Our first blog post will be in honor of my husbands AWESOME Grandma, Mildred "Millie" Huffman who battled Alzheimer's disease for 10 years. Once you met Millie, you quickly learned and appreciated her tireless energy, passion and determination to make a change in the world. Millie was the first woman to be nominated for statewide office in Missouri when she was the Republican nominee for Secretary of State in 1976. She previously was the St. Louis County clerk and had various positions in GOP organizations in St. Louis County. Millie received the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in 1976, becoming the first woman to be nominated for a statewide office in Missouri. She lost to the Democratic incumbent, James C. Kirkpatrick. She served as the Clerk of St. Louis County from 1967 to 1972, first as an elected official and then as an appointee when the county put the job under the merit system. She was elected to two terms in the Missouri House before her run for statewide office. She later took a job heading the St. Louis office for the Secretary of State's office. She was on local boards for the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army and Lutheran Charities.
In remembrance of Millie, please help us with the fight against Alzheimer's! The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future of millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. Click here to register and learn more about the The Alzheimer's Association.