.
Mildred worked with her adoptive parents, owners of the Grant Tribune-Sentinel, while growing up in Grant, Neb. and graduated from Perkins County High School in 1935. She also worked in the 1960s at TRW in Ogallala, Neb. and at Golden Ours in Grant in the 1970s.
She was a member of Eastern Star, Rebecca Lodge, Methodist Church, Foursquare Church and the Congregational Church.
After living in Grant for over 80 years, she moved to Colorado Springs in 2004 for health reasons and to be with her daughter. Mildred loved her friends in Grant, her church, the senior center and living in a wonderful town.
She enjoyed receiving cards and letters from her friends in Grant and reading the Tribune each week. She had a big heart for animals, caring for many strays dropped off at her house, and adopting any cat or dog that came her way.
She was an accomplished violinist and pianist. She taught piano, was an accompanist for music contest students, played the piano for Eastern Star, Rebecca Lodge, Senior Center, church and other events. She was instrumental in making sure her passion for music was part of her daughters’ lives. She loved hymns and marches, remembering the words and singing, even in the last stage of Alzheimer’s.
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing,
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing.
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty,
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me.
We love you.
Burial is in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Perkins County Senior Center, Congregational Church or Perkins County Humane Society.
Committal services will be held at a later date.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.