1911 – 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mildred Bamford Robinson, 102, of Orange Park, Fla., and a former longtime resident of Monmouth, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Fla.

She was born in Turner on June 18, 1911, the daughter of George Millard and Lena Stanley Rose Bamford; she was the oldest of 10 children. Mildred attended Livermore and Monmouth schools and graduated from Monmouth Academy in 1930. On June 30, 1931, in Winthrop, Mildred and Charles Henry Robinson were married; Mildred passed away on the same day, Oct. 22, that her husband, Charles Henry, passed on in 1998.

Many years ago, she graded apples for Chick Orchards in Monmouth and for many years worked for the Monmouth hot lunch program, which she thoroughly enjoyed; she retired on her 71st birthday as manager of the lunch program in 1982.

Mildred enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, tatting, reading, cooking and baking; she also enjoyed doing ceramics, staying at camp, visiting with family and friends, remembering the good times and her dog, Buddy. For many years, she knit hats and mittens for the Cottrell-Taylor Christmas baskets for needy children in Monmouth.

She was a member of 4-H as a child and young adult, and an assistant leader with the North Monmouth group. She was also the foods leader for the Farm Bureau and a member of the Monmouth and Winthrop granges, Willing Workers of North Monmouth Church and Cochnewagon Agricultural Fair, and also served as an honorary trustee of the fair and was a member of the United Church of Monmouth. Mildred was the recipient of the Boston cane as oldest citizen in Monmouth in 2011.

Mildred enjoyed being with her family. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; they were her joy!

She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Cunliffe of Monmouth; her brother, Robert Bamford of Fayette; her grandchildren and their spouses, Linda Ritchie of Orange Park, Fla., Terry and Roger Whittier of Monmouth, Mary and Tim Archer of Poland and Jim and Ivy Cunliffe of Monmouth; great-grandchildren and their spouses, Heather and Kevin, Jennie and Paul, Penny and Chip, Kristi and Jon, Frank and Danielle and Kassey; great-great-grandchildren, Jordan, Nathan, Colby, Dylan, Natalie, Mahdis, Levi and Adaline; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mildred was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Charles Henry; a daughter, Barbara Robinson; her brothers, James, Mellen, Clifton, Stanley and Guy Bamford; her sisters, Helen Small, Edna Jackman and Ruth Jackman; and her son-in-law, Ralph Cunliffe.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

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