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Mildred Smyth

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Smyth, Mildred J. Cooper, died of natural causes on Dec. 5, 2001 in Tucson, Ariz. She was 88 years old. Born March 9, 1913 in Blytheville, Ark., Mrs. Smyth was preceded in death by her first husband, Ruel N. Cooper, who passed away in Oct. 1942. Their three children are Anne Cooper Pruett of Pleasanton, Calif., Betty Cooper Bertrand of Austin, Texas, and Ruel N. Cooper II of Tucson, Ariz. In 1954 she married Alvin Smyth, Sr. in Dexter and they moved to Tucson in 1957. She was preceded in death by Alvin Smyth in 1960. Mrs. Smyth was a piano and organ teacher for 40 years, and also directed choir at American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tucson. She was a very active member of Broadway Christian Church, beginning in 1957, and was a member of choir, served as an Elder, was president of the Women's Guild, and served as chairman of the Church Board. Mrs. Smyth was also the first women elected as Arizona State Board President of Christian Churches. In addition to her children, Mrs. Smyth is survived by nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five nephews; one niece and many great-nephews and nieces. A memorial service was held Dec. 13, 2001 at Broadway Christian Church in Tucson. Cremains will be interred in the Dexter Cemetery during a private ceremony in June 2002. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial gift be made to the Dexter Christian Church. PAID

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