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WEEKS, MILDRED POLK - age 93, died peacefully in hospice on July 7, 2014, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Born in Cincinnati, OH, Mrs. Weeks moved to Knoxville with her family at age 5. She graduated from Sequoyah Hills Elementary School and Knoxville High School (1938). Mrs. Weeks was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1942), BA, Philosophy. Mildred joined Church Street Methodist Church the morning of February 19, 1928. On June 2, 1942, Mildred was wed in a military ceremony at the "new church" located on the corner of Henley and Main Streets. For Mrs. Weeks, Christian faith was exemplified by music, community outreach, and fellowship. She helped the church's United Methodist Women (UMW) found the Lydia Circle, a ministry to strengthen the Christian faith of professional women through education and fellowship. For her vision, the UMW recently established the "Mildred Circle" in her honor. While Mrs. Weeks was a devoted wife and mother of five, she somehow found time to work as a part-time journalist, first during World War II for "Look Magazine" (the precursor of "Life Magazine"), and later writing human interest stories for various local and regional newspapers and advertising weeklies around the country. Mrs. Weeks is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Col. E. L. Weeks (US Army); and her first son, US Army Infantry 2nd Lt. James Leland Weeks, killed in combat, Korean DMZ, July 1968, age 21; her parents, Addie Louise Babbage Polk and William Goddard Polk; her brother, William Goddard Polk, Jr.; her niece Penelope Polk Beuthe; and her grand-nephew, Scott Carlson Polk. Mrs. Weeks is survived by daughter, Louise Weeks Thorndike and her husband, Alan S. Thorndike, of Oxford, MD, Deborah McLure Weeks Dust and her husband, Mark W. Dust, of Severna Park, MD; John Davis Weeks, of Plantation, FL; and William Polk Weeks and his wife Alisa Adler Weeks, of Knoxville. Her surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Megan Stewart Thorndike, Ashley Polk Thorndike-Youssef, and her husband, Karim M. Youssef, and their son, Laeth Clayton Thorndike Youssef, John Karl Leland Thorndike and his wife Kathryn Price Thorndike, and their children Stewart James Thorndike and Lua Louise Thorndike, Matthew Haiden Weeks and his wife Kimberly Murphy Weeks, Virginia Lauren Weeks Havlovic and her husband Nicholas Havlovic, and their children Ethan J.D. Havlovic and Elliott Jaelynn Havlovic, Aleta Jeannine Dust; Katrina Lynne Dust, Alexandra Nicole Weeks and Megan Suzette Weeks. Mrs. Weeks is survived by her sister-in-law, Susan Harold Polk; her nephew, Robert Harold Polk, and his wife Lucie Carlson Polk, and their daughter Molly Polk and her husband Peter Low, and their children Oscar, Caleb, and Adele; and grand-niece Paige Buethe Galfano and her husband Tom Galfano, and their children Nick, Stephanie, and Kate. The Weeks Family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Tennova Residential Hospice for their exemplary clinical care and genuine compassion for Mildred in her final days. A memorial service to celebrate Mildred's life and honor her passing will be held at Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville, on Sunday, Aug 3, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Mrs. Weeks' estate has requested that donations be sent in her name to Church Street United Methodist Church, PO Box 1303, Knoxville, TN 37901, for ministry to professional women."O Grave, where is thy victory? O Death, where is thy sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55). Online condolences may be extended at Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel
6200 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 588-8578
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014
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