Mildred L. Waltman, formerly of El Dorado, passed away on Sept. 12, 2018

Mildred L. Waltman, 92, passed away on Sept. 12, 2018, at Collier Hospice in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 20 18, at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home in El Dorado.  Burial will be in Sunset Lawns Cemetery, El Dorado.

Mildred was born on Feb. 6, 1926, in Chaonia, Mo., the daughter of William G. and Maude K. (Classick) Cooper. Mildred was a 1944 graduate of Eureka High School, going onto earn her degree in education at Emporia State Teacher’s College and her Masters of Education degree from Wichita State University. She began her career in education at the Butler County #8 School for five years before teaching in El Dorado fifth grade at Washington Elementary and later seventh grade English at El Dorado Junior High School, retiring after 34 years in education. Mildred was united in marriage to Harold “Sarge” Waltman on May 15, 1946 in El Dorado. Mildred was a member of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Kansas Teachers Association and enjoyed her coffee time with fellow retired teachers.

Her greatest joy was her family which includes: her daughter Margie (Tony) DiVirgilio of Broomfield, Colo.; daughter in law, Carol Waltman of Andover; grandchildren, John A. (Robyn) DiVirgilio of Broomfield, Colo., Ann (Suzette) DiVirgilio of Santa Cruz, NM, Jeffrey (Kim) Waltman of Wichita and Jennifer Guardiola of Andover; great grandchildren, Haley, Owen, Chloe, and Hunter DiVirgilio, Kinley and Reed Allen Waltman, and Jennifer Alex and Avery Guardiola; sister, Marge Campbell; brother in law, Perry Waltman of Newton; sister in law, Marie Waltman of El Dorado; and her adopted daughter Susan Ellis of El Dorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sarge in 1965; son Richard Waltman; and six siblings.

Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to KPTS Public Television for Wichita. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Mildred at