Mildred Kurth, 1922-2017

Published 1:00 am Monday, September 25, 2017

Funeral services for Mildred Luella Kurth will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1721 Bay Oaks Drive in Albert Lea. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery.

Mildred died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea.

Mildred Kurth

She was born May 4, 1922, the third child of John Adolph Johnson and Hattie Malene (Knutson) Johnson, on the family farm near Pequot Lake.

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During World War II, she worked in Minneapolis at an aircraft factory. Following the war, her brother, Russell, brought his Army buddy George Kurth home with him. After time together and the exchange of many letters, George and Millie wed in Pequot Lakes.

Shortly after the birth of their son, Larry, in 1949, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began visiting the family, eventually resulting in their joining the Mormon faith. Sons Steven and Rodney were welcomed to the family in 1953 and 1959.

Millie worked as a skilled seamstress for many years at Boyum Tailor Shop in Albert Lea until it closed. She served in numerous responsibilities in the LDS church, including being president of the women’s organization for 14 years. Even in retirement she prayed for guidance on how she could serve, and often impressions would come as to where she should go and who needed help.

She expressed her love for her family and friends through the food she made and the cookies and other treats she baked. She found great joy in her posterity. In declining health for many years she patiently waited on God to take her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brother, Russell Johnson; sister, Mabel (Johnson) Beyschau; grandson, Andrew; and great-grandson, Kegan.

She is survived by her sons Larry and Carol (Silver), Steve and Leslie (Marty) and Rod and Shanna (Hurlock); 18 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

In consideration of the lifelong service Millie gave to others, people are asked to please consider a donation to the LDS Humanitarian Fund in lieu of flowers.