Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 24, with all invited to a luncheon afterwards. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers.
Millie was born June 26, 1923, the daughter of Rudolph and Ella Steward, and lived her entire life in Scott County until moving to Arizona in August 2015. She married Robert Wallace on April 24, 1942. Two days later Bob was deployed to the Persian Gulf to serve in World War II. It would be over two years before they would be reunited. They established their home in Eldridge in 1948.
As scout leader to the original 18 Girl Scouts of Troop 57, Millie was instrumental in establishing girl scouting in Eldridge in 1951. She continued to serve in scouting for many years.
She enjoyed studying her family heritage and was a member and past president of Scott County Iowa Pioneer Settlers’ Descendants. She volunteered many years at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in the Starlight Exposition Building.
For a time, Millie had her turn at her dream job as “Bookmobile Lady” to the patrons of rural Scott County. She was known to take special care to cater the shelves to her patrons’ interest.
Millie was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge, where she worked in the church library and was a longtime member of the Lydia Circle.
Her favorite pastime was reading. She was well known for her baking ability, particularly her pies. Millie always had time to listen to a friend, give encouragement and show a kindness.
She is survived by a daughter, Janice (Jack) Ball of Chandler, Arizona; three sons, Robert (Pat) Wallace of Tucson, Arizona, Fred (Becky) Wallace of Aloha, Oregon, and Michael (Sheri) Wallace of Eldridge; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Judith Steward.
Her devoted husband, Robert, preceded her in death; as well as three brothers, Ralph, Robert and William Steward; and a grandson, Jack Ball.