Dec. 9, 1925 - Nov. 21, 2017
Mildred "Millie" LaVerne Mangrum Feller passed away in her home on November 22, 2017.
The middle child of five children born to Lorene Jordan Mangrum and W.J. "Will" Mangrum, "Millie" was born December 9, 1925, in Speegleville, TX, in McClennan County.She attended public schools in Waco, graduated from Waco High School in the "famous" class of 1943, and attended Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, graduating from there in 1946. She continued college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, graduating in 1949. It was at Southwestern that Millie met her best friend and the love of her life, Verlon Feller, the son of Lucy and E.J. Feller of San Benito, TX. Millie and Verlon married June 11, 1949 at Lakeview Methodist Church in Lacy-Lakeview and moved to Dallas where Verlon then attended seminary at SMU and she taught first grade.
Verlon was a United Methodist minister and they lived in many places where he was appointed in the Texas Conference of the UMC. Millie was a teacher by career and taught kindergarten and first grade in many of the places they called home while being the "preacher's wife" and raising three children. She often said that she loved to teach children to read because she loved to read. She was very involved in their ministry, often teaching Sunday school and always singing in the choir. She loved music and singing, whether it was a solo or an ensemble, music was one of her greatest talents and interests. She sang in church choirs, school choirs, college choirs, and community choirs, from age 12 to her death. She also sang on the radio back in "those" days and enjoyed working in community Little Theater, having studied speech and drama in college. Millie loved working with children in church and school and children's chorus, and spent eight years in children's work in the Texas conference of the UMC.
Millie and Verlon raised their three children in various parsonages, and in retirement, they bought their first home at Holly Lake Ranch in Wood County. They lived there for 20 years and then moved to Tyler to The Hamptons Retirement Community where she enjoyed the rest of her life. Millie is a member of First United Methodist Church in Gilmer, but has attended Marvin United Methodist Church since they moved to Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother W.D. "Bill" Mangrum; sister, Lucile "Lucy" Bone Lau; sister, Martha Meares Dees; and grandson, Jacob Mack Feller.
Those left to cherish and celebrate her life includes her loving husband of 68 ½ years, Verlon Feller; children, Mark Feller and Peggy of Longview, Susan Feller Mollet of Dallas, Debbie Feller Durham and Russell of Bay City. She leaves one brother, Sam Mangrum and wife, JoAnne of Waco; and sister-in-law, Patsy Feller of Salado. Millie adored her grandchildren and they adored her; grandsons, Aaron and Jared Mollet, Jeremy Feller, Jacob Feller's widow, Lacy Feller, Brock and Rustin Feller; and one granddaughter, Carter Capehart. She had many nieces and nephews and as one niece put it, "she knew the names of all the generations and loved on us all". Her extended family includes "chosen" daughter, Trudy Holt Boyd; dear friend, John Mollet, Dustin Durham and family, Josh and Jacob Randol and their families; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Millie's life, officiated by Rev. Richard Laster, will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Gilmer, TX. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the church. The graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 27, at the Waco Memorial Park, Waco, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church, Gilmer, or Marvin United Methodist Church, Tyler.
Lloyd James Funeral Home
Tyler, TX 75701