Wilma Lee "Mickey" (McMillin) McGraw, 90, of Essex, IA, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Windsor Manor Assisted Living in Shenandoah. A celebration of life funeral service for Mickey will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Essex Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rick Sleyster officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation one hour prior to the service Friday at the church beginning at 1:00 pm. Open viewing and visitation will take place Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Memorials in Mickey's name are being directed to the Essex Presbyterian Church or to People For Paws. Burial will take place in the Essex Cemetery.
Wilma Lee “Mickey” (McMillin) McGraw, daughter of Gene Edward and Alma Beatrice (Lee) McMillin, was born on June 5, 1931, at Bedford, Iowa. She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 90 years, 5 months, 2 days.
Her early life was spent growing up in Bedford where she attended the Bedford Public Schools. She graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1949. Following graduation, Mickey moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended the C E School of Commerce.
While living in Omaha, Mickey met a young soldier stationed at an Offutt Air Force Base dance by the name of Roy Edward McGraw. They were united in marriage on September 8, 1951, at the Offutt Air Force Base Chapel. They were blessed with four children, Diana, Cheryl, Dean and Chuck.
Mickey worked for Garten and Jones, Attorneys at Law, in Omaha as a legal secretary from 1950 to 1952. In 1952, she and Roy moved to Ames, Iowa, while he attended Iowa State University. During their time in Ames, Mickey worked two jobs to help put Roy through school. She worked one job during the week and another on the weekend while raising Diana and Cheryl. They both tried to work at different times of the day so that they didn’t always have to have a babysitter. “Doc” received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1957, and they moved to Creston, Iowa, for a short time before settling in the Shenandoah and Essex area. Mickey worked seasonally at Henry Field’s Nursery as the kids got older and later was the office manager for the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce. Eventually, she joined Doc in the veterinary practice where they worked together until their retirement in 1996. In their early retirement years, she and Doc worked as cooks at Fair Oaks Assisted Living. In 2000, they started spending their summers working at Yellowstone National Park. They did this until truly retiring after the 2008 summer season.
Cooking and baking was something that Mickey really enjoyed. She made some of the best homemade bread around. She also liked to sew, crochet, fish, dance, mow the yard, and watch Wheel of Fortune when she could.
Preceding Mickey in death were her parents; husband, Roy McGraw; three brothers, Norman, Marvin and Ronald McMillin; five sisters, Helen Coleman, Mary Million, Joanne McMillin, Flo Marie McMillin and Linda Anderson; granddaughter, Jane Kaylene Elder; grandson, Brent Maher; and son-in-law, Mick Tyner.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Diana Elder and husband Bill of Essex, IA, Cheryl Tyner of Poplarville, MS, Dean McGraw and wife Nancy of St. Louis, MO, and Charles McGraw of Farragut, IA; four grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Paul McMillin and wife Jo of Council Bluffs, IA; brother-in-law, Gary McGraw and wife Karen of Rockford, IL; other relatives; and many friends.
Essex Presbyterian Church
601 Omaha Ave, Essex IA 51638
People For Paws
P O Box 221, Shenandoah IA 51601