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Mildred Faye (Smith) Baney, 88 – Passed December 21, 2018

Mildred Faye (Smith) Baney passed away on December 21, 2018 at the age of 88 at her home in Grayson, Kentucky.

She was born in Cabool, Missouri, on March 22, 1930, the daughter of Charles Walter and Cecil Mae (Ruby) Smith of Norwood, Missouri. She and her older sister, Eva Mae, are part of a vanishing era of children getting their education in a one-room rural schoolhouse.

She wed John Baney, a World War II veteran, and their union was blessed with four daughters, Dianna Kay, Lois Elaine, Rita Gay and Lora Lynn. Baptized at an early age at a church camp, she remained steadfast giving praise for blessings to her Savior Jesus Christ. Early life with her family was spent near Caldwell, Idaho, with John employed in the fruit orchards and Mildred working at a food processing plant in the area. Several years she was employed by the Nampa, Idaho, State School for handicapped children. She was “Your Friendly Avon Lady” and owned a gently used clothing store for many years. Mildred moved to Kentucky in 2003 to be near her daughter, Rita Duncan. She enjoyed country and gospel music, day trips with Rita and family to see the beautiful scenery of Kentucky and visiting historical sites such as the Loretta Lynn birthplace. She made many friends and relished the excursions with her friends at Chapel and Friendship Houses in Grayson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by John; a granddaughter, Renee Lynn Speake; grandson, Steven Wayne Bowling; great-grandson, Christopher Sigman; and a great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Sigman.

She is survived by her sister, Eva Mae Mullins of Cabool; daughters, Dianna Kay Baney of Willow Springs, Missouri, Lois Speake and Lora Melton of Cabool, and Rita Duncan and husband, Jerry of Olive Hill, Kentucky; five granddaughters; four grandsons; many great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 24, 2018, at the funeral chapel. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at