Mildred Elva Cerato, 88, of College Place, Wash., died Dec. 11, 2003, on her birthday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. She was born on Dec. 11, 1915 in Santa Ana, Calif. to George W. and Mary Ella (Pearce) Todd.
In 1937, she married John A. Cerato and the couple lived and raised a family in California. After her husband died, Mrs. Cerato moved to Joseph in 1992 to be near her daughter. She was an active member of the Joseph Baptist Church, doing mission work, serving for a time as president of the women’s fellowship, and holding weekly bible studies at her home. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and collecting and dressing porcelain dolls.
Survivors include her daughter Venese Hampton of Joseph; her son, Jim Cerato of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Durman of Hoaquim, Wash.; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John, and three brothers.
Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at the Joseph Baptist Church with interment following at Prairie Creek Cemetery. Memorial contribution may be made to the Joseph Baptist Church, care of the Bollman Funeral Home.
Wallowa County Chieftain – Thursday, December 18, 2003 (Photo with Obituary)