Mildred Dyche Rozic, formerly of Sweetwater, Tennessee, passed away on Sept. 5, 2019.
Mildred was born March 7, 1923, on the family farm in Philadelphia, Tennessee, the youngest of seven children. Her fondest memories were about her childhood on the farm and she relished in telling stories of its history. She attended Sweetwater High School and played for the basketball team. While attending high school she worked as a telephone switchboard operator for the local telephone company.
At the early age of 19, Mildred boarded a train in Sweetwater destined for California. With her previous experience, she soon found employment as a switchboard operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company. Soon after her hiring, Mr. Douglas asked her to be moved to his office. At that time Douglas Aircraft Company was providing aircraft for the war effort. When she reported to Mr. Douglas’ office, he told her, “When Ike calls, I want him to be greeted with that little southern voice from Sweetwater, Tennessee.”
After her marriage to Clarence Rozic in 1947, Mildred continued her education and became a licensed stockbroker at a time when brokerage houses did not hire women brokers.
Mildred’s first love was the outdoors. She and her husband made many trips in their VW bus traveling across North America and Canada. There was never a cloud that did not remind her of a sweet memory.
Mildred was a sweet lady who blessed her entire family for 96 years. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Clarence Rozic; parents, Charlie B. Dyche, Sr. and Mamie Moser Dyche; siblings, Charlie B. Dyche, Jr., William H. Dyche, Ira Fred Dyche, Frances Dyche Warner, Ruth Dyche Alley and Hattie Dyche Boyd.
She is survived by her children: Kathi and Gary Wright (Temecula, California), Richard and Teresa Rozic (Bend, Oregon);
Grandchildren, Kristen Bartek and Kimberly Genes;
Great-grandchildren: Jacob, Jared, Grace Kathleen and Lauren.
The family will be having a graveside service at West View Cemetery on Sept. 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Carl Oaks officiating.
Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com