Mildred was born in Parke County April 12, 1924, the daughter of Roy and Ora (Combs) Powell.
Her adventurousness led her to become quite self-sufficient at an early age.
Mildred left school at the age of 16 to help her family.
For a period of time, she worked at a boat yard where she scraped the hull of boats before enlisting in the military.
In 1945, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps as a Med Tech.
She was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1947.
While in the military, she was stationed in Michigan, Phoenix and Texas.
Upon her return home, she married Kenneth Coleman.
Mildred worked at Indiana State University as a housekeeper and retired in 1987 after 15 years of service.
Mildred enjoyed playing Bingo and Euchre and getting together with her family for dinner.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Ora Powell, husband Kenneth Coleman, sisters Dorothy Taylor, Emma Davis, Lenora Head, Vallie Head and Gladys Williams, and brother "Buster" Landcaster.
Mildred is survived by sons Roy E. Coleman (Nancy), Kenny Coleman and Leroy Coleman (Sheila), daughters Phyllis Parksey (Wayne), Martha Ferguson and Joyce Coleman, sister Loretta Jenkins, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 11 a.m., until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Humane Society, PO Box 277, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.