Mildred I. Tench
Mildred I. Tench
  • August 2, 1921 - July 20, 2017
  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

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Mildred Iona Patton Smith Tench, 95, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Hidden Valley Nursing Home, Oak Hill.

Born on August 2, 1921 at Pear, WV, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Naomi Plumley Patton.

Mrs. Tench was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William Ray Smith, and her second husband, Jesse Lawrence Tench; son, Fredrick William Smith; sisters, Edith, Opal, and Tina; brothers, Oral and Carl; and two great-grandsons, Park Fox and Lane Howard.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Jim (Jane) Smith and Mike (Donna) Smith; daughter-in-law, Linda Smith; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 11 am to noon at the funeral home.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials in Mildred Tench’s memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation or Fredrick W. Smith Scholarship Fund at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine at Lewisburg, WV.

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The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.