Mildred Porath, 99

Mildred Leona (Kennicutt) Porath, aged 99, passed away early Saturday morning, March 3, 2012, at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen. Mildred was born Nov. 2, 1912, to Raymond and Edna (Frazier) Kennicutt at their farm home near Eddyville. She learned many skills in their home and received her education in the Eddyville schools, graduating in 1930. The next four years she took classes at Kearney Normal School and taught rural schools in Dawson and Buffalo Counties.Mildred was united in marriage to Edmund Harold Porath June 10, 1934, in a small ceremony in her parent’s home. They lived in the Porath home in Elk Creek community in Custer County, farming and caring for Edmund’s parents until their deaths.In 1944, the Poraths moved to Seneca. In 1953, Mildred returned to teaching school and attending college classes in the summers. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1962 and taught until 1974.Survivors include two daughters, Carol (Ruben) Ruybalid of Central City, and Melba (Wilford) Baldwin of Caldwell, Idaho, one son, Gaylord (Bonnie) Porath of Mulle; one sister, Beulah Kennicutt of Ft. Collins, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund; two sons, Alton and Leland; her parents; one brother, Leslie Kennicutt, and one sister, Veldegene Kennicutt.Services will be Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. MST at the United Church of Christ in Seneca. Interment will be at 4 p.m. CST Thursday at Elk Creek Cemetery south of Ansley.Memorials may be made to United Church of Christ of Seneca or Elk Creek Cemetery % Weldon Brammer, 20477 Birch Rd. Amherst, NE 68812.Published in Custer County Chief, March 8, 2012