Mildred Paxton Moody

Portrait of Mildred Paxton Moody Headstone Photograph

Mildred Paxton
Born Abilene, Texas-Apr.20, 1897
Died Austin, Texas-Mar.1,1983

"-A woman with a great capacity
for loving and caring, her personal
kindness will be cherished by all
whose lives she touched."

First Lady Of Texas

First Woman's Editor
The Abilene Reporter

First Editor, The Brand
Hardin-Simmons University

"And now abideth faith, hope, love,
these three, but the greatest
of these is love."

I Corinthians XIII: 13.
Full Name: Mildred Paxton Moody
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:M  Number:13
Reason for Eligibility: Wife of Daniel J. Moody, Sr. 
Birth Date: April 20, 1897 
Died: March 1, 1983 
Burial Date: March 3, 1983 

MOODY, MILDRED PAXTON (1897-1983). Mildred Paxton Moody, preservationist, journalist, and Texas First Lady, daughter of George and Mathilde (Warren) Paxton, was born on April 20, 1897, in Abilene, where she grew up. She obtained her B.A. degree in 1917 from Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University), attended the University of Texas for her M.A. in English, then returned to Simmons to teach; she also wrote for the Abilene Reporter. She interrupted her teaching career to complete a journalism degree at Columbia University in New York. After returning again to Abilene, she taught journalism at Simmons. Mildred Paxton married Texas attorney general Daniel J. Moody, Jr., on April 20, 1926, six months before he won the gubernatorial race against the incumbent, Miriam A. (Ma) Ferguson. The financial challenges Mrs. Moody faced as First Lady from 1927 to 1930 convinced her that the preservation and decoration of the Governor's Mansion should be managed by appointed regents. On March 5, 1931, soon after Governor Ross S. Sterling succeeded Moody, the Dallas News published an article by Mildred Moody about her experiences as First Lady. She recommended that a board be established to plan for furnishing the governor's home, preferably to complement its architectural style. Within weeks the Forty-second Legislature authorized the Board of Mansion Supervisors to oversee planning and improvements. Governor Sterling appointed Mildred Moody to head the first three-person board. During her tenure members authorized installation of new furniture, floor coverings, roofing, and tree plantings at the mansion. Mrs. Moody continued with the board until 1941, through Gov. W. Lee O'Daniel's first term. The Moodys had two children. After Dan Moody left the governorship, the family resided in Austin. Mildred died on March 1, 1983, following a long illness and was buried in Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Jean and Price Daniel and Dorothy Blodgett, The Texas Governor's Mansion (Austin: Texas State Library, 1984). Mary D. Farrell and Elizabeth Silverthorne, First Ladies of Texas...1836-1936 (Belton, Texas: Stillhouse Hollow, 1976).

Sherilyn Brandenstein

"MOODY, MILDRED PAXTON." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Tue Feb 11 17:36:34 US/Central 2003].

Additional Multimedia Files To Download:

#2802) Title:Mrs. Moody and Dan, Jr.
Source:Nancy Paxton Moody
Description:Mrs. Moody and Dan, Jr. celebrating his 2nd birthday in the Governor's Mansion.


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