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Mildred Ginner Brown

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Mildred Ginner Brown

Redwood City - Mildred Durant was born in Oakland, California, on January 9, 1914. She was the daughter of Dwight Watrous Durant and Margaret Kennedy Durant. Mildred attended local schools, and in 1934 married Harry Lance Ginner. Harry's father Henry John Ginner had founded the popular Terminus Beach Resort in Three Rivers, having purchased the land from the Indians. Henry operated the Resort from 1912 through 1928.

Mildred and Harry Ginner moved to Lemon Cove in 1944, where they reopened and began to operate the Terminus Beach Resort. In 1959 they moved to Visalia when the state of California acquired their property and a number of other properties in Lemon Cove in order to build the Terminus Dam project.

Harry worked for the Employment Development Department until his death in 1973. Mildred worked at the Visalia Chamber of Commerce for many years until she retired in 1977. Both Mildred and Harry were active in the Three Rivers Community Theater for many years. Harry was often the director of a play, and Mildred was occasionally an actress, and at times was the stage manager and responsible for arranging the set decorations.

Mildred and Harry loved to travel, often with friends. Mildred was a frequent bridge instructor and Harry was active in the Lemon Cove chapter of the Lions Club. Mildred also became a devoted horsewoman and spent many happy days riding her favorite horse Diablo.

Mildred played first violin for the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra for many years. There she met William (Bill) Brown who played first trumpet in the Orchestra. Both Mildred and Bill continued to play in several Orchestras until they retired from the Orchestras in the late 1980's.

Mildred and Bill Brown were married in 1974 and she became a stepmother to the Brown kids. She played a huge role in the growth and development of the younger Brown kids. She became a Mom, mentor and role model.

Bill Brown died in 2004 after a long illness. Mildred continued to live in Visalia, including a number of years at Quail Park, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 to be near her family. She continued to teach bridge, participated in activities at the Redwood City Brookdale facility where she lived. Mildred died at the age of 104 after a brief illness.

Mildred was truly a woman's woman. She was independent, direct, and believed one could accomplish whatever they set their mind to do. She faced challenges with her head held high and a fierce determination to live life on her own terms and in her own way. She had a genuine love of family, music, the arts, nature, and adventure.

Mildred is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Wanda Ginner of Portola Valley, and by her grandchildren Eric Ginner, and Greg and Debby Ginner, all of whom live in the Bay Area, and by her great-grandson Garrett Ginner who lives in Los Angeles. Mildred is also survived by her step-children Bill Jr. and Marilyn Brown, Rob and Sue Brown, Nancy Brown Shelton and her husband Donn, John and Kim Brown, Barbara Brown Fendrick, numerous step-grandchildren, and close friend Lana Brown.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Vitas hospice staff for the excellent care they provided and their kindness and compassion.
Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on July 14, 2018
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