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Mildred Mellowbug Smith

Shirley Cemetery

Mildred Mellowbug Smith
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
April 27, 2012
Submitted by: Sabrina Hitchcock

Funeral services for Mildred Mellowbug Smith were held Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m., at Reed-Culver Funeral Home with Pastor Jess French officiating. Interment followed at Bill Batt Cemetery at Rocky Ford Community. Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 25, from noon until 8 p.m., at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.

Mildred Mellowbug-Smith was born on Oct. 27, 1934, in Claremore, the daughter of Hickey and Annie (Christie) Scott. Mildred attended and graduated from Cave Springs High School. She attended college and obtained her bachelor's in behavioral science through work and determination.

Mildred was a former employee of the Cherokee Nation. She dedicated over 20 years working as a CHR and WIC nutritionist. She loved people and helping them to live better lives through her job.

She was proud of her heritage and could read and write the Cherokee language, as well as devoting her time to teaching the language to future generations. When she wasn't working, she loved time in her garden growing flowers, fixing puzzles and playing bingo. Mildred liked watching Andy Griffith shows and doing bead work. The most important thing to Mildred was her family.

Her four daughters and nine grandchildren were the world to her. She loved spending the day together sharing a meal, and an afternoon of talking and sharing stories.

A Baptist by faith, Mildred was a faithful member of Johnson Pritchett Baptist Church.

The Lord called Mildred home from her labors on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Tulsa, with her family by her side. She was 77 years old. Mildred will be greatly missed by her many family, friends, and generations to come.

Mildred is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edna Bunch; brother, Edgar Scott; and three brothers that died in infancy.

Mildred is survived by her four loving daughters, Shirley Dawson and husband Rusty of Seminole, Treesa Vann and husband Don of Rocky Ford, Rosalena O'Field and husband Jeff of Rocky Ford, and Angela King and husband Tim of Rocky Ford. She leaves two brothers, George Scott and wife Janice of Rocky Mountain Community, and Richard Scott and wife Irene of Denver, Colo. Her sisters include Joanna Hester of Claremore, and half-sister, Reba Hignite.

Mildred's legacy lives on in her four grandsons, five granddaughters, three great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

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