Mildred A. St. Clair
July 8, 1922 – January 9, 2020
Mildred St. Clair passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020 at the age of 97.
She was born on July 8, 1922 in Mackville, KY to J.W. and Naomi (Sweeney) Arnold. Mildred graduated from Mackville High School in 1940 and from Centre College in Danville, KY in 1943, with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. After graduation, she worked as a chemist for Dupont in Louisville, KY. While attending a U.S.O. dance in 1944, Mildred met the love of her life, Henry (“Hank”) J. St. Clair. The two courted through letters, as Hank was stationed at Fort Knox, KY during World War II. They were married on July 12, 1945 in Louisville. After his discharge from the Army in 1947, Mildred and Hank moved to Jefferson City, MO and then to Kansas City.
They were blessed with three children who survive her: Michael (Barbara) St. Clair, Susan (Dennis) Ullery and Anne Johnson. She also leaves behind three grandchildren: Alex St. Clair, Megan (Joshua) St. Clair DeSmidt, and Karen (Brian) Ullery Williams, and one great-grandchild, Jacob DeSmidt. In 1976, Mildred lost the love of her life when Hank succumbed to cancer.
Mildred was very active in her community and church. She became an early member of North Cross United Methodist Church in 1961, where she remained a member until her death. In 1967 and 1968, the family hosted a foreign exchange student from Denmark through American Field Service. Mildred was a life-long avid bridge player and played in several groups over the years. She belonged to numerous book clubs. She loved to travel with friends and went around the world on her journeys, including a trip to the Holy Land. Flowers and plants were a few of Mildred’s favorite things, and she lovingly tended her multitude of plants which brought her so much joy. She was active in her Sunday school class, in the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and was a devoted follower of the stock market through good times and bad. In 2017, Mildred willingly decided to give up her fiercely independent lifestyle and moved to McCrite Plaza. There she continued her activities, joining the welcoming committee, winning frequently at bingo, and enjoying bridge until her failing eyesight made it difficult to play. At 96, she decided she needed to learn how to play the handbells! She enjoyed Friday night happy hours with the other residents and never met a stranger.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Naomi (Sweeney) Arnold, brother Bill Arnold and sister Mabel Mayes Crain, her son-in-law, Daniel Johnson, and a host of close friends. Mildred will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but her unwavering faith prepared her for her next journey and we have no doubt she is at peace.
- J.W. Arnold, Father (deceased)
- Naomi (Sweeney) Arnold, Mother (deceased)
- Henry "Hank" J. St. Clair, Husband (deceased)
- Bill Arnold, Brother (deceased)
- Mabel Mayes Crain, Sister (deceased)
- Daniel Johnson, Son-in-law (deceased)
- Michael St. Clair (Barbara), Son
- Susan Ullery (Dennis), Daughter
- Anne Johnson, Daughter
- Alex St. Clair, Grandchild
- Megan St. Clair DeSmidt (Joshua), Grandchild
- Karen Ullery Williams (Brian), Grandchild
- Jacob DeSmidt, Great Grandchild
- North Cross UMC
- Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Mildred A. St. Clair
January 13, 2020
Rest in peace, my friend.
January 12, 2020
Mildred was one of the dearest, kindest, classiest persons I know. She always had a word of encouragement, a smile, and a generous heart towards me as I was growing up and as I lead the youth and children's ministries. I was so happy to see her on Christmas Eve and give her a hug.
I will never forget her working women's clothes during the Super Sale right outside of my office. She always had outfits set aside for me to try on telling me they were perfect for me. She was probably right as she always was clothed so stylishly. She may have also been sick of my shorts and t-shirts but was too nice to say. Lol
She has made an impact on so many lives and I am blessed to have known her.
January 11, 2020
Joyful, scary smart, intuitive, fun, intellectually curious, and she was the only person who gave me hope when my husband wanted to buy an RV—and I desperately did not! Mildred told me, “Every time a motorhome passes by, I wish I were in it!” And her enthusiasm carried me through the taxing new learning curve needed to care for our new money pit!! Her work with Virjean Burton to preserve the history of our Northland American Association of University Women will not be forgotten. What a treasure we have lost!! I miss you already!
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