Funeral service for Millie will be Friday, June 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Medford Church of the Nazarene Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Medford. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc. Viewing will be Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Mildred “Millie” Laverne Schuneman was born on September 16, 1924 in a farmhouse on her Grandfather Akin’s farm, just outside of Culleoke, Texas. She was the second of four children born to Everett Pascal Akin and Lela Ailene (Davis) Akin. Millie and her older sister Edith enjoyed playing on the farm, walking to church and the security of plenty of food on the table.
When Millie’s father was called to preach, it was near the beginning of the Great Depression. Millie’s transition from a farmer’s daughter to a “Preacher’s Kid” would bring a major change to the rest of her childhood and her teen years. Living on a pastor’s salary with a wife and four children (brothers Leonard and Charles) would mean that there were times when there wasn’t any food in the house. Millie remembered numerous times when church people would bring a meal over at just the right time. God was faithful to provide for the family’s needs.
Being a preacher’s daughter also required numerous moves throughout her time at home.
Millie attended nine different schools throughout her school years. Ironically, Millie enjoyed every move, because it meant an adventure where she could meet new people. Everywhere she went, Millie made life-long friends.
Millie graduated from Bethany Peniel College (now Southern Nazarene University) with a degree in Home Economics (She later earned her teaching certificate from Northwest Oklahoma University in Alva). She made life-long friends at college who would continue to meet together every Christmas for many years. Most importantly, Millie met Don Schuneman whom she would marry on August 22, 1947. They would be married for 66 years. While Don was completing his college degree at BPC after coming back from World War II, Millie taught one year in Yukon.
After Don’s graduation, Millie and Don moved to Medford, Oklahoma where they would raise their family: Judith Ann and Randal Don. Medford would become their life-long home. Millie taught two years at Medford before finishing her teaching career at Deer Creek, serving there for twenty-seven years. She loved teaching small classes of third-graders. She began each day by reading a Bible Story and prayer.
Millie was an amazing wife and mother. She was a great cook, specializing in roast beef with mashed potatoes and a wonderful cherry pie. Millie and Don established a strong Christian home where their example made it much easier for their children to accept Christ. Millie loved the Lord with all her heart and had an unquestionable relationship with Christ.
Millie also loved the church. It was common practice for her family to be 45 minutes early to church where they would sit quietly until the pastor arrived. Millie served as Missionary Society President, a Church Board member and a Sunday School teacher. She loved her church and made sure the family attended “every time the church doors were open.”
Millie also enjoyed having coffee with her lady friends each day after getting home from school. Coffee time would become a part of her life until she moved from Medford. Millie would move from Medford to Southern Plaza in Bethany, Oklahoma in November 2017. Millie was reunited with friends from college and even a childhood best friend who Millie had known since she was 12. She was loved by all and never missed Sunday Morning church.
Millie died with her children, their spouses and a grandson by her side on June 8, 2019 at the age of 94 at Southern Plaza in Bethany, Oklahoma.
Millie is survived by her daughter, Judy Meisner (husband Wes), her son Randy Schuneman (wife Bonnie), three grandchildren: Robb (Sarah) Schuneman, Jonathan (Michelle) Meisner and Mendy (Tomy) Cummins, six great-grandchildren: Truett Meisner, Axell Meisner, Laney Cummins, Lydia Tahfi, Alliyah Tahfi and Miriam Tahfi and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her granddaughter Jennifer Schuneman, her parents, E. P. and Aline Akin, her sister Edith Borgeson and her brothers, Leonard and Charles Akin.
A memorial fund has been established for Medford Church of the Nazarene. Thanks especially to the town of Medford for the love and care you gave to Mom and Dad over nearly 70 years. Also, thanks to Southern Plaza Assisted Living and Mercy Hospice in Oklahoma City for your care for Mom in her final days.