Mildred Garner, 97, of Wellfleet passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the North Platte Care Center.
Mildred was born, May 29, 1921 to Charles and Addie Embrey at Arthur. She grew up in the Arthur and Maywood area and graduated from Maywood High School.
On Nov. 30, 1943, Mildred married Robert “Bob” Garner. They made their home in Wellfleet and together had three children, Jim, Barbara and Shirley.
Mildred later became a loving grandmother to numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
Those who knew her loved her for her spunky personality, jovial laugh, and selfless spirit. She was an excellent seamstress, embroiderer, upholsterer, baker and gardener, but her true love was serving others.
When she was younger, she sent baked goods and sandwiches to the Canteen for soldiers who passed through North Platte on their way to war; she later baked professional wedding cakes for couples all over the state, designed and sewed gorgeous wedding gowns, mended clothes for neighbors, grew vegetables to give away to local shelters, and volunteered for numerous charities through her church and community. Her heart was happiest when she was giving to others.
In her spare time Mildred embroidered and made heirloom quilts. Though it was a hobby for her, she turned out nothing less than perfection. Her quilts would bring home first-prize ribbons at the local and state fairs while her embroidery was thought by all to be priceless pieces of art.
Mildred will always be remembered for her many talents, loving heart and selfless soul. Her children will remember her as a devoted wife and mother while her grandchildren will remember her for her contagious laugh and sassy self.
She is survived by her children, Jim (Yvonne) Garner of Kearney, Barbara (Jim) Keller of North Platte and Shirley Woodruff of Brunswick, Ga.; all her many grandchildren; and other family members.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Charles and Addie Embrey; and six sisters and two brothers.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial service will be on Monday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements, with Pastor Mark Baldwin officiating. Inurnment will be in the Wellfleet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please prayerfully consider donating to the North Platte Parks Department to plant trees. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or prior to the service at the funeral home.