Mildred Schram, 102
Mildred Ida (Heikes) Schram, born in Dakota County on Aug. 8, 1915, to William Chester and Edna Luanna (Joyce) Heikes, moved her residence to heaven on Nov. 26, 2017.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Evangelical Free Church in Ponca. There will be a graveside service at the Ponca City Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca.
Mildred was the fifth child in the family which included Imogene (Blatchford), Earl, Faye (Mitchell), Ralph, Lawrence, and Una (Johnson). Una is the remaining surviving sibling. At the age of 11, Mildred lost her mother and for years had the responsibility of helping to raise her two younger siblings. She attended teacher’s college in Wayne and taught school in rural Wayne County.
Mildred married Charles Wesley Schram on June 2, 1938. They first lived south of Newcastle, then Obert, then Ponca. Their marriage was blessed with 11 children; Jean Ann Schram, Ponca; Edna Lou (Bernie) Kionka, Arvada, Colorado; Joyce (Roy) Reimer, Plattsmouth, Nebraska; Nancy (Terry) Jones, LaJunta, Colorado; Ralph (Connie) Schram, Alma Center, Wisconsin; Dan (Michele) Schram, Mission, Texas; Samuel (Wanda) Schram, Omaha, Nebraska; Mark (Karen) Schram, Ponca; Beth (Caleb) Foulks, Ponca; Timothy (Pam) Schram, Ponca; and Charles (Julie) Schram, South Sioux City.
Mildred lived out her personal faith in Christ, leaving a great legacy for family and friends. She encouraged and demonstrated a love of God’s Word and ordered books from The Christian Readers Library to pass that love on to her children. She listened to Christian radio throughout the day.
The family spent many evenings on the farm, particularly in the winter, playing hymns – with Mildred at the piano, Wesley on the violin, and the children on various instruments. Mildred and Wesley formed a vocal quartet with her sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Stanley Mitchell, which many enjoyed.
As her children grew up and left home, Mildred began to have time for quilting, and she made quilts for almost everyone in her family. She insisted on making them 100 percent with hand stitching, saying that machine quilting made the quilts too stiff. She also thoroughly enjoyed plants and birds.
Mildred was preceded in death by husband, Wesley; son, Sam; son-in-law, Roy; and grandson, Scott. She is survived by 10 children, 30 grandchildren, and 51 great-grandchildren with another on the way. She loved having them visit and they will all miss her loving influence.