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Mildred Mae Martin, 78, a longtime resident of Van, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at The Heights of Tyler.

Mildred Mae Martin (Simpson/ Irvin) was born Dec. 29, 1940, in Caney, Okla. to the late William Green Simpson and Emma Lois Brister Simpson. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Roger Dale Simpson, Billy Ray Simpson, Harvey Simpson, Nathan Simpson, and AB Simpson.

After attending Abernathy High School, she worked her way through the ranks of typesetting and publishing which included several newspapers.

She very quickly mastered expert skills in copy editing and data entry; which ultimately lead to her job at Raytheon E-Systems Inc., Aerospace and Defense for most of her long career.

In that position, she held a position with the highest civilian government clearance due to the sensitivities of her assignments.

It took her on several assignments around the world, including Australia and England. She relished the travel opportunities and made many, many friends along the way.

Millie, as she was most known by, was awarded several high honors of excellence for her outstanding work, which she truly loved.

Even though she enjoyed her work and travels, nothing compared to her love and devotion to her family here at home.

She was very kindhearted, never met a stranger, and was extremely generous to all. One of her favorite things to do was to prepare a big Thanksgiving meal every year for her entire family and their friends. Her dressing was a tradition.

When she wasn’t working or helping someone, she loved to go to garage sales. She always had an eye for things that could be useful to someone she knew.

Survivors include her two children, Greg Irvin and wife, B. J., of Ben Wheeler and Cheryl Farquhar and husband, Ross, of Van; stepdaughters, Susan Herring of Clarksville; Pam Worsham and husband, Robert, of San Antonio; and Gail Crider of Coleman; stepson, Allen Martin of Fruitvale; sister, Fadre Simpson of Murchison; brothers, Floyd Simpson of Dallas and Doug Simpson and wife, Diane, of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Rhiannon Sibley and husband, Johnathan of Ben Wheeler; Christopher Farquhar and wife, Brittany, of Ben Wheeler; and Nick Sacerdote of Cleburne; former husband, Paul Martin of Van; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Hillard Funeral Home with Pastor Kenneth Meadows officiating.