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Obituary

MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN

PAID OBITUARY

MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN

Mildred

Milby

Smith

Schlien

, 99, of

Spokane

Valley

and a former

Sunnyside

resident died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007.

She was born Feb. 2, 1908, in

Moriarty

,

Territory

of

New Mexico

to Arthur and

Effie

(Fisher)

Milby

. She was raised in Milton, Ore. until the age of 14. She attended four different high schools, graduating with honors from Broadway High School in Seattle in 1925. She graduated as salutatorian from Spokane University in 1930.

Mildred taught at

Ewan

High School from 1920 to 1933 in a loving farming community. There she directed three operettas and a girls’ glee choral group. From 1933 to 1954, she taught English, music, glee club, and directed the spring operetta at

Sunnyside

High School. She taught private piano lessons from 1930 to 1968.

In 1934, she married Lloyd F. Smith, who was very active in

Sunnyside

. He served as mayor for the last 10 years of his life, ending in 1965.

Millie married Chester K.

Schlien

of

Mabton

in 1968.

The

Schliens

spent many winters in Arizona, enjoying their travels to other parts of the U.S., as they journeyed south in the fall and north in the spring. They returned permanently to the northwest in 1987.

Chett

passed away in 1990.

Mildred joined the Episcopal Church in 1934. She was the organist and the choir director at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for 33 years, and as recognition for her music ministry, she received the Bishop’s Cross from the Diocese of Spokane. She later affiliated with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mesa, Ariz., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Yakima and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane.

She was a charter member of Chapter Ex

Sunnyside

and an active member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association.

She is survived by her family,

Vergie

Ellen Smith

Lougheed

of

Milwaukie

, Ore., Roberta Smith (John R.)

Sahr

of

Veradale

, Thomas (Mary Ellen) Smith of Spokane,

Nayda

Schlien

(Greg)

Littlefield

of Moses Lake, and

Marlys

Schlien

(Kirk) Williams of

Richland

. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; a daughter, Carolyn

Schlien

Quantriller

; two brothers, Harold and Cranston

Milby

; and one sister, Florence

Groshong

.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Mrs.

Schlien’s

name to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, a P.E.O. Chapter of your choice, or any music program of a community, college or university.

Services will be held Saturday, March 3, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in

Sunnyside

. A private family

inurnment

will follow at a later date.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Hospice for the gentle care that Millie received in her last days, especially Kim, Cathy, Paula, David,

Susie+

and

Alysha

.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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