Mildred L. Hummel

January 16, 1924 ‒ August 25, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Mildred Louise Hummel, age 97, U.S. Navy WW II Veteran and a longtime Delaware local artist passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Delaware Court.

She was born in Cleveland on January 16, 1924, to the late Barton R. and Georgia (Taylor) Griffith. A proud US Navy Veteran of WW II, she served as a telegrapher and attended The Ohio State University.

In 1991, she was named Delaware Artist of the year. She enjoyed teaching at the Delaware Arts Castle, where she displayed her art, painting, reading, and traveling around the country. Her favorite places were Tennessee, Florida, Scotland, and Australia. Mildred was a member of the Delaware Artist Guild, Critical Eye Group of Columbus, Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Worthington Area Art League.

Her life centered on caring for the needs of her family and art, specializing in watercolor. Forever generous, she was loving, kind-hearted, funny, and enjoyed life to the very fullest.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Susan Collier of Delaware, son Philip (Rita) Barlie of Holland, Ohio, grandchildren: David Warner, Stacy Warner, George (Kristine) Morrison, Teresa (Joe) Holub, Rhonda Browning, Philip (Lori) Barlie, 13 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Ann Griffith of Ashville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 33 years Franklin Hummel, infant daughter, grandson Chris Barlie, siblings Dan Griffith, Margaret Griffith, and Lois Sherman.

Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Delaware Court as well as Bella Hospice for their tender and excellent care of Mildred.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 19th at the Radnor Cemetery with Celebrant Tom Dea’therage officiating. To be followed by a celebration of life gathering at the Radnor Township Hall with military honors. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Delaware Arts Castle, 190 W. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015

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  • I was shocked and saddened to read about Milly’s passing. I am a resident of Radnor Township, and am the proud owner of two paintings that she did for me. She had a gift for capturing the the character of a personal residence. She did a painting of the home I grew up in, and the home where I currently live. As you all will miss her, be comforted by the fact that she led a rich, long life, and made many people happy with her gift of art.

  • Mildred was a one of a kind!, I am so thankful and honored to have the privilege to have known such a wonderful,intelligent woman . My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time . Phil and Rita your the best !!!! she was lucky to have you in her life , and hers in yours as well . Kelly

  • There are some very special people that pass through our lives and Millie was one of those- Always there for others and always willing to give that needed hug. I value every piece of art she painted. Will miss and love her.
    Love. Marianne

  • I got to know Milly at Delaware Court while my mother was there.She was one of my favorite folks there, as she was for my sister Beth also. She was always pleasant and fun to talk to, and witty. When I started singing and playing there as part of their entertainment activities Milly requested Georgia On My Mind, a song she liked because it reminded her of her mother. I played it for her every time I was there and it became a favorite of many of the residents. Milly’s other request was April In Paris and I regret I didn’t get it learned before covid shut down outside folks coming in, so I never got to play it for her. Beth and I both miss her.

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