Mildred Starnes Childs Obituary:
Funeral Date: 7/9/2004
Mildred Starnes Childs, age 83, of Monticello, Ark. died Tuesday, July 6, at Pleasant Valley Living Center, Little Rock. She was born May 24, 1921 at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas a daughter of the late Harrison Benjamin Starnes, Sr. and Vera Cutsinger Starnes. She received her education in the Walnut Ridge Public School System, was a home economics graduate of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and held a degree in Education from Arkansas A & M College, Monticello. She taught 6th grade reading in the Warren Public School system for 14 years and was a home economist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service working Hot Spring, Saline, Bradley and Drew counties with 27 years of service retiring in 1987. She was a lifetime member of the Warren Junior Auxiliary, a former member of the Arkansas Association of Extension Home Economists, a member of the PEO, the Monticello Lions’s Club, member of the Friends of the Library, Monticello and the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. She was a lifetime and longtime board member of the Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association, a member of Alpha Iota Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Drew County Chamber of Commerce and many other civic Organizations. In recognition for her outstanding contributions and service to Monticello and Drew County she was recognized by Governor Bill Clinton for her work with volunteers in October, l980; the National Association of Extension Home Economists’ Distinguished Service award and other national and regional awards; named the Monticello Arkansas Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club “Woman of the Year” in 1980; she was recognized by the Arkansas Society of Dentistry for Children for her outstanding service of the dental health needs of the children of Arkansas. In July 1994 she received the state 4-H Alumni Recognition Ward for her lifetime contribution to Arkansas 4-H. Working with the late Bob Burch, longtime Monticello dentist she pioneered a countywide dental program for elementary youth. When asked what she wanted to be remembered for in the Extension work in a November 18th l987 “Advance Monticellonian” article announcing her retirement after 17 years in Drew County she reflected on her longtime service: “ I am very proud of my role in bringing health matters to the forefront of people’s minds.” In addition to the youth dental program she began programs on proper nutrition and its relation to heart disease and hypertension in the late 1970’s before the subject was fashionable. In ending nearly 27 years of service with Extension in Arkansas and talking about Extension Homemakers, she said, “My happiest memories of Extension work will be those of seeing young women emerge as leaders in the community. Seeing them grow and develop as wives and mothers and citizens will also give me a sense of pride. I am only one person though, that represents the broad program of Extension, and without the support of people of Drew County and the Extension state office specialists, my work could not have been possible.” She married James L. Childs on December 7, 1946 in Benton, Arkansas and he died September 6, 1970. Surviving is a daughter Elizabeth Childs, Little, Rock, Ark. and a brother H. B. Starnes, Popular Bluff, Mo. Funeral services 10:00 am Friday, July 9, at First United Methodist Church, Monticello with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Speakers were Larkin Brown and Franwoodward. Julie Ann Johnson was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery at Warren by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were James McCraw, Kelton Busby, Larkin Brown, Steve Parnell, Ernie Gibbs, Kelly Loston, Nick Callaway and Dale Hughes. Memorials preferred to the Mildred S. Childs U of A Extension Service Professional Improvement Fund, Post Office Box 391, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.