Mendella Selma Miller White
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Mendella Selma Miller White, age 93, passed away on January 21, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born on March 7, 1919 in Portland Oregon to Dr. Solomon Miller and Violet Miller. Mendella graduated from Munson Business College in San Francisco. She met the love of her life Floyd Banks White in San Francisco and they were married on August 20, 1944. She and Floyd and their children traveled extensively in the United States and overseas as a result of his job. In all her travels she never met anyone she did not like and could obtain their life story in English, French, Spanish, Ger-man, Italian, Serbo Croatian, and Afrikaans sometimes all in the same conversation. She was an award winning piano teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana for over 40 years. She was for many years a member of the National Music Teacher Association and the Louisiana Music Teacher Association.
In the early 60's she wrote editorials and a column, "The Hurricane Eye" for a local bi-weekly paper "The Southern Breeze" in Shreveport Louisiana. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church in Shreveport serving as President, Women of the Church; Chairman World Day of Prayer; Vice President United Church Women; and a Daughter of the King. She also served as secretary of the Southern Hills Civic Club.
In a hiatus from her international travels, she lived in Houston and worked in the Mayor's office as Secretary to the Director of Community Development and Secretary in Policy Planning. She was preceded in death by her son Kenneth Banks White, her parents, her husband Floyd Banks White, her second husband Charles Gene Yarbrough and her dear friend Manny Lavay.
She is survived by her children, Stephanie Ivy and husband Darwyn, Patricia Young and husband Randel, Steven White and wife Carol; grandchildren, Laura and David Grimes, Brian and Shannon Young; step-grandchildren, Dave and Dale Ivy, Julie Chapman; and great-grandson Josh.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM on Monday January 28, 2013 at Holly Hall, 2000 Holly Hall St.
The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Holly Hall for making our mother happy during her time there. We also want to thank Advantage Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holly Hall or Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church.
Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home 713-667-6505
Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 25, 2013