Mildred Luft passed away on Feb. 1, 2013, at the age of 94.
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Born Annie Mildred Luft on Oct. 20, 1918, in Burns, Ore., she was the oldest child of Robert Henry Currier and Nina (Wiseman) Currier.
She graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1936 and attended one year at Oregon State University.
To earn money, Mildred trained to become a certified cosmetologist and owned her own beauty salon in Eugene.
Her father introduced her to Alexander "Sage" Luft when she was home for Thanksgiving in 1938. Sage asked Mildred to marry him many times. When she finally agreed, Mildred had two weeks to finish making her Easter suit, which she wore when they wedded on Feb. 1, 1942.
When Sage was transferred to California by the U.S. Army in 1943, Mildred worked as "Rosie the Riveter" at the Lockheed Vega plant building B-17 planes. She was laid off when she would not join the union.
After earning an accounting degree from Pasadena Business College, Mildred worked as an accountant for many years doing books for small businesses and independent operators.
She was a founding member of Melody Mothers, a PTA singing group that performed all over the state of Oregon in the 1960s. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross and March of Dimes.
At age 65, Mildred trained to be a Body Recall instructor. Her sister Dorothy designed this physical fitness program for older adults. It uses gentle movement to increase circulation and flexibility. Mildred taught Body Recall to students in Klamath Falls for 27 years. This exercise program and the love and enthusiasm of her students contributed to Mildred's long, healthy life.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Alexander, middle son Ken Luft, her sisters Elizabeth Cumrine and Dorothy Chrisman and brothers Wendell, Charles and Johnathan Currier.
She is survived by her sons Gordon (Jill) Luft of Everett, Wash., and Norman Luft of Klamath Falls; grandchildren Christopher Luft, Stephanie Luft, Fawn Luft, Silvi (Bjorn) Enstad and Kyle Luft; and three great-grandchildren Brian, Emma and Griffon.
Mildred was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Klamath Falls, where a service to celebrate her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
She rests at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in the Garden of Prayer.
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Published in Herald And News from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2013