Mildred Esther Williamson was born in Plankinton, South Dakota on November 17, 1910 – one hundred years ago. She had two brothers and two sisters. Mildred has always been a Quaker. Her father was the minister of a programmed meeting. After Mildred graduated from William Penn College, she taught for three years in a little one-room school house—teaching all eight grades.

Mildred met Wayne Joyce at William Penn College, and after a three-year-long engagement, they were married by her father in Empire Friends Meeting near Vale, South Dakota, on June 7, 1936. Mildred then taught for one year in a private school in Alabama. Later she taught special education for sixteen years, bringing her total years of teaching to 25. Mildred and Wayne have three children, Sonneva, Ellis and Norlin. They lived in South Dakota until they moved to Seattle in 1945. Mildred worked as a volunteer for the probation department of Bellevue for twenty years and retired in 1997.

She and Wayne were two of the founders of Eastside Friends Meeting. When she isn’t sewing or gardening, Mildred spends a great deal of time tending to the Meeting and Meetinghouse. She is currently clerk of Property Committee and serves on the Pastoral Care Committee.

We are very grateful to Mildred for the care, wisdom, support, and stability she gives to our Meeting.

(From November 2010 Newsletter of Eastside Friends Meeting)

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