Mildred Swann Everett was a force of nature. She grew up in Amarillo, graduated Amarillo High and Amarillo College before heading into the business world. At a time when women in office roles – beyond bringing coffee – were a novelty, Mildred forged her path past the expectations of those around her. While working at Commercial Credit in the late 1940s, she met her lifelong love, James D. “Buck” Everett. They married in 1950 and, instead of becoming a housewife, Mildred continued her rise in the workplace. She landed a job at Amarillo College in the Business Office; more than thirty years later, she retired with the title of Vice President. Her work ethic, compassion for others, meticulous nature, and leadership abilities led to an endowed Amarillo College Accounting Scholarship that bears her name.
But retiring didn’t mean she would stop working. Mildred sat on the Amarillo College Board of Regents and the Jan Werner Adult Day Care boards. She volunteered at St. Paul United Methodist Church and at Amarillo Little Theatre. She played bridge, gardened, and baked – to the delight of friends, family, and service providers.
In her later years Mildred succumbed to dementia, and she was robbed of her brilliant mind. Nevertheless, she remained one of the sweetest, most caring souls.
May she rest in peace.
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