Mildred Caldwell Dayton Crawford
WAYNESVILLE — Mildred Caldwell Dayton Crawford was born on Big Cataloochee Oct. 31, 1928. As the Smoky Mountains were absorbed by the National Park Service, a young Mildred Caldwell and her family left and settled in the Maggie Valley/Waynesville area where she lived her life until Feb. 1, 2014. Through an extended illness, she relied on her faith, strong will and selfless spirit, and continued to smile and share her sense of humor. She had a heart of gold and leaves an 85-year legacy of love and caring for generations of family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
She retired from Enka/BASF after 44 years of dedicated service where she earned the respect and friendship of everyone she worked with. After retirement, Mildred applied her creative skills to various crafts, cooking incredibly delicious food and her lifelong mission of making her home an "open door" destination for family and friends, especially her young grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved so deeply.
She was preceded in death by many members of her large family, including her maternal grandparents, James Cleveland and Birtha Avie McElroy Caldwell; her parents, George Ira and Nellie Blye Caldwell; her first husband, Harolotis Dayton; her son, Harold Stephen Dayton; and her second husband, Harold Dean Crawford.
She is survived by her two daughters Karen Dayton McCarty (Richard) of Tupelo, Mississippi, and Stephanie Crawford Shipman (Bill) of Candler; two granddaughters; and stepson, Jeff Crawford (Brenda) of Mills River. She is also survived by a granddaughter, daughter of the late Harold Stephen Dayton, Jamie Dayton Putnam (Donald) of Waynesville; two great-granddaughters; her brother, Claude James Caldwell (Joan) of Maggie Valley; and her sister, Louise Caldwell Edwards (Dwain) of Waynesville.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Garrett's Funeral Home followed by a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes that in Mildred's honor, generous gifts of love will be made to charitable organizations that help children in need.
Garrett Funerals and Cremations is caring for the family. Visit www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.