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 Mildred Virginia “Millie” <I>Goff</I> Grow

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Mildred Virginia “Millie” Goff Grow

Birth
Harrisburg, Poinsett County, Arkansas, USA
Death
29 Dec 2011 (aged 82)
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot
Garden of Nativity
Memorial ID
92300225 View Source

Mildred Virginia Goff was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas to parents James Frederick and Maggie Mae Goff on October 6, 1929. She was one of nine siblings. Mildred and her family first came out to Oregon in 1944 and moved several times back and forth between Oregon and Arkansas. She graduated from Newberg Union High School, Newberg, Oregon in 1949.

Mildred exchanged wedding vows with Gene P. Grow in Portland, Oregon on August 5, 1950. In 1951, their first son David was born. In June of 1958, their second child Robert was born, and before the end of the year, the new family moved from Oregon to Sunnyvale, California to start a new chapter in their lives. In 1969, the family moved to Santa Clara, California. In 1971, Mildred and Gene were divorced. Mildred later moved to Vacaville, California; she worked as an Air Force Civil Servant at Travis Air Force Base in nearby Fairfield, California. Mildred attended Solano Community College and received an associate's degree in Business Administration in 1982.

In her working life, Mildred spent 22 years working in Federal Civil Service (Air Force) as an Accountant and Comptroller, starting as an accounting clerk in the San Francisco Bay Area, and rising to become the Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer at Travis Air Force Base, from which she retired in 1988. Mildred also ran her own tax accounting business. She also worked for Sears in the customer service & billing department. There was a period in her life where Mildred was doing all three jobs at the same time! - A testament to the driven and dedicated business person she was.

In September of 2001, Mildred returned to Salem, Oregon. She was an active and valued member of the Market Street Church of Christ in Salem. Church members always looked forward to Mildred's cookies, breads, and fudge that she made over the years. She was the 'cookie lady' to many of the children (and adults) of the church. She also made blankets for newborns and embroidered dishtowels for newlyweds. Mildred also visited church members at home when they were ill, and was one who sent out cards or called absentee church members to tell them that they were missed, and express warmth and sympathy.

Mildred will be celebrated as a wonderful woman who would help anyone in need. She was tough, hard working, and fiercely independent. Mildred would make her mind up to do something and follow through to make her vision a reality. She will be remembered by some as a person who, at times, was unwavering in opinion and position about certain things that she had her mind made up about. She really was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

She is predeceased by her parents; her son Robert; her brothers Leroy and Cornelius; and her sisters Betty and Polly. Survivors include her siblings James, Winnie, Grace, and Peggy; son David; grandchildren James David, Christopher, Jason, and April; and great grandchildren James Michael, Jeremy, Natalie, Adam, and Charles.

A Celebration of Mildred's life will take place at the home of Jan and Richard Rothweiler, 368 Lori Avenue, Salem, Oregon at 6 pm, Friday, January 6th.

She will privately laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens

Source: Dignity Memorial

Mildred Virginia Goff was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas to parents James Frederick and Maggie Mae Goff on October 6, 1929. She was one of nine siblings. Mildred and her family first came out to Oregon in 1944 and moved several times back and forth between Oregon and Arkansas. She graduated from Newberg Union High School, Newberg, Oregon in 1949.

Mildred exchanged wedding vows with Gene P. Grow in Portland, Oregon on August 5, 1950. In 1951, their first son David was born. In June of 1958, their second child Robert was born, and before the end of the year, the new family moved from Oregon to Sunnyvale, California to start a new chapter in their lives. In 1969, the family moved to Santa Clara, California. In 1971, Mildred and Gene were divorced. Mildred later moved to Vacaville, California; she worked as an Air Force Civil Servant at Travis Air Force Base in nearby Fairfield, California. Mildred attended Solano Community College and received an associate's degree in Business Administration in 1982.

In her working life, Mildred spent 22 years working in Federal Civil Service (Air Force) as an Accountant and Comptroller, starting as an accounting clerk in the San Francisco Bay Area, and rising to become the Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer at Travis Air Force Base, from which she retired in 1988. Mildred also ran her own tax accounting business. She also worked for Sears in the customer service & billing department. There was a period in her life where Mildred was doing all three jobs at the same time! - A testament to the driven and dedicated business person she was.

In September of 2001, Mildred returned to Salem, Oregon. She was an active and valued member of the Market Street Church of Christ in Salem. Church members always looked forward to Mildred's cookies, breads, and fudge that she made over the years. She was the 'cookie lady' to many of the children (and adults) of the church. She also made blankets for newborns and embroidered dishtowels for newlyweds. Mildred also visited church members at home when they were ill, and was one who sent out cards or called absentee church members to tell them that they were missed, and express warmth and sympathy.

Mildred will be celebrated as a wonderful woman who would help anyone in need. She was tough, hard working, and fiercely independent. Mildred would make her mind up to do something and follow through to make her vision a reality. She will be remembered by some as a person who, at times, was unwavering in opinion and position about certain things that she had her mind made up about. She really was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

She is predeceased by her parents; her son Robert; her brothers Leroy and Cornelius; and her sisters Betty and Polly. Survivors include her siblings James, Winnie, Grace, and Peggy; son David; grandchildren James David, Christopher, Jason, and April; and great grandchildren James Michael, Jeremy, Natalie, Adam, and Charles.

A Celebration of Mildred's life will take place at the home of Jan and Richard Rothweiler, 368 Lori Avenue, Salem, Oregon at 6 pm, Friday, January 6th.

She will privately laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens

Source: Dignity Memorial


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