Mildred Bernice Sorber, 98, of Atlantic, Iowa, and formerly of Adair, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Heritage House in Atlantic.
Mildred was born July 21, 1919, at home north of Dallas, South Dakota, the daughter of Clifford and Anna (Richter) Smith. She was raised around the Dallas, SD, area and graduated from Dallas High School in 1937. Mildred was united in marriage to Merlin G. Sorber in January of 1941. She and her husband moved to Iowa in 1944. They made their home in various towns including Perry, Fort Dodge, Rippey and finally Adair for more than 60 years.
She was a homemaker and bookkeeper for Merlin’s service station. After his death she was employed at Adair Feed & Grain as a bookkeeper. Mildred was active in her community and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Adair, church ladies circle, Hook & Ladder, VFW Auxiallry, Civic League, past officer of Sunnyhill Cemetery Association, and a leader for 4-H and Cub Scouts.
Mildred was above all a devoted mother and enjoyed entertaining the neighborhood children as well as her Grandchildren. She was a great seamstress and made a quilt for each great grandchild. Mildred also enjoyed gardening, playing cards and was an avid reader until her eyesight failed. One of the highlights of her life was accompanying her sister to Sweden for a family reunion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Sorber; her parents, Clifford and Anna Smith; her sons, Randy (infant), Dennis and Jerald; brothers, Gerald, John, Glenn, Marvin, Robert and Clair; her sisters, Carolyn and Catherine in infancy and Lois Myers; six brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.
Mildred is survived by her son, William (Sandy) Sorber of Johnstown, CO; Daughter, Verlyn (Peter) Bennett of Rockport, TX; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Lowell “Bud” (Linda) Smith of White Lake, SD, and Donald (Rosie) Smith of Gregory SD; her sister-in-law, Eldora Sorber-Whiton of Perry, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Adair United Methodist Church in Adair. Burial will be in the Sunnyhill Cemetery in Adair.
In lieu of flowers, Mildred’s family request memorials to the Adair United Methodist Church or the church ladies circle in her memory.