Mildred Maxine Smith

1916 - 2012

Mildred Maxine (Brodhead) Smith, 96, passed away peacefully Dec. 18, 2012, at Life Care Center in Kennewick.
Mildred was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Dayton, to Claude and Stella Brodhead. She helped her mother with the cooking and care of her siblings while growing up.

In 1943, she married Karl Herman Smith in San Francisco. They had one daughter, Linda Louise. Karl passed away in 1968. Mildred remained in her home in Walla Walla until April 2012, when she moved to Park View Estates in Kennewick.
Gardening, houseplants, cooking and needlework were her hobbies. Her family fondly remembers her giant platters of Christmas goodies. At one time, she corresponded with over 30 pen pals and nurtured over 100 African violets.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Clerget (Jack Woods); granddaughter, Annie Brynnel Clerget and great-granddaughter, Clarissa Rose Clerget all of Sumner, Wash.; siblings: LaNita Ashley of Roseburg, Ore., Freda McCorkle of Kennewick; Dwight Brodhead of Gooding, Idaho; Betty Ann Garrison of Spokane, and Margie Stanifer of Denver, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two brothers, Kennith (Martha) Brodhead of Waitsburg, and Claude (Marlene) Brodhead of Dayton.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Dec. 22, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt,1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, followed by the funeral service Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. The graveside service and burial will follow on Saturday at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 S.E. Myra Road, College Place. Pastor Joseph Clarke will officiate. After the graveside service, there will be a reception at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ingle Chapel Church through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at

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