Obituary: LAVENDER, MILDRED

Published: Thursday, July 24 2014 5:09 a.m. MDT

Mildred B. Lavender "MIM"

Mildred B. Lavender, age 93, passed away on January 13, 2011 in Bountiful, Utah. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph and Edna Blackham on April 2, 1917, one of four children. She was raised in a loving family and learned the value of hard work and family closeness, traits that she passed on to her posterity. Mildred graduated from West High School in 1934 and worked in civil service retiring from Hill Air Force Base after 20 years employment. Early in her life she developed a love of sports especially softball and participated as a member of a team that formed the League for Salt Lake Woman's recreational softball. She played for the Utah Shamrock Softball team which was a source of both great joy and pride for her. She enjoyed several years playing against teams from around the country including some men's teams. Mildred was an active member of the LDS Church and served as a teacher in Primary, Sunday School and Relief Society and as a stake and ward sports director for over 20 years. She served a mission in the Texas San Antonio mission and worked in the German extraction program. She was a part-time missionary at the Church Family History Center for over 30 years. She was also a proud member of the Rose Park Neighborhood Watch. Perhaps one of the least known of Mildred's many fine qualities was her great generosity. In her quiet unassuming way she helped many financially especially making it possible for an unknown number of young people to serve missions for the Church. She was always willing to contribute that others might be able to achieve goals or realize dreams. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Eugene Blackham and sister Lois Sanderson. Survived by sons Craig (Marilyn), Bruce (Sharlene) and daughter Marilyn Hancock (Lee), sister Dorothy Anderson, six grandchildren Shawn, Marcy, Greg, Kyle, Jennifer, Quinn and 12 wonderful great-grandchildren. She was so proud of her family and loved them very much. Mildred's family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Place, Lakeview Hospital, VistaCare Hospice and especially Dr. Joseph Jensen for the comfort and care they provided. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 17th at noon at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street in Bountiful, Utah where friends may call from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. prior to services. A viewing will also be held Sunday, January 16th from 6 - 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the general Missionary Fund of the Church or to Humanitarian Aid.