|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 2002|
Annie Mildred Smith was the youngest daughter of John Hardy Smith and Addie Kirk Phears. The family lived in the Scott's Ridge area which is on the west side of Lake Conroe.
Mildred met and married Bryan Milton DuBose. From most accounts, it was love at first sight. Mildred and Bryan stayed truly devoted to each other until death. It was a marriage that most women dream of. He never forgot to get her flowers for her birthday or their anniversary. She toiled beside him (uncomplaining) in whatever endeavor that he undertook, whether it was raising gardens, raising livestock, or raising children.
Bryan and Mildred had 3 daughters and 1 son, Addie Mae, Linda Sue, Lena Pauline, and Bryan Milton Jr.
Mildred went to work for the Montgomery School District as a cafeteria worker (then cafeteria manager for the Elementary) and a bus driver. Most kids remember Mrs. DuBose who drove bus 8, ironically enough through the Scott's Ridge area and west of Lake Conroe on FM 1097, and who took the lunch money at the elementary. She also worked the gate selling tickets at the school sporting events.
Bryan and Mildred raised cattle, hogs, and chickens on their 10 acres north of Montgomery. They also raised large gardens so that they could share food with the community. Mildred canned hundreds, if not thousands, of jars of vegetables every year.
She was famous for her chicken and dumplings, which she rolled out with an old wine bottle on a piece of wood that was so smooth, you would've thought it was glass. The family story is that the wood came from a large tree that she had made into her rolling board. Mildred had no recipes to speak of, except for the ones in her head. I'm still amazed at how she measured things out in her hand. She never let anyone leave her table hungry. A family of 10 could show up unexpected at dinner time and every one would leave her table thinking they'd just had the best meal ever, but not sure where the food came from. She was the only one I knew who could serve spaghetti and pinto beans and you'd think that she'd served a gourmet meal.
Bryan and Mildred were truly amazing people, simple country folk, but two people that I pattern my life after every day. I miss them both very, very, very much. She went home to be with my grandfather on April 29, 2002 after a brief fight with colon cancer. Knowing them two, they've got a place set at that big table in the sky, waiting for the rest of us to show up for dinner.
John Hardy Smith (1888 - 1980)
Addie Kirk Phears Smith (1889 - 1966)
Addie Mae DuBose Buttercase (1944 - 2010)*
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Created by: Sally Gregory
Record added: Nov 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31347199