Mildred La Blanche Price Spencer Laws

unknown - November 3, 2011

Mildred La Blanche Price Spencer Laws, fondly referred to as "Midge", passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2011, in her home in Jefferson City, in the presence of family friends. Mildred was born February 15, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., to the union of Steven and Blanche Merciful Price. Mildred was the first child of four siblings who have preceded her in death: Steven Price, George Price, and Shirley (Price) Hampton-Johnson. Mildred was a member of Second Baptist Church in Jefferson City and the Congregational Church of Park Manor, United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., which she joined in 1976. Prior to moving to Jefferson City, Mildred served at Congregational Church of Park Manor as chair of her birth month circle-February, co-chair of the annual tea, the church yearbook committee for two consecutive years, co-chaired the Christian World Mission and coordinated the church retreat. In addition, Mildred served on the Scholarship Committee, Trustee Board, and Stewardship Councils House to House Campaign, Nominating Committee and Facilitator for the Rainbows for All God's Children and co-chair of the Women's Fellowship. In 1997 the Congregational Church of Park Manor selected Mildred Woman of the Year for her devotion to family, friends, community, profession and church. Mildred was educated in the Chicago School system. She attended St. Anslem Catholic and Sherwood Public Elementary Schools, DuSable High School, and Peter's Business College an Wilson Junior College. After starting her family, Mildred continued her education at Chicago State College where she earned a Bachelors of Education in 1955, Masters degree in Education Counseling and Guidance in 1967, and Certification in General Administration in 1988. Mildred married Woodie Spencer on October 12, 1946, and to that union begot her only child, Benecia Raynell Spencer Williams "Penny." In August of 1970, she married Henry Laws. Mildred's career, as a Professional Educator began at Douglas Elementary School where she worked 20 years specializing in the education of at risk students. Later she transferred to Ryder Elementary School as an Assistant Principal and was Acting Principal for three years. Mildred was most proud of the Ribbon Pinning Ceremony she initiated for eighth graders at Ryder Elementary, and the article on the Classroom Credit Union that she operated with Drexel Bank that was published in the Chicago Teacher's Journal. In addition to administrative duties at Ryder Elementary, Mildred taught baton twirling to young ladies for the Bud Bilikin Parade and the St. Anslem Skating Show. She was a member of the Richard B. Harrison Players and has held various offices in the Leaguers of the Chicago Urban League for over 30 years. In her spare time, she was also a Do-See-Doer with the square dancers at St. Mark and a member of the Posse. In August of 1997, Mildred moved to Jefferson City with her daughter and son-in-law, Ronald Williams. She came out of retirement and accepted the position of Lincoln University Campus Representative for Missouri Credit Union. While working on campus, Mildred met and made many friends. She became a Zebra and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Epsilon Omega chapter. Mildred La Blanche Price Spencer Laws was a phenomenal woman who loved and enjoyed life and took pride in the achievements of her family. She knew how to brag, never met a stranger, and enjoyed the company of her friends and all people. Mildred especially loved to fraternize with her lifelong friends the "Big Five," Mildred, Annie, Lillie, Dorothy, Jessie. She loved to play at bridge with the "Zebras," organize social events, entertain in her home, model, and shop. Mildred is survived by her daughter Benecia "Penny" Williams (Ron); grandchildren, Ronald W. Williams II (Jill) and Benecia Renee Williams, Pam Swenson (Todd); great-grandchildren, Evan Swenson, Bakari Thomas, Christen Swenson, and Ian Swenson; cousins, Sadie Ashby Connolly, Ruth Wooldridge Helen Moore; nieces and nephews, Simuel Hampton, Stephanie Ruffin, Michael Hampton, Dwayne Hampton, Vernon Price, and Andre Price, Dishonn Johnson; special nieces, Pat Berry and Pam Pickett; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, family and friends. Friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2011, at the Second Baptist Church, 501 Monroe Street, Jefferson City. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church. Additional visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at the Park Manor Congregational Church, 7000 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Park Manor Congregational Church. Interment will follow in Lincoln Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Lincoln University SMP, Jefferson City. Arrangements are under the direction of the HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, (573)636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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