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November 29, 1944 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Mildred Funchess lived an eventful life, it reads something like a script from a Hollywood movie. She was born Mildred Edwards on November 29, 1944 to Eloise Jones and William Edwards. She and her sister, Mag, were born in Orangeburg, SC, but shortly after their father passed, they moved to Philadelphia where they grew into adulthood.
Although she had her home in Philadelphia, she often went back and forth back to her roots in South Carolina to visit family. Her grandmother Ella or “Ma”| Mā•gic | was keystone in her early years giving her fondest childhood memories. Together they would ride by Horse & Buggy around town offering remedies and ailments to those unwell. When she wasn’t helping she would be out exploring with her canine companion Spot. When she became older, she attended William Penn School for Girls in Philadelphia, where began her transition into adulthood.
After Graduating, Mildred put on many hats. She often got to exercise her expertise in many different areas that she garnered over a long, hard-working life. During her adult life, she partook in a multitude of professions: mainly textile and stewardship but, prior to retirement, she found herself in what she considered to be her natural calling - caretaking.
In those later years, she dedicated over a decade of her life to caring for the impaired. Her “Mens”, as she playfully named them, were three clients” that she bonded with closely. Of which was the esteemed Michael, who passed in her care. She had expressed how he had taken a piece of her that she expected to reclaim in the afterlife.
Mildred did her best to care for those around her she gushed when speaking about their personalities and how she cared for them.
Once she retired, she was able to rest and look back at a life full of adventure and discovery, all alongside hard work and determination.
Mildred loved to be the largest personality in the room, and that reflected in her bright, prideful personality and her bold and bodacious style, at all times. She had a tough soul but was soft like leather. She had qualities that were revered by many and remembered by all had a chance to feel her impression. Everyone who met her has a story about her, and how she made a unique mark on their life.
She transitioned peacefully in the early morning of October 10, 2023, and leaves behind the loving family of her son, Eric and his wife Lynetta, her daughter-in-law Debora, her grandsons Jared, with his fiancé Shanise and their daughters Jaren and Cinai, and Kyle and Leon, along with a host of cousins and other family members.