|Birth: ||May 3, 1926|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 2012|
Mildred Mary Grohman Smith was born near Rockne, Texas on May 3, 1926, the daughter of Clara and Adolph Grohman and sister of Clarence, Michael (Mitchell) and Carl Bennett Grohman. She went to heaven on Thursday, December 27, 2012. Mildred spent her life in faithful service to God, her husband, her four children, their extended family and many friends. Mildred graduated from Bastrop High School and moved to Austin to work for the State of Texas Highway Department where she met W. Harvey Smith, the love of her life. After they were married in 1946 they made their first home together in Austin before following Harvey's job to Wyoming, New Mexico and then El Paso, eventually coming back to Austin and making it their home.
In 1977 they moved to the Texas Hill Country where they were active members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls. Mildred loved her fellow parishioners and viewed them as extended family - she joyfully served her Church as a lay reader, a Eucharistic Minister and in many other ways.
Mildred was a strict water conservationist, devoted recycler and friend to the environment many years before those became popular. She was an avid gardener and had such a green thumb that Harvey would say she could put a stick in the ground and it would grow! She loved wildflowers and hummingbirds and spent many hours making red sugar water to feed those who were lucky enough to find themselves in her backyard.
Mildred and Harvey celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in May 2012. The loving couple moved back to Austin in July 2012 to be nearer to their family. Mildred was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly thereafter. Her family was blessed to be with her for the precious final months of her life. Preceding her in death were her parents and three brothers.
Mildred is survived by her devoted husband W. Harvey Smith, and her family she loved so dearly: daughter Jean and husband Jimmie Plentl; daughter Glenda Flanagan; daughter Sandi and husband Ollie Crinkelmeyer; son Danny and wife Lisa Smith; grandchildren Jennifer and her husband David Koenig, Neely and her husband Carl Meyers, Nicole and her husband Matt Johnson; Whitney Davis and her father Lodney C. Davis, Clint Flanagan and Mollie Flanagan and their father Lloyd Flanagan; and seven great-grandchildren, Randy, Bradley, Kelly, Austin, Mia, Livi and Madi, as well as a large and wonderful extended family.
The family wishes to extend love and gratitude to the many close friends and family of Mildred and Harvey as well as to the staff and caretakers from Home Care Assistance and from Hospice Austin.
The services are as follows:
Visitation on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 3 pm followed by Rosary Service at 4:30 pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar Blvd, Austin Texas.
Funeral Mass on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10 am followed by a light lunch at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
105 FM 1431 Marble Falls, Texas.
Graveside Services will follow at 2pm at Forest Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas.
(Cook-Walden Funeral Home)
W. Harvey Smith (1924 - 2013)*
Cook Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park
Created by: Buen Retiro
Record added: Jan 06, 2013
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