Mildred Smith Liberty, age 95, passed away Friday march 16, 2018 at Yakima, WA. from injuries she sustained in a fall.
Mother was born near Ainsworth, Nebraska on December 20, 1922 weighing in at 3 lbs to Paul and Mary Genung Homan. She grew up on a small self sustaining farm and with very hard work survived the depression and hard times. She always said “we had a wonderful happy life even through it was hard”. She remained optimistic throughout her life and made the most of every day.
In 1942 she married AC smith (Smitty) and they moved to Outlook in 1951 and operated a car dealership in Sunnyside at 6th and Custer. Now a single Mom in 1957 she purchased a home on Crescent Avenue and lived there over 55 years. She worked over 20 years at 410 market and is still recognized by her customers and many became lifelong friends.
In 1967 she married the love of her life Paul Liberty and they enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling and family times. Paul passed away in 1984.
She was an artist, a wood carver, quilter, hostess, fisherman, crafter of all sorts, bowler and went to exercise faithfully. With all that she still found time to help anyone and everyone that needed it. People she knew and many she didn’t. She was kind. She taught us all to be kind and to “work with a happy heart so it never feels like work.”
Mom is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Mary Homan, her husband Paul, her sister Ruth, brother Francis, her two daughters Sharon and Diane and step son Mark and grandson Michael.
She is survived by her daughter Carolyn (Gary) Lowe, her brother Russ, step sons Larry, Gale (Bobbie), and Mick (Kylie), and step daughter Laurie (Rick), fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Numerous nephews and nieces and friends also survived her. We all cherished her and will miss her.
Viewing for Mildred will take place Friday, March 23, 2018 at Smith Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to leave a memory of Mildred may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral in care of arrangements.