Myldred R. Perrine, age 94 of Sumpter Valley, OR, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 16, 2018, in Spirit Lake, ID. Milly was born at her Aunt Ethel's home in Limon, CO while the family was on vacation there. Her parents, Edwin G. and Margaret M. (Lewis) Gothberg and older brother Edd lived nine miles west of Casper, WY on a huge sheep/cattle ranch. Growing-up years were spent in Denver, Los Angeles, Berkley/Oakland and ending up in San Francisco. She attended John Muir and Laguna Honda "grammar" schools and graduated from Polytechnic High School in San Francisco. Milly completed 1 year at San Francisco State College studying to be a physical education teacher, dropping out when WWII started to serve her country. She was a "Ditto" (mimeograph) machine operator with the typewriter pool for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who sent supplies to the troops overseas. Further work experience included being a Pacific NW Bell switchboard operator and US Post Office mail sorter. She wrote letters to over 30 service members during the war, including her future husband Clyde who she met at a stadium while attending a high school football game with her older brother. Clyde began carrying her books every day while walking her home from school and he lived in another part of town. After WWII ended, Clyde proposed, she accepted, and they were married June 30, 1946, in San Francisco, CA. The couple moved to Sumpter Valley, OR in 1951 and began operation of the Bow & Arrow Ranch. She enjoyed the outdoor life of a rancher: fixing fences, haying, riding horses, wrangling cows, pulling calves, cooking for the ranch hands, etc. She loved animals, especially dogs. Her hobbies were painting, gardening, sewing, cooking, crafting, fishing, camping, playing piano and accordion, dancing, dining out, etc. Milly & Clyde were well known for square dancing with the Crazy 8's. Milly never met a person she couldn't call a friend, she was cheerful, friendly, outgoing, welcoming and on and on.
As an active member of a rural community, she was a 4-H Horse Club leader for the Silver Spurs for 13 years... she loved baking pies for church potlucks, Eastern Star Bingo, Powder River Rural Fire Department/Sumpter Valley Railroad and other fundraisers. She is a life member of Alpine Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Milly loved being a mother to two daughters; Elly (Ed) Styskel of Newport, WA and Marilyn (Pat) Sullivan of Colorado Springs/Aurora, CO giving her 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, 5 nieces and many cousins. She was also a surrogate mother to some of the hired ranch hands over the years.
Milly & Clyde are charter members of what is now McEwen Bible Fellowship dedicated to sharing their strong faith in the community.
Memorial contributions may be sent to McEwen Bible Fellowship through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.