Mildred Arlette MacLean was born in Bassano, Alberta just ten minutes behind her twin sister Lorna. In 1942, after High School graduation both sisters went to nursing school at the Holy Cross Hospital. They wanted to help in the war effort for WW ll.
Mildred moved to Kelowna in1948. While playing tennis at Kelowna City Park she met Eric Waldron, a very charming Kelowna born native who had just returned from six years overseas in Europe with the BC Dragoons. Eric and Mildred married in June 1949 and had five children.
While raising her family Mildred nursed part time at the Kelowna General Hospital and took classes from the Department of Education to earn her Diploma as a Pre-School Teacher. In 1965 she set-up Lombardy Kindergarten in Bankhead and taught for eight years.
In 1973 Mildred and Eric moved to Vernon. Mildred nursed full-time at the Vernon Hospital until her retirement in 1986. Both Mildred and Eric loved to travel. One of their big adventures was a month spent exploring South America. In 1986 Eric and Mildred moved back to Kelowna.
Mildred was a lifelong learner. She made her retirement both enjoyable and educational. She was a part of the New Comers, senior classes at the college, the Okanagan Mission Senior Center and Club 17. She sang with the International Choir and the Peachland Variety Singers. She was a Westside Red Hatter. She joined the Museum Writer’s Group and returned to her love of writing. She was a devoted member of the Eastern Star.
Mildred had just returned to Kelowna from a MacLean family reunion in Alberta when she had a massive stroke and died gently at the age of 86. She is survived by her daughter Tanys (Jim Frey) in Robertsdale/Mobile, Alabama and her sons Brock (Pat) in Kelowna, Bruce in Westbank, Ross (Stacey Butters) in Vernon and six grandchildren; Todd, Jason, Tyler, Bree, Fraser, Thea and her great-grandson Creston. She was predeceased by her husband Eric (1987) and her son Murray (1999).
Mildred’s legacy to her family and friends was her caring, her kindness and humour. Mom – you are in our hearts. We wish you God’s speed.
In lieu of flowers, we are collecting donations for a park bench to be placed at the Parkinson Recreation Center at the new Children’s Playground. Please make your cheque payable to the City of Kelowna. There will be a donation box at her “Celebration of Life”. The service will be held on Sat. Oct. 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. (250)- 860-7077. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com