1919 - February 23, 2008
Mildred Irene Herring was born April 29, 1919, in Pana, Ill. She died Feb. 23, 2008, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Mildred had lived the past couple of years at the Jewell Care Center, the Rainbow Living Center and assisted care centers in Craig until she was moved to the Sandrock Ridge Nursing Home in Craig in June 2007 due to failing health.
Mildred was the daughter of Zimiri Francis Smith and Martha Anne Walden King. She had three brothers, Edward Earl, Samuel Chester and Francis Glen, and one sister, Beatrice Fern. They all preceded her in death.
Mildred was reared and schooled in Pana, Ill. She met her husband, Woodson Herring, Sr., who was working at a tailoring and dry cleaning shop in Pana, Ill. After a courtship, Mildred came out west to Craig, where Woodson owned a home, and they were married the day after she arrived, on Sept. 3, 1933. They lived there continuously except for Woodson's time spent in the military.
Woodson had two previous sons, Robert L. and Woodson Jr., who were ages 2 and 4 when his first wife died and ages 8 and 10 when Mildred became their stepmother. After raising Robert and Woodson Jr., on Dec. 29, 1943, Mildred and Woodson had a daughter, Mary Louise. In October 1946, they established the Wardrobe Cleaners and Tailoring Shop, from which Woody retired in 1971. Mildred worked with Woodson for a time and then as a secretary with Sid Pleasants' law office until she retired in 1975. She was very good at shorthand as well as being quite the seamstress.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Wives of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and later the Cowbelles. She attended church regularly at the First Baptist Church for many years until her health declined.
Mildred will be remembered as a fun lady. She enjoyed camping up in the mountains and could tell you the names of flowers and what was poisonous and what was edible. Some time during her 50s, Mildred enjoyed a whitewater raft trip through the Yampa canyon. She very much enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge with her husband and her many friends. She loved cats and always seemed to have one. She was quick-witted and knew a saying, rhyme, poem or song for any occasion. It was always "Have a 'snappy' New Year" or "Nothing but blue skies."
Mildred loved her small home at 648 School St. and enjoyed working in her yard and garden. She loved to entertain guests and neighbors and to visit others in their homes. Her travels took her to Hawaii, San Francisco, Toronto, New York City, Tampa Bay and many times back to Illinois to visit family. Two of her favorite places in Moffat County were Brown's Park and the Gates of Lodore.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband in 1979 and her two stepsons. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Louise (Bodo) Eichler, of California; grandsons, Jeffrey Woodson, Robin Douglas (Laurie) Herring, of Craig, and Scott Allen (Vianey) Herring, of Arvada; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews back east.
Funeral services took place Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Craig with Leonard Browning officiating. Randy Kline sang "Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset," accompanied by Julia Foster. Pallbearers were Jim Covalt, Doug Wellman, Bill Lawrence, Pete Pleasant, Neil McCandless and Howard Salman.
Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery.