Mildred (Piotrowski) Higer was born to Meta and Oscar Piotrowski on July 11, 1931, in a farmhouse 8 miles west of Fort Scott, Kansas. She was the youngest of 11 children.
When she was 16, her mother died, and Millie came to Caldwell to live with her sister Dorothy (Ben) Fountain and attend Caldwell High School. During that time, she met Hiram Higer and they were married August 31, 1949.
Hiram and Millie were life-long sweethearts and wonderful parents to their five children. Millie created a home filled with love and laughter and taught each of her children the joy of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Millie rejoiced in her role as a wife and mother and always welcomed her children’s friends. She had a loving heart and a listening ear.
Millie was also a mother to many outside the family circle. She was a faithful friend and thoughtful neighbor. As a member of the Caldwell Art Association for two decades, she enjoyed developing her talent as a painter alongside other artists, all who became dear friends.
Her membership at Caldwell First Baptist Church spanned 68 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher, deaconess, and King’s Daughters leader. Along with Hiram, she spent many summers at Warm Lake Camp as a counselor and camp director, then later as a cook, helping Hiram in his duties as quartermaster for the camp.
Millie and Hiram also served on short-term ministry assignments, assisting missionaries in Japan, Panama and Slovenia.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and her husband Hiram. She is survived by her children, Kim (Laurie) Higer, Teresa (Karl) Baughman, Peggy (John) Tietsort, Jill (Tim) Mesenbrink, all of Caldwell, and Patty (Mel) Davis of Slovenia, as well as twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She leaves behind a legacy of warmth, love, and faith.
Millie loved to study God’s Word and sing hymns. Among her favorites were Paul’s letter to the Philippians, especially verse 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” and the song, “It’s Just Like His Great Love”:
It’s just like Jesus to roll the clouds away,
It’s just like Jesus to keep me day by day,
It’s just like Jesus all along the way,
It’s just like His great love.
A memorial service will be held to honor Millie on Thursday, July 8, at the Caldwell First Baptist Church, 221 East Linden, Caldwell, ID 83605, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church and designated to “The Millie Higer Memorial Fund.” All gifts will be used to benefit the ministry of Warm Lake Camp.
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