‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Mildred's visitation.

Mildred Shields

Mildred Robinson Shields, daughter of Glenn David and Mary Ellen (Wolfe) Robinson, was born April 3, 1919 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She graduated from Kellerton High School and furthered her education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Mildred taught for a short time in country schools. In 1939, she was united in marriage to Lyndell G. "Chubb" Shields and her passion and drive in life was to be the best wife and mother that she could; and she excelled at it. Mildred always put her family needs before her own. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a servant's heart and cared for people in their time of need. She was intelligent, attractive, and generous and was best known for ensuring that the health and welfare of family and friends in need were her priority. Driven by Lyndell's profession and career, the family lived in ten different cities throughout the state of Iowa during their fifty-three years of marriage. Always a much-devoted volunteer and dedicated contributor of her church, the United Methodist Church, Mildred was also truly an outdoors person. From her early childhood, Mildred was competitively active with saddle horses which became her family's avocation for all of their years. Both Lyndell and Mildred were inducted as members of the Iowa Saddle Horse Association. Mildred and Lyndell served as Directors of I.S.H.A. Board and Mildred also served more than twenty years as Secretary of the statewide association. Mildred and Lyndell moved to Creston in 1972 where she was active in the United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. Lyndell passed away in 1991.
Mildred moved to Des Moines in 2008 and she passed away there on November 7, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister Mary Marie Bronson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her five sons Robert Lynn (Carol) Shields of Newburg, Indiana, William Lee Shields of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; James Crawford (Lanell) Shields of Estero, Florida, John David (Chris) Shields of Keokuk, Iowa, and Thomas Raymond (Yolanda) Shields of Des Moines, Iowa; ten grandchildren Randy, Mike, Scott, John, Sarah, Todd, Michael, Melissa, Matthew, and Jessica; great grandchildren Hanah, Issay, Sam, Ryder, Violet, Lucy, Mary, Lana, Chrissy, and Brandon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for Downs Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation.

  • Open Viewing

    November 11, 2013
    4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    November 11, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    November 12, 2013
    10:00 AM

    United Methodist Church

    400 N. Elm St
    Creston, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday November 12 2013

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mildred Shields, please visit our flower store.


Dear Bill,

You have our sympathy on the death of your mother.

According to the obituary, she had a long and productive life.

We''re anxious to visit with you about her service the next time you''re here.


Posted by Larry & Chad Oolman & Lori DeJong - Orange City, IA - customer & friend   November 13, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Bill and all of the Shields family,
Our deepest sympathy to you!
A lament that I have is - so Greif is the price we pay for Loving someone?
That being the case, feel Great about feeling bad, she is most definitely worth it!
God''s Peace to You!
Bart and Medara Winter

Posted by Bart Winter - Lake MIlls, IA - Friend   November 13, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I realize we have not seen each other in a while but consider you a friend having known you for some time now. Your mother sounded like a wonderful woman and I''m sure that is so true. It apparently is something you inherited from her. May the great memories of childhood all through your life with your mother bring you comfort and a smile. We will keep you in our prayers.
Kathie Hockenberry and all.

Posted by Hockenberry Family Care - Atlantic, IA - friend   November 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Although we did not know Mildred, we have enjoyed our business relationship with Bill. Bill always spoke so well of his mother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
The Heritage partners and staff

Posted by Heritage Funeral Home - Sioux Falls, SD   November 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for the loss of your mother. I know you have wonderful memories that you will cherish forever and may they help you through this time of grief.

Debbie Angelo
Powers Funeral Home
Office Mngr.

Posted by Debbie Angelo - Creston, IA - Friend   November 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Bill and family we are sorry to learn of your Mom''s death. Keeping you in our thoughts.

Posted by Craig and Nancy Fratzke - Storm Lake, IA   November 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Bill Shields and all of his family. Want to extend my sympathies to you and the death of your mother. I did not know her, but Bill and I go back many years through the funeral homes. Always a sad time on the death of a close relative, but please hold all of your memories of Mildred in your heart. Terry Smith

Posted by Terry L. Smith - Sioux City, IA   November 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mildred was a great supporter of the horse industry and was the ISHA''s secretary for many years. The Holt family sends our most sincere condolences.

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My friend Bill - sorry about your mom. All of our sympathies are with you and your family.

Posted by Marty Mitchell - Marshalltown, IA   November 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Bill and Shields Family,

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy on the death of your dear Mother.

We know that there are so many wonderful memories of your Mom and we want you to cherish all of them in your heart. As we read the obit of your Mom, we learned that she was a wonderful lady and you all should be so very proud of her.
Your Mom was the hub of the family and I know that she will be missed. She taught you well though and you will carry on for her.

Take time for your grief and remember all the great times you had as a family.
May the Lord be with you all.

Bill, we will see you on your next trip and dinner will be on the table.

Zahrbock Funeral Home Staff
Madison, MN
Lorwin (Chief) Paul, Sylvia and Diane

Posted by Lorwin Zahrbock - Madison, MN   November 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Show More Entries