Memorial: Mike Toomer, 1925-2013 |

Memorial: Mike Toomer, 1925-2013

Vail, CO Colorado
Mike Toomer

Mildred “Mike” Louise (Shiflett) Toomer, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22. She passed away at Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle.

She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Richmond, Va., to Pendleton and Mary Louise (Bowles) Shiflett. She grew up in Virginia and graduated from Farmville State Teachers College. She taught first and second grade in Portsmouth.

On June 30, 1951, Mike married Livingston “Wiss” Kennedy Toomer. In 1954, they moved to Burns, to a cow camp on the Benton Ranch high in the mountains. They raised their three sons – Jim, Bob and Tom – on the ranch. Mike taught in the one-room schoolhouse in Burns, then taught in Eagle, commuting to the ranch on weekends. In 1993, when the ranch sold, they moved to Gypsum. She retired after teaching for 20 years in Colorado.

In 2010, Mike moved to Crossroads Assisted Living. She thoroughly enjoyed her time there and greatly appreciated their loving care.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiss; her three brothers Bobby, Pendleton and Thomas; and her sister “Shippy.”

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She leaves behind three sons, James (Kathy), Robert (Penny) and Tom (Linda); 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Eagle Baptist Church on Tuesday. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Assisted Living at 375 W. 24th St., Rifle, CO 81650.

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