“The joy of living is the joy of giving service to others.” Dolly Millender, 1920-2015
Most everyone from the Region knows the name Dolly Millender. Then there are those of blessed with opportunities to have talked with her, read her works, and listen to the wisdom and encouragement she gave.
Called the historian of Gary, Dolly passed on Christmas at the age of 95. While some may automatically say “oh 95.. she lived such a long life.”, well yes, she did. And she was living it fully- in her nineties she was still very active in her city and her community. Dolly hosted a regular radio program on WLTH, she continued to meet with students and was a strong presence in the community. And she kept writing.
This blog cannot begin to give justice to the life and legacy of Dolly Millender . Our city and country has lost a powerful African American female voice- much needed today. Her motto, “The joy of living is the joy of giving service to others” is exemplified in her life. Among her accomplishments:
Indiana State University recently posted this bio and among her accomplishments:
City of Gary- Library board trustee (1960s and 1970s)
Gary City councilwoman (1980-1992)
Gary School board member (1992-2004)
Lutheran Church missionary team member (30 years)
Founder and CEO of the Gary Historical and Cultural Society, Inc. (GHCS) (1976-present)
Author of five books, 2 of which are on the history and culture of Gary, Indiana
Received her Master of Science degree in 1968 in Educational Media from Purdue University
Awards and Recognitions:
Gary Steel City Hall of Fame Award
The Governor’s Award (Governor Mitch Daniels) for Outstanding Historic Preservation in Indiana
I am sure there will be more tributes to come. Gary, IN has lost the presence of Dolly Millender, but her legacy lives on. Prayers to her family.