Beloved mother, grandmother, and friend to many, Mildred Loraine Townsend, 89, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas surrounded by her family.
Services will be conducted at 10am Monday, March 20, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery. The Rev. George Sutton, The Rev. Robert Herzig, and The Rev. Kim Long will officiate. The family will receive visitors 6-8pm Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Rosser Funeral Home.
Mildred was born on Dec. 6, 1927 in Marietta, Oklahoma, to Essie Faye (Kirksey) and Jesse Hamilton Holloway. She married the love of her life, Bill Townsend, on Dec. 8, 1946.
Mildred retired from the Social Security Administration office in 1987 where she was a service representative. After retiring Mildred went to work for the First United Methodist Church as an administrative assistant and retired from there in 2015.
Mildred played piano and sang weekly at five retirement and nursing facilities in Cleburne for the last two years. Mildred was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church and Choir and will be dearly missed.
Mildred was honored many times in her life including being the first woman inducted into the Cleburne Chapter of the Kiwanis in 1987, the Kiwanis Lay Person of the Year in 1989, the Morris D. Walker Lay Person of the year in 1998, the FUMC Cleburne Lay Person of the Year in 2005, the Cleburne Christian Business Club Honoree in 2009, recipient of the Athena Award from the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce in 2010, and recipient of the Caring for Others Award by the Woodmen of the World in 2014.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Townsend; sister, Kay Childress; and brother, Richard Holloway. She is survived by her sister, Lou Ladd and husband, John, of Granbury; sons, Barry Townsend and wife, Susan, and Michael Townsend and wife, Nora, all of Cleburne; daughter, Melissa Townsend and partner, Laura Baker, of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Billy Townsend and wife, Bri, Paul Roberts and wife, Jennifer, Chris Roberts and wife, Natalie; great-grandchildren, Brody Townsend, Brandon Roberts, Lindsey Roberts, Austin Roberts, Kayley Roberts, Landrie Roberts, Lauren Shaw, Jacob, Jonathan, Andrew, and Reid Dickson; great-great-grandchildren, Averi Roberts, Tanner and Caleb Shaw; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund at 1300 W. Westhill Drive, Cleburne, Texas 76033.
Published on March 17, 2017