Mildred H. Beggs

Feb. 18, 1912 - Aug. 14, 2007

Mildred H. Beggs (nee Fox), 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at her home in Dousman.

She was born Feb. 18, 1912 in Irene, Ill., the daughter of the late Charles and Hattie (nee Nicholson) Fox.

In 1924, she moved to Wisconsin, and nine years later she married the late Gilmore Beggs. The couple moved to Alaska in 1945 in search of adventure and jobs. She made a home and raised her three children in the rustic frontier of Alaska. During the long Alaskan winters, she carved diamond willow wood, creating art-quality canes and lamps. She was also an avid amateur photographer, capturing the scenic beauty of the area.

Mildred was a homemaker, but also drove a truck during the war years and worked at the Baraboo Ammunition Plant. In later years, she worked as a caregiver, providing support and comfort to her family and others. She was a hardworking, independent, self-reliant woman who loved to travel and visited all 50 states. Mildred enjoyed gardening, her pets, working outdoors, maintaining machinery and fixing things. Her daily life reflected her Christian faith and was an example for others. She had a cheerful attitude and positive outlook, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Carol Neeley of Glennallen, Alaska, Harry Beggs of Clyman and Mildred (William) Button of Dousman; grandchildren, Sharon Daniel Shannon Saavedra and Shirley Nelson; great-grandchildren, Curtis Nelson, Christopher Nelson and Miguel Saavedra; and great-great-grandchildren, C.J., Ashley and Jacob Nelson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Hattie Fox; husband, Gilmore Beggs; siblings, Edna Strachan, Seth Fox, Fern Helm and Rachel Fox; and a grandchild, Karen Neeley.

A memorial gathering will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 18, at Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Road, Hartland. Inurnment is Sunday, Aug. 19, at Flora Cemetery in Irene.

The family sends special thanks to the very caring team from Seasons Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to either Campus Crusade for Christ or Seasons Hospice.

Hartson Funeral Home, (414) 425-9797, is serving the family.