Mildred Jo Millie Giles

Mildred Jo “Millie” Giles of Denton, TX, formerly of Bradford, went to her eternal rest on Tuesday November 26, 2019.

She was the daughter of the late Samuel William Giles and June C. Giles, who survives of Bradford.

Millie married Robert L. Erdle on August 21,1976, he preceded her in death on January 30, 2006.

She and her husband served as faculty members, together at the University of North Texas for many years. After her husband’s death she was appointed Coordinator of the Watercolor Concentration.

Millie Giles held degrees in: Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing;

Master of Arts in Painting; Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. At one point in her career, she served as Director of the Chautauqua Art Association Galleries, in Chautauqua, NY. For over twenty-five years she was the critic for the VAST Painters of Denton TX. The co-owner of Watercolor World Wide Inc., she accompanied painters to exotic spots throughout the world to paint during the summer months. After retiring, she volunteered at both the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. But the greatest honor of her life involved designing the 30-foot CORETEN Steel Firefighters 911 Memorial Bell Tower for the Denton Firefighters.

Although she left Bradford many years ago, Millie never forgot the sound of the oil wells pumping at night as a child and never stopped missing the hills.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery where she walked many an afternoon with her grandmother.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at hollenbeckcahill.com

 

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

Millie was my art teacher at Bradford high, 71 to 73....many fond memories..she greatly influenced me in my art and self esteem...
— David M Wells

I had the honor of being Millie’s first graduate student for an MFA in Watercolor. We worked together very closely (sharing a tiny office) for several years and I gained a deep respect and love for her. She has shaped who I am as an artist and as a person. She will always be held very dearly in my heart and I’ll miss her.
— Beth Gouldin

Millie was an extremely talented and dedicated teacher and a wonderful painter. She also had a rich sense of humor, a love of her "homes" in Texas, Chatauqua and Bradford and a great appreciation for design and craftsmanship especially in art and cars! I''ll miss her. Thank you for posting the obituary.
— Judy Youngblood

One of my greatest inspirations in life and art! We will miss your Millie!!
— David Collins

Condolences

  • Millie was my art teacher at Bradford high, 71 to 73....many fond memories..she greatly influenced me in my art and self esteem...

    — David M Wells
  • I had the honor of being Millie’s first graduate student for an MFA in Watercolor. We worked together very closely (sharing a tiny office) for several years and I gained a deep respect and love for her. She has shaped who I am as an artist and as a person. She will always be held very dearly in my heart and I’ll miss her.

    — Beth Gouldin
  • Millie was an extremely talented and dedicated teacher and a wonderful painter. She also had a rich sense of humor, a love of her "homes" in Texas, Chatauqua and Bradford and a great appreciation for design and craftsmanship especially in art and cars! I''ll miss her. Thank you for posting the obituary.

    — Judy Youngblood
  • One of my greatest inspirations in life and art! We will miss your Millie!!

    — David Collins