Mildred M. Supplee of Freedom Village Mildred M. Supplee, presently of Freedom Village, West Brandywine and formerly of Lionville and Upper Uwchlan Township, passed away in the presence of her children and loved ones on Saturday, July 27, 2013. She was 100, having celebrated her birthday on April 15. Born in Chester Springs, she was the daughter and oldest child of H. Raymond and Mary Vail McBride. She lived her entire life in central Chester County, having lived in Chester Springs until the age of five when she moved with her family to Byers and lived there until her marriage. She attended the one-room Windsor School in Upper Uwchlan Township for eight years and then West Chester High School, graduating in 1931. She studied nursing at Chester County Hospital, and after her family was raised she was charge nurse at the former Huffman Nursing Home in Whitford. After a five-year courtship she married her beloved late husband, S. Warren Supplee, and the couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2008, prior to Warren's passing. Upon her marriage she moved with Warren to his family farm where they farmed the two farm properties collectively known today as Happy Days Farm. In 1994 they moved with son Walter from the farm property in Lionville to a home in Upper Uwchlan Township where they lived until moving to Freedom Village. Mildred was very active in church work, being a member of Windsor Baptist Church in Eagle for 85 years. She presently was the oldest living member. She served as church clerk for 50 years, served as a trustee, was active and held positions in the mission society, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and helped organize and advise the Christian Endeavor youth program at the church. She helped serve church suppers and weddings. She was also involved in the Central Union Association of the American Baptist convention and held positions there. Mildred was christened a Lutheran and attended St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Chester Springs, attending there with her family prior to joining Windsor. She presently was an associate member there and attended services there as well as Windsor through her hundred years. Besides helping on the family farm and raising her family, she made the family's clothes, bedding, and enjoyed doing handwork. She was an excellent cook and people loved to come for a meal. She entertained many family, church and school groups. She enjoyed reading until her eyesight failed. She was a devoted daughter and provided care for her parents as well as her husband's parents and brother. She was a member of many farm organizations with her husband, West Chester Home Cluster, and attended many Patriotic Order Sons of America functions, of which her father held many state, local and national offices. She is survived by her four children, Carolyn S. Miller of Chester Springs, Samuel W. Supplee III and wife, Janet, of Peach Bottom, southern Lancaster County, M. Esther Popjoy and her husband, Charles, of Glenmoore, and R. Walter Supplee of Freedom Village, West Brandywine, who lived with his parents his entire life and was their caregiver; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her adored dog 'King.' Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her three younger brothers and their wives, N. Albert and wife Kay of Glenmoore, H. Raymond and wife Alice, of Milan, Pa., Frank P. and wife Mary of Fort Worth, Texas. Mildred lived longer than any of her ancestors known. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1239 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425. Friends may call from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the church; or at the Founds Funeral Home, 229 South High Street, West Chester, 610-696-0134, on Friday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Interment will be held in Windsor Baptist Church Cemetery in Eagle. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church at the above mentioned address. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.foundsfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Local from Jul. 29 to Aug. 1, 2013.