On April 21, our beloved Mimmie died in Midland Hospice having been injured in a fall the previous week. She was buried in the Eldorado cemetery on Saturday April 24th after a beautiful service at the First Baptist Church of Eldorado, where she was a member for the most of her life. Mildred May Kent was born in Crockett, Texas in Houston County on September 21, 1907 to Albert Ephraim Kent and Carrie Cummings Hill Kent. The family moved to Schleicher County in 1909 traveling in a covered wagon. After farming south of Eldorado for several years, Albert died of influenza in 1918, leaving a widow with nine children. Cummie managed to buy a home for the family in town in 1921, where the Kent family lived until all the nine children had finished high school and left home.
Truett Stanford had attended Baylor University, and after coming home, he and Mimmie were married on November 18, 1928. With the support of Sandy and Lula Stanford Truett and Mimmie established a home on the farm and ranch 10 miles west of Eldorado, where they lived for 42 years. There were four sons born and grew up on the farm. All of Mimmie’s large, extended family have only happy, joyful memories of the times spent at the ranch.
Mimmie’s passing marks the end of an era. She was preceded in her death by her husband, Truett, her parents, eight brothers and sisters: Albertine Kent Foster, Inez Kent Alsup, Tom Kent, Maud Kent Waldrep, Pauline Kent Means, E L ”Buck” Kent, Luther “Pokie” Kent, and Lillie Bell “Pat” Kent May. She is survived by her four sons, Albert L. Stanford of Midland, Truett K. Stanford of Los Banos, California, Jack W. Stanford of Brownwood, Joe R. Stanford of Fallbrook, California, eleven grandchildren, thirty one great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
Mimmie has been known for her loving caretaking through her wonderful cooking, her gifts of crocheted handcraft and painted china. We remember her for her snappy dressing, her love of shoes, and her sweet, loving personality. In her later years, she never complained, and when complimented, she always said ‘well, the Lord has been good to me’. Our sweet Mimmie has been with us so long that it is hard to imagine life without her. She will be greatly missed.