Born June 13, 1931, Mildred Cecilia Fleetwood was brought into the world at an orphanage in Kansas City, MO. She would live out her early years there until she met her husband, Andrew Fleetwood, in 1955. She was never adopted, never met her mother, father, or any possible siblings. From humble and occasionally sad beginnings, she built a family and a life, and touched many lives along the way.
She went to nursing school and became an in-home nurse in 1962. She was so proud of being a nurse and found joy in taking care of people. When she retired she dedicated her time to taking care of her 3 granddaughters after school and during summers. She packed their summers full of activities and loved them like crazy. She loved to sew and make things: Her daughters’ wedding dresses, Halloween costumes, crocheted blankets, and Kleenex box covers for every holiday. She once knit over 500 warm hats for the Salvation Army, where she volunteered from time to time.
She made excellent meatloaf and French toast. She could make you stop hiccupping with one look. She taught her grandkids to swim and read. She had a heart attack in church once but waited to alert everyone until after the sermon so as not to disturb anyone. She could speed skate, and usually left all her kids in the dust. You’d find her front and center at every sporting event, dance recital, and graduation. She was everything you could want in a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She laughed with you but she’d also cry with you, then maybe made you a scarf to cheer you up. She was an extraordinary grandma and best friend. There will be no one like her again.
Mildred passed away on July 6, 2018 in Springfield, MO, after a long life lived dedicated to caring for others. In her final days she was surrounded by her family who will miss her dearly. She is survived by daughters June (Don) Kincheloe and Shirley (Ernie) Moentnish, granddaughters April (Nathan) Neal, Amanda (Daniel) Salcido, and Danielle Moentnish, and many nieces and nephews. Her first great-granddaughter, Cecelia, shares a name with her, and will be told frequently how much her great-grammy smiled when she saw her.
Visitation will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home North on Friday, July 13, from 5:30-7:30pm. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 14th at 11am at Brighton Cemetery.
Flowers made her sneeze so it’s only fitting that in lieu of arrangements, please consider a donation to Nurse-Family Partnership (www.nursefamilypartnership.org) or The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks (www.rmhcozarks.org). She was so proud of being a nurse and would be honored to see these organizations supported in her name.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18