Mildred was born in Bridgeport, Neb., to Grace (Larew) and Thomas William Everett Shay on Aug. 13, 1923. Her siblings are Isabel, Beatrice, Edwin, Jean and Jane. She was raised in Harvey, and graduated from Harvey High School. Mildred received a cosmetology degree and license from the Ottumwa Beauty School. On March 23, 1946, after Bob Harvey returned from WWII, he and Mildred were married in Hiawatha, Kan. To this union five children were born: Bruce Scott, John Emmett, Stephanie Gay, and infant twins Celia Suzanne and Cecilia Suzette.
Bob and Mildred lived in several communities during their 51 years of marriage: Pella, Deep River-Millersburg, Knoxville, North English, Pleasantville, Ft. Worth, Texas; Lake Zurick and Pallatine, Ill. In each community they developed lifetime friendships.
Mildred worked in beauty shops in Knoxville and Texas, in addition to owning and operating a shop in Pleasantville.
Bob did not particularly like to go to restaurants; perhaps for two reasons; Mildred was a wonderful cook and his last job took him out on the road so often, he was ready for some good old home cooking! From the large gardens she enjoyed planting and caring for, she also enjoyed preserving the abundance of produce that came from them. The numerous meals she made and served consisted of the produce and possibly some of the fish that she and Bob loved to catch. They also enjoyed remodeling homes, teaching all of their children the basics of woodworking and painting. One of the most talked about family activities were the get-togethers with Bob’s Army buddies.
The buddies and their families gathered at one of their homes and “hashed over” the good and bad times from the War. As a result of these reunions, those children from Arizona, Missouri and Michigan became good friends with one another. After his retirement they did a lot of traveling in the South and became involved in activities in the RV parks. They especially enjoyed the Marion County potlucks.