Mildred "Millie" Wootton
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Mildred "Millie" Wootton, age 98, of Yankton, South Dakota died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend John Rutten officiating. Burial will be in the Beaver Creek Cemetery in rural Crofton, Nebraska. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a Rosary 7:00 PM and Vigil Service at 7:30 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday.

Pallbearers are Terry Wootton, Brad Kumm, Michael Cox, Dan Wootton, Debra Doerr, and Joan Coombs. Honorary pallbearers are Stephanie Cornelio, Leslie Yanez, Sarah Rider, and Jessica Wootton.

Mildred "Millie" Wootton was born January 24, 1916 on the farm in rural Crofton, Nebraska to Hubert and Mary (Bogner) Sprakel. She grew up in rural Crofton and attended Beaver Creek Grade School. She moved to West Point, Nebraska and then to Omaha, Nebraska before settling in Seattle, Washington where she met Charles Wootton. Millie married Charles on February 12, 1941 in Seattle. They moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 1944, where Millie raised her family and helped Charles at the Contractors and Builders Lumberyard, which they owned and operated until 1998. Millie became a resident of Avera Sister James Care Center in 2006.

Millie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, where she was very active on the Altar Society, Funeral Committee, Bazaar Committee, Soup Kitchens, Catholic Daughters and the Madonna Circle. She was also very active in the Yankton Girl Scouts and became known as the "Equipment Lady" because she would always take care of the canoes, tents and other various camping equipment. Millie served with the Minn-la-Kota Girl Scout council for over 50 years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society in Yankton. In 1994, she was awarded the Citizen of the Year in Yankton for her devotion to her community. Even with all of her charitable and volunteer activities she still found time for her flowers, in particular her geraniums. It was not unusual to see various geraniums blooming in the front windows of the Contactors and Builders Lumberyard or in the basement windows of her home in the winter. She could often be found outside tending to her flowers from the first sign of Spring until the first hard frost of Winter. Millie had an unwavering faith in God and was always there for her family.

Survivors include her six children: Richard and Rosie Wootton of Yankton, South Dakota; Julie and Larry Wachholtz of Pierce, Nebraska; Bernita and Pat Whalen of Benicia, California; Bert Wootton of Pinole, California; Ron Wootton of Omaha, Nebraska; and Nadine Ritsch of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Magdalen Sprakel and Julie Sprakel both of Crofton, Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles in 1985; two brothers: Eugene Sprakel and Waldemar Sprakel; and three sisters: Maryann Hillman, Helen Kollars and Sister Ethel Sprakel, OSB.

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My prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Yolanda Jimenez

Our thought and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

Vernon and Norma Hofer

What a wonderful woman Millie was. During the summers she was like a second mother to me, spending it at day camp with her, my mother and Mae T. I have such fond memories. May she find peace, and prayers to you, the family.

Kelly Voracek-Sparks


Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Betsy Noble

I am so sorry for your loss. Millie was a great person thru all her life. I always made a point of stopping in to see her when I came home. I actually threatened to take her for a visit to Alaska and spend time with Nick. She practically had her bags packed! I am truly going to miss her.

Mary Kollars

I have many fond memories of your mom. After hearing of her passing, this was the first memory that came to me---Every spring stray cats would seek a safe haven to give birth and what better place then Millie's old garage. When the time was right she'd open that garage door and let me take a peek at the fuzzy kittens. What an experience she gave me as a young child! May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. With love and fond memories of your mom.

Angela Kollars Shepperd

As a fellow member of Sacred Heart Parish, I was always in awe at Millie's faithfulness, year after year, running the kitchen at the annual parish bazaar. I last saw her just recently when I took Communion to the N. Home. Such a great lady. I extend my sympathy to each of you who loved her. God bless!

Marlene Johnson

She was a tireless and caring lady.Thoughts and prayers to all.

Tim Branaugh

Two memories about Aunt Millie stand out for me. The evening Gerard died Millie told me that God had taken him to be with Him in heaven. The second was when I stayed with the Woottons when my parents went to Loveland, Colorado to visit Maryanne and Blair. Nadine and I had come into possession of a pack of cigarettes and we smoked them upstairs at the house when Charlie was remodeling it before they moved in. Ronnie caught us and threatened to tell if Nadine didn't allow him to have her beach ball whenever he wanted it. Now, we all know Nadine is not one to be outsmarted by anyone, so she came up with a plan to thwart Ronnie's blackmail scheme. She said we should go to Millie and confess our transgression and Ronnie would have no power over her or her beach ball. The confession went something like this: Nadine would say that we found a pack of cigarettes and I would finish with, and we smoked them. We followed through with the plan and what do you think her reaction was? She said, "Well, don't do that again". No anger. No penance. It was like it never happened. That was Aunt Mille in a nutshell. She always knew what to say, and she always kept her wits about her. My condolences to everyone at this time. She was the first born and the last to leave; that, too, was very much like her. She is a great soul.

Dorothy Kollars Booth

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Wootons during your time of sorrow and reflection. Your mother, grand mother, great grandmother...she holds so many places in our hearts. Aunt Millie was a wonderful person who gave so much to her family and the Yankton community. I was lucky enough to spent an hour talking with her when I was in Yankton last August; I actually spent most of the time listening as she reminisced about so many things in her life. She was as mentally sharp as ever, recalling many events of her life during the brief time we shared that day. Her comments continually revolved around the question why she was the only remaining child of the family. And now she goes to join her parents and siblings in a better place. In the local language in Botswana they say "Robala ka Kagiso" meaning "Rest in Peace". Rest well in Heaven dearest Aunt Millie.

Pat Kollars

She'll be missed by me as well as her family. I was a volunteer at Avera Majestic Bluffs. I had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a sweet soul. If your family would like to have a poem I wrote for family & friends that has lost a loved one please contact me.

Linda D. Gorham

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