Mildred Gertrude Holtsclaw, 97

Mildred Gertrude Holtsclaw, 97, of Pullman passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born Dec. 28, 1921, to Lorenze Forrest and Bessie Carolyn (Bailey) Huddleston in Mt. Home, Ark.

Mildred was a homemaker with her focus on her family. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and enjoyed watching Animal Planet and Wrestling on TV. She also cherished her time reading her Bible. In her younger years, Mildred enjoyed raising her flower and vegetable gardens.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Claude Cecil Holtsclaw; three sons, Jimmy, Cecil Jr., and Wayne Theo Holtsclaw; siblings, Raye, Mattie belle, Anthony D., James Virgil, Jewel (Theo), Imogean (Imar) and Hazel Huddleston; and grandchildren, Mack Gentry and Joseph Fitsgerald.

Mildred is survived by her sister Murtyle Huddleston Duty of Holland; children, Carolyn Holtsclaw, Rose Gentry and Thomas Holtsclaw; grandchildren, Gina Vernon, Robin Martin, Amanda Gonzalez, Kenneth Gentry, Richard Vernon, Jerry Vernon, Stacy Gentry, Bessie Gentry, Kelly Fitzgerald, Donna Ranson, Rhonda Raymond, Katina Andrews, Chelly (Mickey) Ann, Danny Holtsclaw, Darrien Holtsclaw, Chris Holtsclaw, Brian Holtsclaw, Stanley Holtsclaw, Barbara Holtsclaw and Angeal Dawn McKelvey.

Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 9, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will follow memorial services at 1 p.m. with Pastor Eric Jarvis officiating at the funeral home. Mildred will be laid to rest at Douglas Cemetery in Douglas.

Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven, (269) 637-0333.


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