Dad always called her PeeWee. We were blessed with the privilege of calling her mom. Though she stood barely five feet tall, mom was a giant when measured by the size of her love, compassion,
patience, and understanding.
Mom found her wealth in all the things money could not buy. Mom found treasure in life
and her real treasure was her family. Mom was able to see the goodness in each of us that we were
not yet able to see in ourselves. Though there was five of us, mom made each of us feel as though we
were the only one. Each one of us was her favorite. Just ask us.
Mom's love extended well beyond her family. A proud Irish woman, she loved and displayed
all things Irish. Naturally, green being her favorite color. Elephants held a special place in her heart
as well. Mom's compassion was always evident through her love and devotion to all God's creatures.
We were never without a dog or cat growing up. Mom's love extended to the many stray cats she fed
and sheltered through the years and her ongoing donations to animal care.
A family is a book. Many chapters written over a long period of time. Mom was always the
glue in the binding of that book that held each of those pages of the chapters together and just like
any good book, we always looked forward to the next chapter. You never want the story to end. The
Lord promises us seventy years and no more. The good Lord blessed us with eighty four. The book
was that good. Mom was that good. The story is not yet finished. Though Mom is starting a new
book in heaven, her story here continues with new chapters to come. Mom leaves behind a legacy of
new authors in; her 5 children, Janet Crescenzo(Phil), Donald Jr(Sharon), Douglas (Sherry),
Gregory(Stephanie), and Kevin (Colleen) along with 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 3
great-great-grandchildren, as well as a sister(Evelyn Lynch) and countless nieces, nephews, as well as countless others she held dear.
The chapters we write will undoubtedly pale in comparison to those she authored. The
hope of each of us should be that the chapters we write to add to her story continue to inspire each of us to follow the example she was.
Moms ability of instilling goodness in each of us while encouraging each of us to live up to
that goodness and loving each of us unconditionally whether we were able to or not. I will forever
define the unwavering love that was Mom. To know Mom was to love Mom. She made each of us
better than we knew we could be. That ability is heavenly. That type of love is a gift from above. Agift given to Mom that was a blessing to all that knew her. Truly a Proverbs 31 woman. Truly a
A Memorial Tree was planted for Mildred
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Padgett Funeral Home