Wednesday, February 28, 2007
MILDRED MILBY SMITH SCHLIEN
and a former
resident died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007.
She was born Feb. 2, 1908, in
to Arthur and
. 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
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
High School. She taught private piano lessons from 1930 to 1968.
In 1934, she married Lloyd F. Smith, who was very active in
. He served as mayor for the last 10 years of his
life, ending in 1965.
Millie married Chester K.
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
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
and an active member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association.
She is survived by her family,
Ore., Roberta Smith (John R.)
, Thomas (Mary Ellen) Smith of Spokane,
of Moses Lake, and
(Kirk) Williams of
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; a daughter, Carolyn
brothers, Harold and Cranston
; and one sister,
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Mrs.
name to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, a
P.E.O. Chapter of your choice, or any music program of a community, college or
Services will be held Saturday, March 3, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity
Episcopal Church in
. A private family
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,
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.