Mildred Greenwood

Unity, 1922-2020

Mildred A. Greenwood, 97, of Unity, and recently of John Day, died Jan. 27, 2020, at the Valley View Assisted Living Facility in John Day.

There will be a graveside service on June 10, 2020, at the Unity Cemetery; the time of the service will be announced later. There will be a reception at the Unity City Park following the graveside service.

Mildred Addie Packard was born on March 9, 1922, at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Sara Evie McGuire and Silas B. Packard. She was the oldest of seven children. She grew up in little towns in the Bartlesville area and went to school there until she was in ninth grade. One weekend, when Mildred was 15 years old, she went to her cousin’s community church, and there she met her future husband. Off and on they would see each other at country dances, box suppers, and weekend events. A few years later, Carl Greenwood asked for her hand in marriage when she was 18 years old. Their wedding was on June 10, 1940.

Carl and Mildred lived on his family’s farm in the Oglesby area on Hogshooter Creek. After working alongside his dad on the farm for a year, milking cows, farming, and selling the milk and cream, his parents retired and moved to town leaving the ranch to the young couple. Mildred worked alongside her husband, doing the farm chores, drawing water out of a well, washing laundry on a washboard and raising children. Carlene was born on May 29, 1941; Jay was born on Jan. 18, 1943; and Kay was born on April 27, 1945.

In 1947, Carl and Mildred decided to sell the farm, and they sold everything they had, packed up the kids and suitcases, and rode a train and moved to Unity. After a year, Carl was homesick and they moved back to Oklahoma. Their youngest son, Joe, was born on Jan. 31, 1949. Their family moved back to Oregon in 1957, and this time they stayed. Carl worked on a ranch in the Unity area for the next 40 years, and eventually passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2002.

Mildred and Carl enjoyed almost 60 years together, working side by side, farming and country living. Mildred remembered decorating a shoebox for a box supper and filling it with fried chicken and other goodies, and cake or pie. That evening the boxes would be auctioned off at the Box Social and Carl would try to buy Mildred’s box so he could eat supper with her!

Mildred also enjoyed playing in her family’s band every Saturday night for country dances. Mildred played the guitar, her dad played the fiddle, her brothers played fiddle and bass fiddle, and even her husband liked to play the guitar and fiddle. They were a little country band, called the Packard Cowboy Band, that brought great musical entertainment to the community on the weekends.

Mildred had many hobbies over the years including sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, baking, and she loved reading and crocheting dishcloths for people.

She is survived by her children, Jay Greenwood (Eddie June), Carlene Greenwood Herburger (Richard), Kay Greenwood Silva (Lee) and Joe Greenwood (Lea); one sister; two brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Greenwood, and her parents, Sara and Silas Packard.

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