Mildred Jenkins Buckles was born November 5, 1917 in Gracemont, Oklahoma to Ivy and Alice Jenkins. She was the oldest of six: Novella, Helen, Maxine, Billy and Shirley. She graduated from Coldwater High School. After school she met and married Ted Kruckenberg at the age of 19. They lived on a farm in Isabel, sharing the county line of Pratt, Kingman and Barber. Mildred and Ted had three children: Marcia Jo, Dwayne Allen and Gary Dean. She was a proud grandma of several grandkids, great grandkids and great great grandkids. After Ted passed, she met and married Hilbert Buckles. Mildred was a housewife when her kids were little. After the kids had grown, she became a CNA at Cunningham and eventually became the Administrator of Kiowa Manor. She enjoyed making pony beads (necklaces), Zipper pictures (one is proudly displayed in her room) and butterflies out of soda bottles and sold them around town. Her favorite vacation spot was Arizona where a big circle of friends met every year and enjoyed the gatherings. Mildred was recently recognized for her more than 50 years of service with the Auxiliary, a very proud moment for her. She sold poppies every year for Memorial Day. Mildred currently enjoyed attending church service and bingo and loved to receive visitors and chit chat with friends.
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She is preceded in death by both husbands; daughter, Marcia Jo; son, Gary Kruckenberg; brother, Billy and sisters, Maxine, Shirley and Helen.
Funeral service for Mildred was held on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Kiowa First Christian Church with Rod Rieger officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery near Hazelton with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. www.lanmanmemorials.com
Memorials may be made to Ladies Auxiliary of Kiowa District Hospital through the funeral home.
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I am saddened to learn of the passing of my Aunt Mildred.
I am the only child of Hilbert Buckles' brother Hubert R. Buckles. I live in Topeka, Kansas.
I found out by accident, doing some genealogy work online today. I thought someone would have notified me so I could have attended the funeral. So, this has hit me rather hard. But, there are so few family members left now, very sad, so maybe that is why I did not know.
She was a dear soul, always cheerful, positive, and helpful. What a wonderful long life.
I will drive down and pay my respects at her graveside.
Give my love and best regards to her family.
Love and Hugs,
Nephew Craig Buckles
Time has slipped away so quickly. My love and condolences go out to my cousins and others who were cloose to Mildred. She was always so kind and open.
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