Mildred (Millie) A. Said, the daughter of William R. and Florence (Gotter) Hoyt, was born November 28, 1935 in Scranton, Iowa and departed this life May 19, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. She lived her life to the age of 83 years, 5 months and 21 days.
Millie graduated from the Scranton Consolidated School in 1954 and later attended Simpson College. On May 13, 1958, Millie was united in marriage to Clifford Said at the Methodist Church in Scranton. After their marriage, Millie joined Cliff in Germany while he was serving in the Navy and their first daughter, Cynthia (Cindy), was born while there. Tamara (Tammy) was born in Fort Dodge after they came back to the states.
Through the course of their marriage and before, she had several moves and many adventures. Millie held many different jobs of which most were in the interest of public service. She worked as a dental assistant for Dr Baker in Jefferson and worked as a nurse’s assistant at hospitals in Des Moines and Fort Dodge. She was an assistant to the resource center at Jefferson High School and helped coordinate the first Special Olympics in Des Moines. She was part of the Welcome Wagon for Sioux City and the concession stand for the swimming pool in Jefferson. She and Cliff co-owned a discount furniture store in Jefferson for several years. Her last job was as the assistant to the activities director at The Manor in Jefferson. In all of her positions, she made a point of serving and bringing joy to others. Even in her final days, she lived this way.
Millie was an active member of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Jefferson Does Drove #196 and served as Does president in 1982. She enjoyed playing cards and socializing with her friends. In addition to her career and social engagements, she was a woman who loved to laugh. It would be harder to find a friend or family member of Millie who had not experienced one of her practical jokes. Her laugh and smile were infectious. She was quite the chef and baker–and she knew how to cook for a crowd.
Millie will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Cindy Mason of Jefferson and Tammy (David) Schuett of Grand Island, NE; grandchildren Lorelle (J.B.) Hinote of South Dakota and Anna Schuett and Josef (Hope) Schuett of Nebraska; great-grandchildren Isaiah, Lily, Malachi, and Jordyn Hinote, all of South Dakota; brothers Ralph Hoyt, Dale (Linda) Hoyt and Neal (Caroline) Hoyt, all of Scranton; sisters Arlene (Ron) Carroll of Missouri, Clara Haack of Davenport, and Gaye (Larry) Barr of Scranton; and sister-in-law Beverly Hoyt of Jefferson. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Clifford Said; brother Glen Hoyt; brother-in-law Jack Haack, and sister-in-law Shirley Hoyt.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 24, at 10 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson with Pastor J.B. Hinote officiating. Burial was made in the Scranton Township Cemetery near Scranton. Musical selections were sung by the congregation and soloist Lily Hinote and accompanied by Cheryl Nailor and Karen Murphy.
Serving as casket bearers were Randy Hoyt, Jeff Barr, Kevin Hoyt, Joel Haack, Andrew Hoyt, and David Hoyt. The family is assisted by Brown Funeral Home of Jefferson.