Mildred "Millie" Williams Douglas

  • Born: June 22, 1925
  • Died: January 31, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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Austin, TX 78705

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Mildred "Millie" Williams Douglas, 93, passed away with grace and dignity on January 31, 2019. Born on June 22, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois to Phillip and Evelyn Williams. Millie is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Dr. John Evans Douglas.

Mildred graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1946 and the University of Texas in Austin graduating with a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology in 1968.

Millie developed several compelling interests that would continue through her life: a love of learning, a passion for reading, a lifelong interest in sailing and traveling which often led to appreciating and often studying the various cultures she encountered.

After her marriage to John Douglas, a Navy medical officer in 1946, they moved to Austin, Texas where John established his medical practice and they began their family.

Millie was very involved in her community: working tirelessly on issues relating to environmental impact, issues involving mental health in the community and career counseling for women. During this time and in her many capacities, Millie remained very active in numerous organizations, both professional and civic including: being a founding member of UT LAMP (Learning activities for mature people) in 1989 and then eventually the chair in 1998-1999, Austin Area Phi Beta Kappa Association, Rotary International, University Chapter, Austin Friendship Force international exchange, Theta Sigma Phi, We Care Austin division of environmental issues, past President of Jung Society of Austin, member of the UT International Hospitality Committee, Town and Gown . Millie was active in Democratic politics and organizations and enjoyed actively working to support causes she was passionate about.

Millie will always be remembered for her innate ability to reach out to others and maintain friendships easily. She was always generous with her time and attention and will be forever admired and missed by so many who sought her calm, caring and insightful counsel.

Millie is survived by her daughter Pamela, her son Keith, daughter-in-law Nancy, and her granddaughter Katie, whom she adored, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Millie is also preceded in death by her longtime companion Professor Forest Hill who passed away in 2017. During their time together, Millie and Forest delighted in sharing many travels and intellectual pursuits as well as many memorable shared family occasions.

The family wishes to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Millie's personal caregivers Mozell Swist and Margie Ford for their constant care, support and love. As well as the skilled nursing staff at Westminster Manor and Austin Hospice.

A celebration of Millie's long active and full life will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Tarrytown United Methodist Church 2601 Exposition Blvd., in Austin at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow at the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. Then interment will be at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery at 2800 Hancock Drive following the reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 3001 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin Texas 78703.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Millie was a "force." Her opinions were respected in every forum and she was an unconditional friend, accepting people for who they were and where they were. Her heart was more than generous and her contributions, more valued than gold. Millie left her imprint on many people and many parts of this community as well as a legacy her children -- and now Katie -- will carry on. We who knew her are the lucky ones. She was one of a kind and she will be missed more than words can express.

Posted by Alice Adams - Austin, TX - Friend   February 13, 2019

What a powerful, but thoughtful citizen of our city. Millie was great to meet and greet at Town and Gown, always inquisitive and bounding with enthusiasm to know and learn. Her fingerprints, placed without notoriety,were strongest on family, friends and this great community. What a lady. Nancy and Keith, heartfelt sympathy in this big change for your lives but it's so special she had time with Katie. Bless Millie forever.

Posted by Lee Cooke - Austin, TX - Friend   February 09, 2019

Keith our sympathies to you and Nancy and family. Your mother was known and loved by many. Her passing reminded me of something we submitted to the University Area Rotary Club when proposing her for membership. I think it fits in well with her obituary. She was a wonderful woman.
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To: University Area Rotary Club of Austin Board Members

General procedures have been followed since Jerry Galbraith and I discussed to sponsor Millie Douglas for membership. With my un-scheduled absences, that has been accomplished primarily via verbal communications. Jerry and David Tobey have assured me that the nomination is basically on track. Membership application is submitted with this correspondence. I hope this hasn't caused any problems.
Propose

Mildred Douglas whom many of you know
as new member to the club we propose,
After all of her credentials we show
We think none her membership will oppose.

I will begin with her classification
to explain it I know we have need,
She trades in the field of education
Adult Specialist the calling she heed.

With a B.A. & B.S. from Northwestern
and her Masters here at U.T.,
She continued her Post Graduate Intern
in the field of Counseling Psychology.

Yes Millie has all of the essentials
to be accepted in Rotary,
She's a person with honored credentials
and a good friend --- to Jerry and me.

I know you will all use good judgment
welcome Millie to Rotary's fold,
And to let her join in our commitment
the traditions of Rotary to uphold.

Tony Melli
11-10-1993

Posted by Tony Melli - Austin, TX - Friend   February 07, 2019

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Thoughts and prayers for the Douglas Family.

Posted by James and Kristen Masch - Richardson, TX - Friend   February 06, 2019


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