Mildred Juanita Coleman Maddox passed away January 28, 2017 at her residence. She was born on May 4, 1926 in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Franklin Webster Coleman and the late Bessie Grady Gill Coleman.
Mildred was raised in Port Arthur, Texas and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1944. She was an Air Force wife and lived in several states before moving to Jacksonville, Arkansas where she owned and operated Wilds Mobile Home Park for over 40 years.
For the past 5 years, she has resided at Peachtree Assisted Living in Mena. She thoroughly enjoyed the staff and her fellow residents.
Some of her favorite things to do were playing cards, dominoes, and bingo. She was an avid outdoors person, and loved fishing, hunting, and exploring. She loved taking rides in the mountains. If she thought she was lost, she liked it even more.
Ever mischievous, she was always the instigator of pranks and practical jokes. She had an infectious laugh. Her favorite sayings were “mercy bucket” and “I love you a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck.” She traveled to many countries including England, France, Italy, Egypt, Jerusalem, and Guam.
She is survived by son, Grady F. Wilds and wife, Barbara Ehret Wilds, of Mena; 5 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Webster Franklin Coleman and Bessie Grady Gill; her daughter, E. Louise Mahoney; a son, Nathan K. Wilds; her sister, Jewell Ruth Russell; and a grandson, Kenneth W. Dyar.
The family’s sincere appreciation goes to the staff at Peachtree Assisted Living and her caregivers with Ouachita Regional Hospice for all the love and care that they provided to her.
She was sent for cremation through the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held sometime in the future. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.