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Millie Melissa Dodson Shindler
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1899
Altoga
Collin County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1952
Denison
Grayson County
Texas, USA

Millie was the fifth of George & Cynthia (Vance) Dodson's six children. Her siblings were: William "Bill" Henry, James "Jim" Calvin, Archie R., Cora Bell, & Jessie Elizabeth. George was Cynthia's second husband, so Millie had several half-brothers and sisters: Sarah, Smith, Dora, Walter, & Mary Etta.

Against her mother's wishes Millie was 14 years old when she married Thomas Shindler in McKinney, Collin Co, TX, on July 16, 1913. The names of their 12 children are shown on her Tom's memorial.

Millie was close to her parents, & she and Tom lived on the farm with her parents in Yarnaby from time to time. More about that on Tom's memorial.

They were living in Vernon, TX on a farm when an accident almost took her life. This would have been about 1927 when their daughter, Ruth, was still nursing. Following are some excerpts from my Bell book:

The Water Wagon Accident
They didn't have water for home use on their farm, so Tom had to haul it from town. He fastened a large water tank on the back of a wagon. When it needed to be refilled, he hitched a team of horses to the wagon and took it to town. It was time for the water tank to be refilled, so Millie and Tom helped their two youngest daughters, Melva and Ruth, up in the wagon, and they went to town.

They had done some shopping while the water tank was being filled and were on their way home when tragedy struck. Millie was sitting on the wagon seat beside Tom and was nursing Ruth while eating a Baby Ruth candy bar. They were on the top of a hill when a piece of paper suddenly blew across the road in front of the horses and startled them. They took off running, out of control, and when they reached the bottom of the hill, the wagon turned over. Tom and the girls were thrown clear, but Millie was pinned beneath the heavy water tank. A motorist happened by and helped him raise the tank enough to get Millie from underneath. Ruth and Melva were taken home to stay with the older kids. Ruth said she was just a baby at the time but can still recall parts of that terrible scene.

Millie was taken to the hospital, and it wasn't known if she would live or die. Some bones, including her pelvis and hip bones, had been broken. Her scalp was almost torn from her head and required over 100 stitches to be reattached. The doctors told her she would never walk again.

Ruth was fussing when Tom got home from the hospital. Tom, not knowing what else to do, took her to the hospital so she could nurse, but no manner of persuasion could make her cooperate. Finally, in frustration, he took her home to Dorothy, their oldest daughter. Dorothy warmed some cow's milk and gave it to her in a cup. Ruth said, "I swear, I can remember it!"

Millie was in the hospital several months before she was well enough to go home. She couldn't walk by herself, so Tom had to carry her around the house. Day by day, she slowly gained more strength. She had made up her mind that she was going to walk. Over the next six months, unknown to Tom, she slowly and painstakingly learned to walk again. Much to his surprise, one day she got up and slowly walked across the room. She finally recovered and gained her strength back.

Over the next ten years, they had five more children. (Ruth Shindler Foster)

After Tom's death, Millie moved into an upstairs apartment on Gandy Street in Denison. She had been in poor health since the birth of her last child and was later diagnosed with cancer of the liver. On June 21, 1952, she was visiting her daughter, Florence, in Frisco, when she became critically ill. An ambulance was called to the house to get her. She died at 7 p.m. on the way to the hospital.

Her daughter, Miss Connie Shindler, was the informant on her death certificate. Millie had lived 53 years, 4 months, & 20 days. She was buried on June 23.

Her obituary was published in the Dension Herald on Monday, June 23, 1952.

"SHINDLER FUNERAL HELD
Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Mae Shindler, 53, who died Saturday while en route by ambulance from the home of a daughter at Frisco to Denison, were held today at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church with Rev. B.N. Ramsay, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery with Bratcher-Moore in charge. Pallbearers were Bubba Whiting, Bob White, Bob White, S.C. Griffin, Fred Sneed, Harry Gaines, and T.W. Beshears.

Survivors other than those listed earlier are a brother, Jim Dodson, Ardmore, and a half-brother, Walter Preston, Yuba; and two sisters, Mrs. Ellie Grace, Yuba, and Mrs. Dora McFerrin, Westminster."
 
 
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 Parents:
  George Bell Dodson (1863 - 1944)
  Cynthia Caroline Vance Dodson (1859 - 1956)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas Duffy Shindler (1893 - 1951)*
 
 Children:
  Odus Bell Shindler (1918 - 1974)*
  Florence Shindler Haynes (1920 - 1999)*
  Ruth Thelma Shindler Foster (1926 - 2011)*
  Connie Agnes Shindler Deaton (1935 - 1960)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Ellen Preston McDonald (1878 - 1964)**
  Smith Oscar Fritz Preston (1881 - 1912)**
  Dora Preston McFerrin (1883 - 1981)**
  Walter Robert Preston (1885 - 1968)**
  Mary Etta Preston (1887 - 1902)**
  William Henry Thomas Edward Dodson (1889 - 1965)*
  James Calvin Dodson (1892 - 1961)*
  Archie Dodson (1895 - 1898)*
  Cora Bell Dodson Sinor (1897 - 1947)*
  Millie Melissa Dodson Shindler (1899 - 1952)
  Jessie Elizabeth Dodson Graham (1902 - 1992)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Denison
Grayson County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Mar 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35308070
Millie Melissa <i>Dodson</i> Shindler
Added by: Virginia Brown
 
Millie Melissa <i>Dodson</i> Shindler
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In memory of Aunt Millie
- Virginia Brown
 Added: Jan. 28, 2012

- Virginia Brown
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- Virginia Brown
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