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Mildred E. Books

March 9, 2011

Mildred E. Books
Jan. 5, 1915 – March 7, 2011
PLYMOUTH — Mildred E. Thompson Books, 96, passed away Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9:18 a.m. in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, due to natural causes. Mildred was a former Lawrence Lake resident now living at the River Park community.
Born Jan. 5, 1915 in Walton, Ind., she was the daughter of Howard Allen and Mary Edith (Lambert) Snider. The family moved to Plymouth in 1925 and although she attended school here, she spent her senior year in Walton and graduated from Young America School in 1933. 
She was the last surviving member of her 21 classmates.
April 5, 1934 in Warsaw, Ind. she became the bride of Robert Adam Thompson preceded her in death Sept. 16, 1974.
From 1968 until 1986 Mildred was heavily involved in making jewelry from crystal glass or polished stones. For many years the couple had a booth at the Thieves Market in South Bend. Mildred showed at the Blueberry Festival for quite some time. Their children referred to them as “rock hounds” as everywhere they went they were in search of that special stone to be placed in rock polisher that tumbled 24 hours a day.  Mildred’s CB handle was “Glass Grinder” as she was known for her art of repairing damages pieces of glass.
Another interest of Mildred’s was recorded history. She was a member of DAR having served as the registrar for many years. For more than five years she recorded and compiled; Marshall County Indiana Weddings 1889 to 1904 and Marshall County Indiana Land Records 1835 to 1860; these are used today as reference guides in the library of the Marshall County Historical Museum.
A homemaker, Mildred was a longtime member of Twin Lakes Home Economics Club and attended Faith Baptist Church.
Dec. 10, 2003, after 71 years of “going their own way,” Mildred married her junior-senior prom date; Fremont P. Books. Together they have enjoyed a golden opportunity.
Mildred is survived by a daughter, Ellen J. (Ronald) Baney of Lakeville; a son, Jerry R. (Nina) Thompson of Tucson, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Candy L. (Charles) Poor of Plymouth and Cindy A. Books (Jonathon Gurland) of Englewood, Fla.; and stepson, Glen E. (Jane) Books of Basking Ridge, N.J. Together they have 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by three sisters: Betty Jean Mitch, Joanna Dillman, and Donna Mae Martin; and a brother, Manford Snider; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was a daughter, Dianna Dee Wiles; a great-granddaughter, Brooke Lynn Thompson; a sister, Viola Gross; and three brothers: Paul, Donald and Verlie Snider.
Family and friends will gather at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home; the Rev. Charles Krieg will preside.
Burial will follow in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Preferred are memorial gifts to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St. Suite 1500, Chicago, IL, 60604.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the website: www.johnson-danielson.com.
Funeral Director – Randall L. Danielson – 574-936-2829

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