Mildred Janz was born February 1, 1931, in Cowden, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Ralph Finis and Juanita (Simpson) Jones. She was raised on the family farm in Cowden, during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, and graduated from Cowden High School. She married Lewie Janz on May 14, 1957, in Cordell, Oklahoma. Once married, they moved, first to Massachusetts, and then to Wichita, Kansas. Mildred gave birth to her two children, first Retta, and then Curtis. They moved from Wichita to Oklahoma City, and then to Tuttle, where they lived for 40 years. Mildred worked as both the secretary and a teacher’s aide at Tuttle Middle School for over 20 years. She cared for the school kids as her own and had wonderful co-workers, whose friendships she greatly treasured. Mildred was the true matriarch of her family and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren fiercely. She embodied the true meaning of a homemaker and took great pride in caring for her home and family.