Mildred L. Thompson

Mildred Louise Keys was born on December 12, 1925 to James Evarts and Elsie Chappell Keys in Louisville, Kentucky.  During the Great Depression, the Keys family moved to Montgomery County where they made their home.  Mildred was ushered into heaven to be with her Savior on the morning of July 12, 2017.

Mildred’s childhood sweetheart was Leland Thompson.  When Leland enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, Mildred left high school and sold his bicycle to buy a train ticket.  She then travelled to Gulfport, Mississippi so that she and Leland could wed before he was deployed to the Pacific.  That adventure began a marriage of 56 years.

Leland preceded Mildred to glory on July 26th, 2000.  Her parents, brother James Evarts Jr., sister Dottie Kincaid and great granddaughter Olivia Burge also met her in heaven.  What a wonderful reunion!

She is survived by five children, John (Mickie), Chris (Terri), Becky Ford, Dale (Cindy) and Tina (Tom) Bellendir.  She leaves twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her youngest brother, Bill Keys of Fairmount, IN, sister-in-law Jean Keys along with several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

After babysitting children in her home in the late 1950’s, Mildred started day care businesses under the names of the Tiny Tot Nursery and Pixie Playhouse.  Many local children were a part of her life  for those 13 years.  She was also the property manager at Cloverdale Heights for 18 years and once again worked in day care after retirement where the kids knew her as “Grandma”.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her savior as a 12-year-old girl and faithfully served the Lord.  She grew up in the Browns Valley Baptist Church and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crawfordsville for many years, later moving her membership to Rock Point Church to worship with her family.  For many years she was a teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and Financial Secretary at FBC.  She loved to practice her gift of hospitality and often hosted bible studies as well as singles and young adult groups in her home.  More recently she was a regular fixture on Saturdays at HUB ministries where she enjoyed helping people feel the love of Jesus.  In the early 1980’s she became concerned that many people were spending Christmas alone so she organized the Community Christmas Dinner, an annual event that still occurs each Christmas season.

Known by her love for the Lord, hard-working spirit and generous heart, she will be greatly missed by her family, which includes her church family and community at large.  Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we can boldly say that we will not “grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13) but look forward to being with her again.

Services for Mildred Thompson will be Saturday, July 15th at Rock Point Church 429 West 150 South, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 with calling from 1-4:30PM and funeral at 5PM with Pastor Terry Thompson officiating.  Burial will be at Freedom Baptist Church cemetery.  In lieu flowers the family requests donations in Mildred’s honor be sent to Hub Ministries, 406 S Mill St, Crawfordsville, IN  47933.


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15 thoughts on “Mildred L. Thompson

  • Kurt Flick

    My thoughts and prayers with the Thompson family.
    I went to school with Tina at Hose Elementary where I met her mother Mildred who had volunteered to be a chaperon at our McCormick’s Creek 6th grade field trip. I remember her as a kind and generous lady!

    Kurt Flick
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Pat Patton

    How blessed I was to have known Mildred for over 50 years. She was the sweetest most caring person, and just loved everyone. She was also a very positive person and a source of strength & comfort to me during the years my son was following a wrong path and struggling. I will always be forever greatful to her for her faith that my son would be okay. The last four or so years, I have had the honor of sharing in a prayer group with Joanie Menard, on the 1st & 3rd Thursday each month, at Whitlock House, of which Mildred was a faithful member. I have learned so much from Mildred and enjoyed sharing in this Bible Study with her. She is most certainly celebrating her arrival in Paradise with her King and I am also celebrating for her. My prayers and love go out to her family.❤️

  • Grant Tharp

    Chris & Terri along with the rest of your family –

    I’m just seeing this for the first time. I met your mother at Rock Point years ago. But I also remember her from The Hub when our flock, like many others, served there. What a delightful, loving and kind woman. She always had something positive to say. I also remember thinking how great it was that you all were in church together. No doubt Mildred made her mark on this world. No doubt she made an impact on many lives. Most importantly no doubt she lives!!

    We recently celebrated the life of my uncle who also knew the Lord. Prepare yourself for a great experience laying Mildred to rest. Thinking of all of you.

  • Dawn Mitchell

    I remember when we came to visit, Tina and I strolled our babies to Mid’s daycare center. She was great, she explained how she would take care of our babies while we were gone. When we came back our babies were napping, she went and got them ready for their walk home.
    This was also when the giraffe slide was finished and boy did I think that was the tallest slide ever!

    Mildred sure left behind a loving and caring legacy. She truly is a “Good and Faithful Servant”. She will be missed more than she could ever have dreamed. My Love and Sympathy go out to the family.

  • Jeff Zimmerman

    Chris: Just now learned of your mom’s passing. She was a really neat lady and I have many warm memories of her when we were kids at both the daycare and at your house. Please know you’re in our thoughts buddy!

  • Deborah Weliver

    Mildred will be missed. I first meet her at Friendship Kitchen. She loved passing out little gifts to the kids & being there for them. She had a great Love for being around people & sharing the word. My prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss.

  • Karen Bazzani Zach

    Haven’t seen Mid for a long, long time but I can so remember her laugh. She accomplished so much in life and raised such fine children. One GREAT lady and please share my condolences to family members.

  • Cheryl and Don Horn

    It was the summer of 1974 and Mildred helped our family of four get situated in Cloverdale Heights. That was a while ago! I always remember her friendliness. She was ever a dear person and certainly made an impression on me. I enjoyed seeing her from time to time during the years we lived in Indiana. Blessings especially to Chris and Terri.

  • Phil and Mel

    So sorry to hear about you’re loss. Know that you’re in our hearts and prayers. Sorry we are unable to attend the memorial but you’re in our thoughts.

  • Shirley Schirmer

    Rest In Peace dear Mildred. She’s my second cousin and had the biggest heart of anyone I know. She always had a smile for everyone. I can’t be there but will be in spirit. I love all of you kids. Take care!

  • Marsha Gleason

    My mom and I know we will see Mildred again someday! She was a beautiful person. We would like to let her family know that we will be praying for her family, for comfort and as they celebrate her life!
    Thank you,
    Marsha and Beverly Gleason