Mildred was born in New Summerfield, Texas to parents Berry and Lillian Thompson. She passed away at home Monday, January 24, 2022, surrounded by her husband and daughters.
She attended public school in Cherokee County (New Summerfield), Texas and George W. Bradford, Rusk, Texas., graduating with the class of 1962). She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Bishop College. It was at Bishop College where she met her husband Kennard (Ken) Brown and they were married in September 1966. That marriage lasted until her death.
Mildred was preceded in death by her father, Berry Thompson, brother Harrell Thompson. She leaves to honor her memory her husband Ken of 55 years, daughters Kennaria Brown of Berea, KY, Kyria Brown Lemke(Steve), and grandson Ken J. Lemke all of Plano, TX., mother, Lillian Thompson Duffie, sister Wynella Guice Pierce (Michael, deceased), brother Eric Thompson (Gladys) all of Jacksonville, TX., brother Alfred (Carrie) Houston, TX., and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mildred put her career on hold for a number of years while she raised their two daughters and moved around the country in support of her husband’s career. They moved back to Dallas in 1990. She and Ken reconnected with St. Luke Community United Methodist Church Mildred went to work at E-Systems Corp. That Company was later purchased by Raytheon Systems from which she retired in May 2013.
During her tenure with Raytheon Mildred was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Most of all she made a host of lifelong friends. Since retirement and until the pandemic, Mildred was very active with meeting ex-coworkers, family members or friends for lunch or some other social event. A very special time for her was to have a long lunch with her sister-in-law Glenna Martin. She loved her involvement in events with her book club “BeSure” and working with the Keenagers group St. Luke.
Mildred enjoyed reading, visiting museums and attending the guest lecture series at Southern Methodist University. She was a special aunt to many of her nieces and nephews. Most of all she loved traveling. After Ken’s retirement they travelled globally together.
Services were held February 8, 2022, at Restland Funeral Chapel, Greenland Avenue Dallas, TX., with Rev. Douglas (Dusty) Fuller, Eulogist.