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Obit: Mildred Farrar Stephens Elam
Posted by: Wayne (ID *****5238) Date: May 02, 2011 at 06:29:04
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Mildred Farrar Stephens "Granny Mildred" Elam, 79, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Born Sept. 2, 1931, in Smithville, she was a daughter of Raymond and Carria Watts Farrar.

Granny was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1949, where she was a basketball cheerleader. She worked at Monroe Trousers before becoming a homemaker and operating a child care business. Faithful and having a strong love for the Lord, Granny was a lifelong member of Smithville Baptist Church where she was a member of the Ruth Whitehead Sunday school class. Generous and compassionate, she kept and fed numerous children when they got off the school bus. Her faith, family and friends guided her life. Granny was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren. Dedicated to serving others, especially older folks, she faithfully visited the nursing home with her Young at Heart group. She made people's day when one of her cards arrived in the mail on special days, occasions and sharing memories and condolences. Granny's enjoyment centered around helping others, and she always looked forward to cooking and having the family over on holidays.

A celebration of life service was held at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with burial in Young Memorial Garden.

Survivors included her daughters, Bridget (Dannie) Lee and Karen (Lee) Knight of Smithville; sons, Terry (Alisa) Stephens and Tim Stephens of Smithville; grandchildren, Kerri (Stephen) Hathcock of Amory, Kassi Lee of Clinton, Wesley (Elizabeth) Stephens of Tupelo, Zara Duke, Justin Knight, Kasha Stephens, Kyle Stephens and Kara Stephens, all of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Riley Beth and Seth Stephens, Pearson and Addison Duke and Jack Hathcock.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Carol Stephens; and a brother, Elbert Pete Farrar.

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