Gentry, Mildred M. (Mrs. R. Donald)

9/16/2000

January 21, 1935- September 16, 2000
 
Mildred was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born on January 21, 1935, in rural west Texas near Lubbock, on a farm and was a resident of New Roads, Louisiana until her death on Saturday, September 16, 2000 at the Pointe Coupee General Hospital at the age of 65.
Active until her death, she was involved in the life of First United Methodist Church of New Roads and Rosedale United Methodist Church. She was president of Sunshine Circle, past president of the Book Club, and was active in HOPE Ministries, the Food Bank, the Historical Society, Friends of the Library, False River Homemakers Club and the local chapter of AARP.
She was the ideal preacher’s wife and influenced many people with her quiet demeanor, but none more than her children and grandchildren. You can see her brand on each of them clearly, particularly on her oldest, me. She had a heart of gold and was generous almost to fault. Her generosity even continues in death as she donated her body to medical science so that others may benefit. She was the epitome of humbleness. Mildred would never talk about what she did or permit others to talk about it. She continually pointed away from herself to others, and would give God the credit. It was like she knew from instinct what was expected of her and she did it without fanfare. When it came time to leave an appointment the congregation would say, "You can leave, but Mildred stays." She was referred to as co-pastor, a title she earned and deserved.
God saw what each of us needed and He brought us together. We were married on September 10, 1977. We enjoyed each other immensely for 23 years. Together we became a team and we accomplished a great deal together. To say the least, she blessed my life tremendously. She will be remembered forever by those she loved, and those who loved her.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2001, p. 2252 By Don Gentry