People have been telling me that Mildred Monday died for months now, and I thought they were just making it up, like when a few people were trying to start the rumor that I died. Well, this morning s1acker and matt showed me the newspaper obituary, proving that Mildred Monday is in fact dead.
Monday, Mildred L. - February 19, 2010 - Mildred L. Abbott Monday 88, Indianapolis, died Feb. 17, 2010. Services: 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 20 at Oakley-Hammond Funeral Home, Moore & Kirk Irvington Chapel, with visitation there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mildred has been around longer than the PLA has, first coming into contact with us when I flipped to a random page in the phone book and called her from a pay phone in Indianapolis. This was in 1993. Various friends and I continued to call Mildred for years and she never failed to say amusing things to us, like when she threatened to shoot me in the hind end with a shotgun. For years Mildred defended herself by loudly proclaiming, "I am Mildred Monday!"
There's a small tribute to Mildred Monday in episode #16 of PLA Radio (about 14 minutes in) where a few of her calls are played and the Mildred Monday song is introduced. To hear most of the other Mildred Monday calls, click here for a PLA Forums post about her. Searching the PLA Forums finds quite a few other posts mentioning her too.
Now that Mildred is gone, I'd really like to see a picture of her. She must have kids and grandkids that are on Facebook or Myspace, and those people might have a picture of Mildred in their photos. Everyone reading this should drop what you're doing and search for the Monday family on Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, and any other social networking site you can find. Look for Mondays in Indianapolis and strike up conversations with them to see if you can get a picture of Mildred.
Join us on Tuesday night for The Phone Show, where we'll be hosting an hour-long vigil to celebrate the memory of Mildred L. Monday.
EDIT: Matt found her picture! It's now included at the top of this post. Also, click here for a memorial page on Mildred, where you can leave your thoughts and memories about her. That page includes a lot of her family names, so lets check some Facebook profiles for more Mildred Pictures!
ANOTHER EDIT: I just added this week's Phone Show episode to this post. It's a great show that talks about nothing but Mildred Monday and plays all of the prank calls that we made to her in the 1990's.