Mildred Louise (West) Voth, 89, died Monday, June 13, 2016, in Downey, California.
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She was born July 3, 1926, in Hicksville, Ohio, to Ross and Maggie (Sumner) West. She graduated from Hicksville High School and attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College) in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she met her husband and life-long companion, Rev. Vernon Paul Voth. They were married Aug. 6, 1949, and devoted their entire married life to children and youth ministry, missions and general church ministry. Together they pastored Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Fortine, Montana, Verndale, Minnesota, Tyler, Minnesota, Glendive, Montana, and Belgrade, Montana. Upon retirement they became members of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, and were actively involved in many areas of the church ministry and outreach. After the death of her husband, she moved from the Gallatin Valley to live in Billings, Montana, near her son, and then to Downey, California, to live with her daughter.
Mildred loved people of all ages, and constantly looked for ways to reach out and serve others. She loved to sew and crochet, and enjoyed photography. She had a knack for making a house a home, and for showing hospitality to anyone needing a place to stay, or a home-cooked meal. She dearly loved her family, but always had open arms to "adopt" anyone who needed a mother's love in their lives. She loved to laugh and sing and play the organ and piano, especially her favorite hymns.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; parents, Ross and Maggie West; brother, Archer West; sister, Nova James; and granddaughter, Pauline Voth.
She is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Mike) Peraaho of Nashwauk, Minnesota, and Donna Voth of Downey, California; one son, David (Laura) Voth of Billings, Montana; six grandchildren, Terry (Clara) Welsh, Timothy Welsh, Charity (Ryan) Michaelson, Brooke (Pete) Grandpre, David Ross (Kylie) Voth, and Justin Nelson; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; sister, Dorothy West of St. Paul, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Florence (Richard) Keller of Baxer, Minnesota; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the Aller family, especially Cindy, who opened her home and arms to help care for our mom in the last three years of her life; our beloved Lupe Cox, Estella Ramirez, and Sofia Beivides; and the amazing staff and nurses from Premium Hospice who made it possible for us to provide a loving and caring environment for our mom as she prepared to enter the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service on Saturday, June 18. Visitation will also be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church Fireside Room, with Funeral Services to begin at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials in her name may be made to Grace Bible Church, 3625 South 19th Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59718; Myron Voth Scholarship, Crown College, Attn: Denise Heskin, 8700 College View Drive, St. Bonifacius, MN 55375; or the
, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 17, 2016