Mildred Ellen Church



Mildred Ellen Church, 91, of Garden City, SC, passed away December 23, 2017 at Tidelands Hospital in Murrells Inlet. She is predeceased by three loving husbands, Arnold White Sr., Bernard Jacobs, and Richard Church, as well as a daughter, Theresa Harrison.

She is survived by her children, Cynthia Cough (Charles) of Somerset, PA, Arnold White (Beth Lueck) of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Stephen White (Sherry) of Surfside, SC, as well as 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, as well as several stepchildren and their families.

She was born in 1926 in Albert Leon, MN, and then moved with her family to a farm in Iowa, She graduated H.S. and then moved to Ohio during WWII to work for the defense department as a secretary to a general. There she met and married a serviceman, Arnold B. White Sr. They had four children and eventually settled in Syracuse, NY. Arnold died at age 39. She met and married a dentist, Dr. Jacobs, who succumbed to leukemia at age 58. She then married the widower of a co-worker, Dick Church. After a long retirement in Florida and DeRuyter Lake, NY, Dick passed away and she lived the rest of her life in Garden City near her two sons.

"Millie" volunteered as a school secretary at St. James Middle School where she quickly became indispensable and well known to staff, parents, and kids. She worked 40 hours a week for 7-8 years at the school, in her late 70's and 80's. She was recognized as a finalist for the Sun News volunteer of the year in 2005. After her 2nd retirement, she led a relatively healthy final decade at home. She had many friends in the area and family visits were common.

A celebration of her life will be held at her home 12:00 PM Saturday, December, 30th.

Condolences may be made at

Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.