CARDINGTON — Mildred L. Bowers Stone, 91, of Cardington, passed away Sunday morning, April 1, 2012, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center, surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness.
On Jan. 3, 1921, Mildred was born in Union County, Ohio, one of three daughters of the late Arthur and Marie (Smith) Bowers. She grew up in Richwood, always roller skating to get from here to there, and learning to drive by the time she was 11. Leaving school early to get married and start a family, Mildred lost her first husband, Donald E. Bowers, in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II on Jan. 21, 1945. Together they had one daughter, Norma, and one son, Donald.
In 1946, Mildred moved to a farm in Morrow County, marrying Bruce Jordan, with whom she had seven children, three sons and fur daughters. He too preceded her in death.
Always hard at work, Mildred some how made time to raise her children, work in a factory, and help on the family farm. She had worked as a coil winder at North Electric in Mount Gilead and Galion, and worked as a supervisor at Essex Wire in Lexington. Lastly, she worked at Glass Garden Greenhouse for over 20 years, retiring when she was 88 because of her health.
A woman of deep faith, Mildred was a member of the Stiving Road Free Will Baptist Church in Mansfield. Recently though, she had been attending the Chesterville United Methodist Church, where she had been active with the United Methodist Women. She had also volunteered to help with the Shoe Box Ministry with the Chester Baptist Church for many years.
Having a green thumb, Mildred always kept a vegetable garden the size of a truck patch, and canning her crop every year.
With over 120 in her immediate family, Mildred almost always could be found with needle and thread, crocheting quilts, hats, scarves, sweaters and anything else she thought her family needed. She always wanted to make sure to make something special for everyone in her family, even making nine quilts one year, one for each of her children.
Cherishing every moment spent with her family, Mildred especially enjoyed sharing the holidays with them. Every year she looked forward to their special Christmas gatherings, making cookies for everyone the day before Christmas and even having to rent a lodge on Christmas Day because her family is much too big for just a house. They also cherished nearly every Sunday together, when she would cook make them a special Sunday dinner.
With a love for the outdoors, Mildred even enjoyed fishing at the pond at her home with her husband and grandchildren.
Getting a third chance at love, Mildred married Raymond E. Stone, on June 28, 1963. Together they lovingly shared over 40 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2003.
She will be dearly missed by her seven children, Norma (Wilbert) Oler of Columbus, Anna (Benton) Mahan of Cardington, Emma (Butch) Chipps of Chesterville, Bruce “Pete” (Judy) Jordan of Cardington, Robin (David) Lester of Edison, Vern (Tanya) Jordan of Marengo and Vicki (Jeff) Sargent of Fredericktown; two daughters-in-law, Judith Bowers of Cardington and Deborah Jordan of Chesterville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her husbands and parents, Mildred was preceded in death by two sons, Donald Bowers and Alfred Jordan; three grandchildren, Vern Jordan, Jodi and Julie Chipps; and two sisters, Helen Poling and Vera LaFever.
Her family will greet friends today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will also be held there on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jeannie Winters officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chesterville United Methodist Women and the Morrow Manor Nursing Center, c/o Activity Fund, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
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