Mildred Edgehill Richardson Vaughn, affectionately known as Mrs. Mildred or Mother, was the daughter of the late Rose (Ms. Rosie) Christian and George Edgehill. The first breath of life was on Sept. 9,1924, on the beautiful island of St.Thomas in Charlotte Amalie, V.I.
Mildred grew up in Savan in the Staabiland area. She was a proud Savanero and was to known to everyone. She assisted her mother by transporting buckets of water from the pipe by the deJongh Gut, collecting wood for the coal pot to cook their meals, helping to launder sailor and marine uniforms during the 1940s and other activities around the house.
During her early school days she attended Ulysses Grant School in Savan, which later became Logan Church, and Washington where she kept everyone busy. Mildred had a chance to work with her mother bathing the dead as it was called, or undertaker, but showed no interest. Her passion was cooking, therefore she helped her sister Christiana at the cook shop in Contant. Determined to be self-supporting, she tackled various jobs at an early age, working as a housemaid for several Jewish families and cooking for private households.
Happy days for her began when she was able to secure a job with the Virgin Islands government school lunch program in 1949 as a cook 1, then cook 2, and finally to supervisor. She supervised 26 schools, making sure that the children got a well-balanced meal (type A lunch) and making sure the cooks' records were kept straight and in order.
She retired in 1983 and joined the senior citizens group. She loved to cook and travel. She was involved in church activities such as the Girls Friendly Organization, and a proud den mother for the Cub Scout Troup No. 156 at All Saints Cathedral, to see her parade was a treat.
During her later years she attended a nearby church in Savan Christian Unity Church. As a devoted parent, she protected her children as a mother hen to her chickens. Most of all, in Savan no one could mess with her or her children or family, because the price to pay was great. Every Savanero would attest to that. She enjoyed singing sacred songs and solos, and she liked the old-time songs, especially songs from the Sanky.
Her attendance at funerals was exceptional. You would want to hear her singing. That was Mildred at the church and cemetery, as she encouraged others to sing up with a kind heart and a giving spirit. Many persons benefited from her abundance of gifts --- the Anguillians, Barbadians, Crucians, Antiguans and many others.
She was preceded in death by grandson, David Van Putten.
She is survived by her children; daughter, Linda Bryan Santos, Cynthia Bryan Benjamin, Avonel Fleming Joseph and Bettina Francis Bush Roberts; sons, Uriel Richardson and George Giles Richardson; grandchildren, Gene Bush, Eugene Bush, James Bush, Felicia Santos Patterson, Anita Santos Bravo, George Santos Jr., Sterling Benjamin, Stacey Benjamin Rosborough, Michael Richardson, Anjilita Resendes, Jakobi Richardson, Jonier Ehninger; great- grandchildren, Imina Thompson, Jacinto Thompson, Belinda Thompson, Jeffrey Francis, Benjamin Rosborough, Jordan Rosborough, Marshall Benjamin, Lawrence Benjamin, Annelle Bush, Tyrel Tachibana, Sierra Flesner,Sabastian Ehninger and Julian Ehninger; great-great grandchildren, Marshall Benjamin Jr., Sincere Richardson and Bilynn Flesner; and great-nieces and nephews, Horace Turnbull, Hazel Turnbull, Victor Green, Ina Braxton, Tina Braxton, Yvonne Bound and Ira Ward.
Mildred is survived as well by her son-in-law, Charles Benjamin; extended children, Doris Thomas Smith, Jackie Thomas Lewis, Ivy Thomas Monsanto, Brenda George, Marigold George Russell and Savan Stars Softball Team and extended family Walcot Fentona) Roberts and Assesleitha (England), Arnold Bryan Richardson, Selyven Bryan, Carroll Bryan, Bundy Bryan, Carvette Bryan, Linwood and Linda Rhodes, Randy Richardson, Daren Richardson, Leslie Richardson, Grace Christopher, Barbara Simpson, Camilitt Carty, Linda Rhodes, Darlene Paul, Dilles Roberts, Wendy Richardson, Rose-Ann Richardson, Mary Lopez, Marcel Santos, Anthony Dougherty, Mena Harrigan and family, Rebecca Brunn and family, Olive Venzen, Wilhelmina (Che wee wee) Setorie and family, Pastor Rawlins, Bishop Industrious and Congregation at Christian Unity Church, Father Tyler and Congregation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Mildred is survived as well by special neighbors, the Wheatley family and Hodge family; devoted family members; niece, Unah Petru Turnbull; great- nephew, Hubert Turnbull; many other family members; son-in-law, Charles Benjamin and two dogs CoCo and Blackie.