Mildred Mercer Townsend of Red Springs passed away at Morrison Manor on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at the age of 95.
Mildred was born in Robeson County on November 11, 1927, to the late James and Juliet Sellers Huggins. Mildred grew up in Robeson County and graduated high school in 1944. She later attended and graduated from Women's College, now UNC-Greensboro, with a bachelor's degree in home economics with a concentration in food services.
She married N.P. Mercer on September 17, 1949, resided in Shannon where they started a family. Mildred taught in the Cumberland and Robeson County School Systems. Upon having children, Mildred left teaching so that she could be with her three daughters. Once the children were old enough to attend school, she went back to teaching. She was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Red Springs. She served in various positions and even taught Sunday School for 35 years. Her greatest joy was making a wonderful life for her children and serving her church. She lived a full and complete life of 95 years.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, N.P. Mercer, and her second husband, Earl Townsend.
She leaves behind her three daughters, Carolyn Haggins (Willard) of Burlington, Jane Danford (Mike) of Raleigh, Linda Davis (Ted) of Wilmington; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jason Haggins of New York, Elizabeth Reich (Emerson) of Hampstead, Matt Danford (Ryce) of Raleigh, Marshall Davis of Wilmington, Owen Davis (Camille) of Cary, Russell Davis of Wilmington; four great-grandchildren, Addison and James Reich, John Matthew and Charlie Danford.
A graveside service will be held in the Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 48, Red Springs, NC 28377.
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