Mrs. Mildred E. Ladd

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Mildred E. Ladd of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Allen Waters, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Mildred Louise Engram Ladd was born on May 11, 1932, to the parentage of the late E.P. Engram and Emmarine Kaigler Engram. She grew up in the Five Points Community of Macon County, Georgia. She attended the Flint River Farms School and played basketball. After graduating, she attended the Fort Valley State College (now University) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught in Dodge, Twiggs, and Wilcox Counties before finding a home at the historic D.F. Douglass Elementary School where her passion for education and children flourished. She retired after 35 years of dedication to the teaching profession.

Mildred confessed her faith in Jesus Christ at an early age at the New Hope Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Senior Missionary Ministry and the Adult and Mass Choirs. She also was a dedicated deaconess who faithfully prepared the quarterly communion table for many years until her health began to falter.

Mildred was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Robert L. Ladd, on December 23, 1956. Mildred and Ladd, as she affectionately called him, created many beautiful memories in their 59 years together. She enjoyed traveling with Ladd to visit family and friends in Florida and wherever the car took them. In retirement years, you would see her, Nita, and Ladd around town at the Senior Citizen Center, Bread of Life Soup Kitchen, Retired Teachers’ Association meetings, and at various churches and church functions. The three of them always traveled together. You rarely saw one without the other.

On Sunday morning, March 1, 2020, Mrs. Mildred E. Ladd made her transition from this earthly life to sweet eternity with her Heavenly Father. We take comfort knowing that out of love and compassion, God sent His Angel of Mercy to her bedside to grant her rest. She will be lovingly remembered for her sweet and gentle spirit and her genuine love for others. She was a woman of few words, but always greeted everyone with a beautiful smile and a kind word.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Ladd; her brother, Earnest; her sister, Nita; and three great-grandchildren. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her three children: Valerie Ladd English of Decatur, Georgia, Bob (Sharonda) Ladd of Montezuma, Georgia and Rod (Sharon) Ladd of Newnan, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Charnarra Ladd, Justin (Savannah) English, Tyler Harvey, Erin Ladd, De’Marrion Fobbs, Devin Griffin and Lindsey Ladd; five great-grandchildren: Travis Howard, Jr. (TJ), Armuni Ladd, JaSani English, JaLiath English and River Harvey; her sisters: Ruthie Grant, Earlene Mossett-Downey, Elvin McMeans all of Hartford, Connecticut and Georgia Perry of Sun City, Arizona; her in-laws: Costell Ladd of Binghamton, New York, Mattie Smith of Miami, Florida, Willie Tom Flowers of Miami, Florida and Willie Bell White of Griffin, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, former students, other relatives and friends. 

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