Obituary – Mildred “Snooks” Mabyline Bland Harwell

Published 1:29 pm Monday, July 15, 2019

Mildred “Snooks” Mabyline Bland Harwell, 98, died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Oxford Health & Rehab in Oxford. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Johnny Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery. The visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until service time.

 Born on April l3, 1921, in Lafayette County, Miss., to the late Lucius Curt and Florence Lillian Harrison Bland, Mrs. Harwell was a member of Springhill Methodist Church. Mildred was one of 11 children. Her family farmed land on Race Creek in Lafayette County. Her family lived through many hard times and had to rely on what was grown in the garden to survive. ln 1944, she married Cleatus Harwell, and had one son, Danny, and one daughter, Bylinda. During her earlier years, she and Cleatus farmed. Later Cleatus became a carpenter and furniture maker. She worked for Kellwood Sewing factory and later worked for Chambers which became Whirlpool Stove Factory. After retirement, she enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing, and gardening. She loved watching the hummingbirds from her front window. She took care of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Sleet Harwell, and Cleatus until their deaths. She loved to cook and had a spread on the table for Sunday, always making sure family and friends had plenty to eat. She made sure the grandchildren were always taken care of. Her family and friends always felt welcome in her home. 


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Mrs. Harwell is survived by her daughter, Bylinda Pugh (Steve), of Oxford; son, Danny Harwell (Jeanie), of Paris, Miss.; sister, Lamoin Cain, of Meridian, Miss.; brothers, Byron Bland, of Horn Lake, Miss., and Billy Ray Bland, of Coker, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Ronnie Harwell, Julie King, Jeff Harwell, Marcie Humphries, Chasity Champion, Christina Pugh, and April Rogge; 16 great grandchildren and one great grandchild. 


The family expresses, with gratefulness, a thank you to Kindred Hospice, Dr. Shawn Helmhount, Dr. Hobbs, and Sue Stepp (caregiver).


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