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“My precious Grandma, I was so blessed to call you Grandma, You went to be with Jesus today!! I find comfort knowing your home with Grandpa and I will...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Kristine Lancaster - Blaine, WA

“Mildred was such a seeet loving lady. She was so good to us by keeping us informed on My husband's aunt Dolly when we hadn't seen her for a while and...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Steve and Peggy Cassidy - Burke, SD

“Mildred was such a wonderful friend to my mother, Lee Barry. She spent many hours visiting with her. Mildred was so spry and had such a wonderful...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Gay Lynn Barry - Dallas, SD

“We were so sorry to hear of Mildred's passing. Mom thought of her as a very special friend as did we. Mom and Mildred shared the same birth date.....Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Merrill and Lynn McFayden - SD

“Mildred was a good friend of my mother Kathryn Sully Duncan. I took mom to Gregory to visit your mom a few times. Such a sweet lady. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Mary Duncan Kreber - Springfield, SD


Mildred (Stone) Mace was born in Carter, South Dakota on July 19, 1920 to Amelia and Benjamin Stone. Her father passed away when Mildred was quite young. She lived with her mother and brother in their grandparent's home. Eventually her mother married Vaughn Briscoe and to them was born her sister Pat.

Mildred was a country school teacher until she left and went with her parents to Encinitas, California. Mildred worked as a "Rosie the Riveter," then worked with her mother in a cafe.

She met Stanley Mace at the start of World War II while he was in the US Navy stationed in San Diego and Long Beach, California. They married right after the war ended and moved to Gregory. The had five children, the first one passed away as a baby.

In 1956 they packed up and left for work in California where they raised their children and lived for 36 years.

In 1990 they moved back to Gregory after Stan retired. Mom was so happy to be home. Stan passed away in 2003.

Mildred remained in Gregory living alone until she was 93. Then she moved to her daughter's in Washington State where she got to be around many grandkids, great grandkids, and her daughters and sons.

Mildred passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017.

Mildred is survived by her four children: Linda Mace Rising and husband Jerry, Jack Mace, Susan Mace Reeves and husband Danny, and Marty Mace; grandchildren Gary Lancaster and Deanna, Kristine Lancaster, Megan (Rising) Deresh, Gary Howell and Amy, Grant Howell and Kris, Glenn Howell and Jennifer, Rainey (Reeves) McKeiman, Shrae Mace, and Dalton Mace; eighteen great grandchildren, her sister Pat (Briscoe) Kellogg and son-in-law Blake Kellogg, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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Mildred was the kind of woman all children wish they had as a mother. She cared for her husband and children throughout her life. She was a stay-at-home mom and glad she was. Her home made her happy and it was a feeling of pride to all of us.

For all of us when we were young it was a comforting feeling knowing she was always there. Great memories we all have of coming up the street to smells of fresh baked desserts, after school snacks, and the smells of dinner cooking.

Mom provided every great comfort for the whole family and later provided those things to her grandchildren when they were young. So to say we will miss her is an understatement. We will miss her smile, we will miss her baking, and her fun, peppy personality.

She was happy throughout most of her life. She loved her family and her many friends. We so admired that she maintained so many life long friends and so many from South Dakota. Since we were young she wrote letters and cards every week to someone while having a coffee break.

What a great generation she came from. Mildred was close to her mother's side of the family, her sister Pat, Aunt Dolly, cousins Bev, Mary, and Don. She stayed close to her brother Jack until his passing.

She loved Gregory and after 36 years of living in California, Mildred and Stanley moved back to Gregory in 1990. She remained there until she was 93 and she came to Washington State to live with family. She had a good life there, but always missed Gregory. She is now being laid to rest here next to her husband Stanley.

There is no one thing that defined Mildred, but what so many always remember and new friends enjoyed was her cheerful manner and her kindness to others. She loved singing, dancing, baking, cooking, and visiting with friends and family. She always had a smile.

We feel blessed that she was in our lives for so long, and we are sad that we won't get to see her for sometime, but we are pleased that she is where she was ready to be, in her everlasting home with all of those that have gone before her.

Mom had a good life. She had her faith, her family, and friends.

May we all be so blessed in our life that we go out being loved by so many.

She will remain in our hears and memories always!

We love you, Mom!

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A funeral service for Mildred Mace was held Monday, October 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory, SD with Pastor Royal Archer officiating.

Music was provided by DeNalda Fortuna, organist.

Congregational hymns were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."

Casket Bearers were Jerry Rising, Danny Reeves, and Jack Mace.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.