first_imgMildred ChitwoodMildred L. Chitwood, 95, former Conway Springs resident, died Friday, November 28, 2014 in Clearwater.She was born July 25, 1919 at Pocahontas, Arkansas the middle child of seven children, to George Timmis and Mary Nettie (Evans) Timmis.Mildred attended Free School in Maynard, Arkansas until the spring of 1929 when the family moved to Wellington. She attended Wellington public schools where she excelled in music education. Mildred joined the first Christian Church in Wellington at age 11. She received Christian education in Bible study at the church once a week after school. The family later transferred their membership to the Church of Christ where Mildred enjoyed fellowship during her teenage years. She graduated from Wellington High School with the class of 1939.Mildred was united in marriage to George Fredrick Chitwood on February 4, 1940 at Wellington.  They made their home 3 miles East and ¼ South of Conway Springs following their marriage. Fred was engaged in farming with his father and for Mildred, it was the typical life on the farm. Mildred and Fred were blessed with three children: daughter Linda Kathleen, sons: John Frederick and David George.  The family later moved to the Chitwood family farm 4 miles East of Conway Springs in 1957.While Mildred enjoyed the cooking, canning of a farmwife she prompted the children in their music lessons and enjoyed church work and the small country club known as the “Sunflower Club.” She joined Dorcas Chapter # 157 Order of the Eastern Star in Conway Springs in 1949 and received her 50 year membership pin in 1999 when the chapter merged with Ninnescah Chapter in Clearwater. She received her 60 year membership in the order in 2009 after 45 years of active service in the order. Her gift of writing poetry was a help in creating programs with the chapter.Mildred began working part-time and enjoyed cooking for Spring View Manor for 14 years.  She worked at the Conway Springs City Library for 12 years and served as the city librarian. It was during this time, the library joined the South-Central Library System and the library grew to serve the public in many more ways. With the help of the city, state, and an agreeable library board, the library was able to add books to the shelves and start the reading programs that were desired. Mildred retired from the library in 1991.  Fred died July 25, 1993.  Mildred later moved into town and lived in Conway Springs for 14 years before moving to Clearwater in 2007.Mildred was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs and active in Presbyterian Women for many years.She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Eric, Curtis and William Timmis; three sisters: Vivian Church, Hazel Bacon and Thelma Loop.Mildred is survived by two sons: John Chitwood and wife Peggy of Conway Springs; David Chitwood and wife Lynnetta of Arkansas City; one daughter Linda Rohling and husband Duane of Wichita; 2 grandchildren:  Shannon Schinkus and husband David and Kelly Chitwood; 3 step-grandchildren: Debbie Davis and husband Chad, Esther Deatrick and husband Brent, Edna Pauly and husband Marcus; 14 step-great grandchildren, 1 step-great great grandson and a number of other relatives and friends.Visitation hours are 9-8 Monday, December 1, 2014 with family present from 6-7 at Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs.Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from the First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs.  Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. On line condolences and guest book are available www.ebersolemortuary.comA memorial has been established with the First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs, KS.last_img

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