Mrs. Mildred E. Walison, 96, a resident of Plains Township, died Monday, April 27, 2009, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Mrs. Walison was born in the borough of Parsons, a daughter of the late James and Emma Groth Sanderson, and was a graduate of the class of 1931, James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. She had been employed by F.W. Woolworth & Co., Wilkes-Barre, for 10 years. She later operated Steve’s Lunch, a restaurant and grocery store on North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with her former husband, Steve Walison, who died in 1973. Mildred had worked in the garment industry in the Wyoming Valley for 26 years at several different factories, retiring from Darling Fashions, Wilkes-Barre, in 1977.
She was the oldest member of the Plains United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday School, and was a member and treasurer for Mrs. Lindsay’s Class of the Sunday School for many years. She was also a former volunteer at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township, where she served for 10 years, and was a member of the ILGWU, Local 249. Mrs. Walison enjoyed her church and her family and spent many happy hours traveling and visiting.
In addition to her former husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Walison; sisters Mrs. Emma Marie Logan, Mrs. Eleanor Chippel and Mrs. Ruth Lipiec; a brother, Stephen James Sanderson; and a granddaughter, Dianne Logan Yakima.
She is survived by daughters Mrs. Mildred Logan and her husband, Burt, Oviedo, Fla.; Mrs. Beverly Copeland, Plains; Mrs. Eleanor Fleming and her husband, Chip, Birmingham, Ala.; and Mrs. Rachael Lohman and her husband, David, Plains; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Plains United Methodist Church, 133 N. Main St., Plains, with the Rev. Barbara J. Roberts, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home, Inc., 451 N. Main St.,, Wilkes-Barre. Friends and relatives are asked to go directly to the Plains United Methodist Church for the service on Thursday.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations may be made to the Plains United Methodist Church, 133 N. Main St., Plains, PA 18705, or to the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, PA 18704.