Mildred Phillips Leaver

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

In 1934, she became a home economist for Union Electric in St. Louis, and in 1936, she married Lawrence “Larry” Leaver, head of science in the St. Louis Public Schools. In 1940, after graduate school at the University of Illinois, they moved to Rolla, Missouri where Larry was a professor of physics at what was then the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

In 1948, Mildred returned to teaching and continued as teacher, principal, substitute teacher, story teller and volunteer until she moved to be with family in Atlanta in 2008.

She is survived by daughter, Lari Murry and husband Don, of St. George Island; granddaughters, Alison Murry, and Karen Murry Flynn and husband Dennis; and great-grandchildren Caroline and Sam Flynn.

Mildred asked for a simple “family graveside gathering” as did Larry. She wished gifts in her memory to be for “the donor’s favorite organization that focuses on children.” She noted that family and friends often join in a celebration of life for the deceased. She asked that her friends and family remember her joyful 100th birthday festivities as well as their participation together in many activities and events.

Mildred will rest next to Larry in the family plot in Springfield.


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