Mildred (Millie) Daniels French was born in 1929, raised in Gulfport, MS and graduated from Perkinston Junior College in 1949. She and author Hugh French met in 1953 while he was serving in the USAF. They were married in 1954 and raised their three children in Dallas, TX. During the 30 years that they lived in Dallas, Millie was actively involved in her community, church, and family activities including camping and sailing.
Following Hugh’s retirement from E-Systems in 1992, Millie was deeply involved in the planning and preparation for the adventure of their lifetime about which this book was written. To effectively serve as First Mate during the actual adventure, it was necessary that she learn manyl basic boating skills and duties including using the VHF radio in the event of an emergency, securing the boat to a dock, using charts to determine our location and many more too numerous to mention.
When the Captain and First Mate finally moved back ashore near Punta Gorda, FL, they resumed their active lifestyle in their new community and pursued small boating activities until Millie’s health made a turn for the worse: in 1999 it was determined that she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease which ultimately resulted in her untimely death at age 79. She will be remembered by many for her outgoing personality, and as “a party waiting to happen”.