Mildred Annette Bynum was born on July 22, 1926 in Lamar County, Mississippi to the marriage of John Buel Bynum and Flora Jane McIver. She was a sister to Jessie Lois, Johnnie Louise and James "Jimmie" Wilder Bynum.
She graduated from Clem High School in 1943. After high school graduation, she enrolled in Pearl River Junior College in Poplarville, Mississippi where she appeared on the cover of the October 10, 1944 edition of the school newspaper, The Cadet.
She graduated from Pearl River Junior College with Special Honors in Business Education on May 25, 1945.
Mildred later received her teaching degree from Mississippi Southern.
She taught in several different schools in Mississippi; including a term at Prentiss High School and Woodville High School. In 1948, Mildred interviewed with Aubrey Brooks and Cameron Coney at a restaurant in the Eola Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi. They offered her a teaching position in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana and she accepted.
After moving to Sicily Island, she met Bruce Alfonso Edmonds who had recently returned home from serving in the U. S. Army. Mildred and Bruce were married on July 9, 1950.
Five children were born to this marriage between the years of 1951 and 1960. Mildred was blessed with seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
|With grandchildren, Mikey and Allye|
She retired from the Catahoula Parish School Board where she was a teacher and longtime bookkeeper and the Executive Secretary to a number of Parish Superintendents.
|She had a beautiful smile|
|A quick wit and an infectious laugh|
|A kind and gentle soul|
|And boy, could she cook!|
|Most importantly, she was Mama|
Mildred Annette Bynum Edmonds passed from this life on January 25, 2012. She is buried alongside her husband, Bruce Alfonso Edmonds, in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.
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