BOONEVILLE – Mildred S. Elder, 94, died on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 22, 1920, in Booneville to the late Glynton and Lucy Isbell Spain. She was a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Booneville and Prentiss County area. Mildred was a lifelong resident of Prentiss County where she attended and graduated from Wheeler High School. While in school, she was selected Most Beautiful as well as the Friendliest. Before retirement, Mildred worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital as PBX telephone operator and insurance clerk. She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and member of the choir. Mildred was an avid sports fan, a MSU fan, avid bridge player, and bread and cake baker. She was well known for her caramel cakes and sour dough bread. Mildred loved to entertain in her home especially cooking for family and friends. Despite adversities, she was a shining example to the Booneville Community of what a good neighbor and citizen should be. Her gracious attitude and outlook were exemplary and positively impacted every life she touched. She was a selfless person always giving to help others in any way she could. Mildred will be missed, but her legacy of love and caring that has touched so many will live on. She was crowned Queen of the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
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She is preceded in death by her parents, Glynton and Lucy Isbell Spain.
She is survived by Gloria of the home, Sherry Davis and husband, Jerry of Columbus; three grandchildren, Melissa Boleman of Peachtree City, Ga., Gregory Davis and wife, Valerie of Temple City, Calif. and Candace Gibson and husband, Jeffrey of Olive Branch; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Doreene Elder of Wheeler; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Anne Isbell Holmes and husband, Bill of Sevierville, Tenn.
Pallbearers will be David Bolen, Bill Caver, Travis Childers, C.L. Davidson, Thurston Davis, Marshall Dickerson, Don Eubanks, Bobby Manley, and Billy Pounds.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wednesday and Thursday Bridge Club and the members of Golden Friendship Sunday school class.
A celebration of life service will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at McMillian Funeral Home in Booneville. Dr. Bill Duncan, Dr. Lynn Jones, and Bro. Calvin Price will be officiating with eulogy by Joey Langston. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be today May 4, 2014, noon until time for funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Baptist Children's Home or Osborne Creek Baptist Church, 527 County Road 7000, Booneville, MS 38829.
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on May 4, 2014