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Obituary: Mildred Louise Ashcraft, Dillsboro

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Mildred Louise Ashcraft, 88, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed from this life on August 26, 2014, at Dearborn County Hospital. She was born September 6, 1925, to Fred and Freda Mathias Meyers in Dearborn, County, Indiana. She was a graduate of Dillsboro High School. She was raised on a farm on Arlington Road in Dillsboro and lived on that road her entire life. On March 14, 1943, she married Floyd Elmer Ashcraft, and they shared a happy life together for 43 years. Mildred had a full-time job caring for their four children and maintaining their home, as well as working part time for several years at Seagram's in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Mildred's first love was her family. A big portion of her time was spent caring for their needs and attending sporting events and other special occasions in their lives. She was an excellent seamstress and was always happy to fulfill a request from her family for a Halloween costume, wedding gown, stuffed animal or any other need. There was always a summer garden on the farm and Mildred enjoyed preparing delicious meals using the vegetables. She also spent a lot of time canning and freezing for winter use. Mildred loved animals and through the years had numerous cats, dogs, rabbits and even a pony.

Mildred is survived by her four children, Barbara Cook, Joan Hanna (Jim), Tim Ashcraft (Debbie), and Cheryl Neal (Mark); nine grandchildren, Beth Richardson, Tiffany Dunbar, Staci Likens, Darci Surface, Jeremy Savage, Mandy Schneider, Zane White, Holly Hinkle, and Jessica Ester; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elmer; parents, Fred and Freda Meyers; a brother, Murrell Meyers; a son-in-law, Bill Cook; a grandson, Troy Keich; a granddaughter, Brenda Barr; and a great-great-grandson, Jace Wade.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dillsboro Methodist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana, with funeral services immediately following visitation. She will be laid to rest at Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro next to her husband. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Dillsboro, the Deaborn County Animal Shelter, or the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements were entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro.

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