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Mildred Anna Wortman

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Mildred Anna Wortman

September 23, 1915 ~ Apirl 9, 2014

Mildred Anna Wortman, 98, of Entiat, WA, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in her home. She was born on September 23, 1915, to George and Edith (Henry) Flowers in Spokane, WA. Mildred attended a one-room schoolhouse with her siblings, Carl, Bill, Glen, Tom and Audrey, and then went on to graduate from Medical Lake High School in 1933. She married Lewis Wortman on November 10, 1937, and made their lifelong home in the Entiat Valley. Mildred was a homemaker, who grew a vegetable garden large enough to feed her family and orchard hands, who worked in the family apple orchard. Mildred’s delicious home cooking was loved by many. Her light air rolls; flaky, tender pie crust; and endless supply of chocolate chip cookies personified “nuthin’ says lovin’ like something from the oven.” She cooked for Forest Service fire crews and was famous for the homemade pies that she made wildfire firefighters in the Entiat Valley.

She was an active member of the Rebekah’s and served as Noble Grand of Reliance Rebekah’s #232 and served two times as District President of District #17. Mildred and Lewis were active in the Entiat community; they were founding members of the Entiat Trail and Saddle Club. Mildred enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed camping and sharing the beauty of the Entiat Valley with family and friends. Mildred’s talent creating beautiful handmade quilts, sweaters, hats and crocheted gifts left many treasures for her loved ones.

Mildred is survived by her four children, Janice Golphenee, Karen (Ted) Whitehall, Bruce (Carol) Wortman and Gail Wortman; her 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two more expected in early summer. Grandma’s highest praise was, “Oh, you’re such a good kid.” Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; her parents, George and Edith Flowers; all five siblings; two sons-in-law, Don Peterson and Duane Golphenee; and one grandson.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Jones & Jones~Betts Memorial Chapel in Wenatchee, with a Reception following the Service at the funeral home and then following at Entiat Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Donations may be made in Mildred’s memory to Hospice, 1020 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801 or Friends of Entiat Library (c/o Entiat Women’s Club, P.O. Box 573, Entiat, WA 98822, 509-784-1517). Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home.

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