Devoted mother, loving wife, much loved grandmother Mildred Catherine Eaker, 91, died on June 24, 2014 in Dallas Texas after six days of illness. She was a friend to all she met with amazing graciousness and hospitality. To her grandchildren and others she was “Gramer” always there with a warm smile, a story to tell, and cards to play.
Mildred was born on March 27, 1923 in Clinton, MO to Robert and Lecine Staples. She graduated from Clinton HS in 1941. In 1943 she married the love of her life Dr. Charles M. Eaker, who preceded her in death in 2008 after 65 years of marriage.
Mildred lived her life in service to others. Wherever she lived she volunteered her time to help others. She served the church for many years as a Sunday School leader for children and youth, as well as a leader of women’s groups. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Farmer’s Branch, TX. She was a census taker for 5 censuses starting in 1960 in West Virginia and ending in Ohio in 2000.
Mildred grew up in Clinton, MO but after her marriage she willingly moved with her husband’s job reassignments to Silver Springs, MD (University of Maryland), St. Louis, MO, St. Albans, WV, Akron, OH, Put-In-Bay, OH and Dallas, TX. She and her husband Charley spent their retirement years on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, where Mildred entertained their constant stream of company. They were members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and greatly enjoyed island life and the many friendships they formed.
Mildred is survived by her son, Charles W. (Mary) Eaker, her daughters, Judy (John) Maguire and Jane (Rob) Ensor, her brother, Harry Thomas (Evelyn) Staples, 4 granddaughters, 7 great grandsons, 1 great granddaughter, 6 nephews and 4 nieces.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Lecine Staples, her husband, Charles, and two brothers, Robert Staples, Jr. and Richard Staples.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mildred Eaker will be held at 7:00 pm Sunday, August 3rd at Christ United Methodist Church, Farmers Branch, TX. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church (2807 Valwood Pkwy, Farmers Branch, TX 75234) or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (P.O.Box 248, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456).
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