In Loving

Mildred H. Gallagher

May 11, 1924 – April 12, 2024

Mildred “Mickey” Carolyn High Miller Gallagher entered into the nearer presence of the Lord on Friday, April 12, 2024, in Richmond, VA, at the age of 99, just one month shy of her 100th  birthday. She is preceded in death by her mother, Myrtle Carver High, and her father, John Fredrick “Buck” High, her brothers Marvin High (wife Mary), Woody High (wife Gaynelle), brother Leon High, sisters-in-law Carolyn Herndon High, and Lynda Gallagher Metzner, as well as her first husband, Raymond W. “Tinker” Miller, Jr; second husband, Earl Hughes “Joe” Gallagher, Jr.; niece Nancy High, nephew Rob Metzner, and granddaughter, Kathryn Ann Tyree.

She is survived by her brother Clinton Carver High, sister-in-law Carolyn Wood High, and her three loving children and their spouses, Raymond “Ray” Gallagher and wife Linda, Patricia “Pat” Tyree and husband Lee, and Joseph “Joe” Gallagher and wife Judy. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Sean Gallagher, Stephen Gallagher and wife Mandy, Jennifer “Jenny” Tyree Sayre, and Claire Gallagher Moore and husband Andrew. She also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren who love her dearly, Alexa, Carmen, Peyton, Cabel, Corson, Addison, and Carolyn Ann, as well as countless and dearly loved friends and family who will miss her greatly.

Mickey was born on May 11, 1924, in Durham, NC, to Myrtle and John “Buck” High, the only girl of four brothers. She attended and graduated from the C&O School of Nursing and served her country proudly as a United States Naval Cadet Nurse during World War II. While stationed in Pensacola, FL, she met and married her first husband, Raymond “Tinker” Miller, whom she tragically lost in an airplane military training accident in 1946 and with whom she shares her son, Raymond.

Following Tinker’s passing Mickey moved briefly to Rome, NY, and where their son Ray was born before moving to Clifton Forge, VA, where she worked as a nurse at her alma mater. There she married her second husband, Earl Hughes “Joe” Gallagher and had two children, Pat, and Joseph, before he passed away in 1972. Having moved to Richmond during their marriage, Mickey went on to work as a nurse at MCV and Retreat for the Sick hospitals in Richmond, VA, before transitioning to a medical practice of a local physician. Her nursing cape and starched white cap serve as a reminder of the many years in which Mickey spent professionally caring for others, an outward embodiment of her capacity for love and caregiving.

Devoted to service both to community and God, Mickey was a founding member of St. Barnabas Episcopal church, an alumna of the C&O Nurses Alumnae, and a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 284 in Colonial Heights. She enjoyed reading, finding the last missing piece of a puzzle, playing cards, taking walks, and visiting friends and loved ones. Always one for showing hospitality, should you have found yourself at her door, you would have been greeted with Chex mix, cheese, and crackers (and likely a perfectly chilled bottle of Reisling) or beverage of your choice. Her love for journalism could be noted by the many mornings she spent drinking her coffee while reading the local newspaper and her collection of writings. Her collection of records and CDs surely showcased her appreciation of music.  Her excitement and awe for traveling and marveling at the wonderful world around us is an inspiration for all of us.  Appreciating life was a lesson that Mickey leaves with those she leaves behind.

By all who had the blessing of knowing her, Mickey would be described as fiercely loyal to her family and friends and fervently rooted in her faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Her humor and wit, coupled with her Scotch-Irish, feisty zest for life, provided many moments of laughter. Her tenacity for caring for those she loved was unmatched. The matriarch of the Gallagher family, her capacity for compassion and love will continue to live on as her legacy, serving as models for all who knew and learned from her. She will be deeply missed and always loved.

A celebration of life has been planned for April 29 at 1:30 PM, with a reception and family visitation to immediately follow, at St. Barnabas Episcopal (4836 Cascade St., North Chesterfield, VA 23234) and is open to all who knew and loved her. A private cemetery service for the family will be held for the interment of ashes later.

The family, in accordance with Mickey’s wishes, asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to support  St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. While Mickey loved the beauty of flowers, she expressed her desire to see donations not go to petals that would wither, but rather to furthering the Kingdom of God.

“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go” (Jamie Anderson).