HOUSTON, TX – Mildred Vukmirovich Nikolin, formerly of Youngstown, Ohio passed away Feb. 10, 2013.
She was born Dec. 29, 1918.
She graduated from McDonald High School second in her class and was the Ohio State Champion in French and Latin.
She received a scholarship to attend The Ohio State University, where she majored in Journalism and French.
After graduation she wrote under the pen name of Valor for the Girard, Ohio newspaper and Niles Times newspaper owned by the Wick Brothers.
She received numerous awards for her articles and poetry. In 1938, the American Srbobran published her poetry and she met her future husband, William “Bill” Nikolin, Editor of the English section.
In 1943, she went to work in the Ravenna Ordnance Plant, Ravenna, Ohio to support the war effort.
Her three brothers and fiance Bill were in U.S. Army and Navy fighting on the war front.
In November of 1945, when Bill was discharged from the Army, they were married and Bill entered The Ohio State University to work on his Ph.D.
In 1947, Bill joined the U.S. Department of State as a diplomat with his first assignment being in Belgrade.
While overseas, Mildred was a Gray Lady for the American Red Cross in Munich at the U.S. Army Hospital psychiatric ward and President of the welcoming committee for new arriving families on rotation.
In 1972, after 25 years in Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria, Canada, Australia and Okinawa, Mildred returned to Youngstown, Ohio with the family.
Mildred was a member of the Old Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Austintown.
In 1989, she was President of the Circle of Serbian Sisters.
Outliving Bill, she moved to Houston to live with her daughter.
Mildred leaves behind her daughters, Mia Hamilton of Houston, Gabrielle Nikolin of Dallas, and Jennifer Meyer of Bath, Ohio; her cousins, Sylvia Vukmirovich, Evelyn Shuput and Helen Mazian of Detroit; her grandchildren, Bryan Parker and Jennifer Hamilton of Hollywood, California; her god-daughter, Jessica Moore of Hollywood; and her great-granddaughter, Stella Courrege of Richardson, Texas.
The funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Old Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Austintown, Ohio. Calling hours will be at noon until the time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church at 420 N. Raccoon Road, Austintown, OH 44515.
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