Mildred E. (“Millie”) Mackey, 89, died at home Feb. 7, 2013, surrounded by her family.
A Rosary is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at St. Canice Catholic Church, 317 Washington St., Nevada City, Calif.
Born in Oklahoma April 18, 1923, she was one of seven children and spent her early years in the rural poverty of the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. She married James P. Jones at 16 and, a few years later during World War II, moved with two small children to California to work in the war industry in the East Bay, California. She was smart, ambitious, and a very hard worker. After trying her hand as a security guard at the Oakland Army Base, she got a job at Cutter Laboratory and, within a few years, was promoted to line foreman. She divorced her first husband shortly after the war ended. In 1970, she met William (“Bill”) Mackey, the love of her life. Not long after their marriage, they moved to Alaska, where Bill served as a district attorney and Millie was employed as a supervisor in the laboratory of a fish packing plant, working to ensure food safety standards. After 15 years in Alaska, the Mackeys returned to California, living first in Fairfield and then in Yreka, where Bill served as a California Superior Court judge. After Bill died in 1996, Millie moved to Rough and Ready, where she resided in a “granny house” on the property of her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Art Grosse. A pet lover, she adored the many dogs and cats who shared her home over the years.
Millie was a fun-loving woman with amazing energy and a ready wit. An avid golfer, she belonged for many years to the Vallejo Women’s Golf Club. She played often, frequently carding rounds that left her golf buddies helpless with envy. Millie also loved to gamble (blackjack, the slots and keno were her favorites), and she visited Reno often enough to get complimentary rooms and meals at the casinos. She usually won. Above all, Millie loved her family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, the person in whom family members confided and from whom they received sound advice and loving support.
She is survived by Ann and Art Grosse; her son, James Jones, and his wife, Linda Auwers; six grandchildren, Richard Grosse, Lori Adams, Laura Leonhardt, Jessica Harbeson, David Jones and Sarah Jones; eight great-grandchildren, Lisa Rodgers, Ricky Kolda, Jessica Grosse, Jennifer Davis, Michael Kolda and Jonah, Felix and Eva Leonhardt; and seven great-great-grandchildren. At the end of her life, Millie was lovingly cared for in her home by her daughter, Ann, grandson Richard and granddaughter Lori.
The family also wishes to acknowledge with heartfelt thanks the wonderful care provided by Darian Dryden as caregiver and the services of the Hospice of the Foothills.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.