It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Mildred C. Ferrell, 98, of Greenville, SC. As requested, she was in her bed at home when she passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.
Born in April of 1924, in Lowell, NC, the second of twelve children, she was a daughter of the late Horace and Lessie Carrouth.
She is survived by daughter, Sandra Lollis of Piedmont, SC; sons, Jerry E. Ferrell and his wife Vicky of Rock Hill, SC, and Donald H. Ferrell and his wife Eileen of Gerton, NC; sister, Shirley Lawing who resides in York, SC; 14 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and eight great, great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul Ferrell; son, Roger Ferrell, of Greenville, SC; and her son-in-law, Eiler Lollis, of Piedmont SC.
Mildred saw her share of hardships as she was only 15 years old when the country was coming out of the Great Depression. She shared many funny stories of her growing up in Texas at their uncle’s farm during the depression and what they had to endure to survive like the time they all cried when they found out it was their pet chicken they would be eating for dinner.
She married the love of her life, Paul Ferrell, in May of 1942, and they were devoted partners until his death in 2005. Paul spent two and a half years serving in Europe and was awarded seven battle stars and a purple heart. Asked just a week ago what her happiest day in her life, Mildred replied, “When Paul came home from service.”
Before retiring, she worked many years as a salesperson in the women’s department of Ivey’s, Meyer’s Arnold, and Dillard’s. Mildred always had something good to say about everybody and looked at the world through rose colored glasses. Countless times, her children were told of how sweet and wonderful she had been to others at various locations out. Her life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32, “and be kind and compassionate to one another, just as God forgave you in Christ.”
We feel no shame in breaking down in tears at the thought of your death. You truly loved, you truly lived, and you will be missed by all who knew you.
Visitation will be held Monday, July 11, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Greenville Memorial Gardens immediately following
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mildred’s beloved church, Salem United Methodist Church, 2700 White Horse Rd., Greenville, SC 29611.
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