Tabor City, NC
Mildred Elizabeth Smith Willoughby, age 96, of Tabor City, NC, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Summit Place of North Myrtle Beach, SC. Born January 15, 1924 in Seward, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Robert Hunter Smith and Blanche Myrtle McCartin Smith.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years: Clarence Colon Willoughby of Tabor City, NC; one son: Colon Willoughby and wife Tricia of Raleigh, NC; two daughters: Beth Willoughby Reilly and husband Dan of Lake Wylie, SC and Mary Willoughby and husband Chris Gruchawka of Sunset Beach, NC; eight grandchildren: Elizabeth W. Harrell and husband Cliff of Raleigh, NC, Mary Graham Willoughby and husband Joe Morahan of Raleigh, NC, Anne Grove Crutchfield and husband Rich of Greensboro, NC, Sarah Grove Myers and husband Matt of Columbia, SC, William Grove and wife Katie of Greenville, SC, Kate Gruchawka Taylor and husband Miles of Washington, D.C., Caroline Gruchawka of Jersey City, NJ and Sam Gruchawka of Chapel Hill, NC; ten great grandchildren: Wes, Lucy, Birdie, Millie, Iney, Mary Mac, Mac, Libby, William and Maggie.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother: Harvey Smith and four sisters: Mary Schelling, Myrtle Koop, Margaret Brocker and Dorothy Smith.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Tabor City Baptist Church. Visitation will be held one prior to the service in the church.
Burial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tabor City Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126, Tabor City, NC 28463.
A service of Inman Ward Funeral Home of Tabor City.
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