Mildred Francile Callaway Phillips Thiesfeld
Mildred Francile Callaway Phillips Thiesfeld
Mildred Francile Callaway Phillips Thiesfeld, 94, went to sing in God's Heavenly Choir on Thursday, February 16, 2012 surrounded by loving family and her Pastor. Mildred was born on January 28, 1918 in Hollywood, Arkansas to parents, William A. Callaway and Ada Francis Callaway.
At the age of five her mother died and two years later her father married, Ethel Collins Sparks when Mildred was seven years old. She grew up in a family of nine children in a loving Christian home. Early on she realized that she was blessed with a wonderful gift from God and that was a beautiful clear soprano voice. She sang hymns and gospel songs all of her life in church choirs and most notably in the Phillips Cash Gospel Quartet which sang all over the country and had a weekly radio program for many years. They were in great demand to sing for funeral as well.
Mildred was an avid golfer and played into her eighties. She had a hole in one to her credit. She was a very competitive person and loved to play Amtrak and other domino games. She was very active in the Eastern Star and she eventually served as the Grand Worthy Matron for the state of Arkansas.
Mildred married Murphy H. Phillips in 1935. That marriage lasted until his death in 1990. In 1991 she married Harry W. Thiesfeld and that marriage ended with his death in 2004.
Mildred was a wonderful homemaker and loved to garden, sew and was a great cook. She never met a stranger and during her marriage to Harry she traveled to a great many places in the world such as China, Russia and much of Europe, Australia, Figi, Tahiti and Alaska.
She leaves behind to cherish her wonderful memory two daughters, Adah Short (Bob) of Bourne, TX and Gloria Coats (David) of Cherryvale, KS; four stepsons, Lee Thiesfeld (Estelle) of Australia, Lloyd Thiesfeld (Barbara) of Southfork, CO, Charles Thiesfeld (Jody) of Minnesota, Roger Thiesfeld (Robin) of Stafford, VA; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one brother, Bill Callaway of Arkadelphia, AR; one sister, Betty Callaway Regner of Harlingen, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service on Sunday, February 19, 2012, 2:00 PM at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, with a social gathering at the First Presbyterian Church in Harlingen following the service.
She will be buried in Arkadelphia, AR on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Luis Reynoso who took such good care of her for many years and the nurses and staff at Retama Manor Nursing home in Harlingen, who have taken care of her for the last four years. You are all angels in disguise
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Published by Valley Morning Star on Feb. 18, 2012.
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My Aunt Mildred was a funny, warm hearted, competitive and loving woman who will be missed by all. Ramona Enloe
February 18, 2012
One of the sweetest little ladies we ever had in our "Gloryland Gospel Singers" services on Sunday afternoons at Retama. We will miss her precious, smiling face and her uplifting comments about the singing. Heaven is a much richer place today because our Mildred is there. We love and miss you, Mildred.
Betty & Andrew Anderson
February 18, 2012
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