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Mildred T. Sokolow passed away peacefully in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 31, 2015, with her son, Gary, daughter-in-law, Wendy, and grandson, Andrew, at her bedside. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Sokolow went to join her husband, David, and daughter, Cheryl, under the sheltering wings of the All Merciful.

She will always be remembered for her sense of humor and hospitality. Even on her deathbed, she reminded Gary and Wendy to offer drinks to the visiting nurses, doctors, and social workers. Up until the end, when she was asked, “Are you comfortable?” she would answer, “I make a living.”

Mrs. Sokolow was born in Baltimore, Maryland, May 26, 1927, to Avrum and Dora Tayman, owners of a small grocery store on Biddle Street. She grew up in Baltimore surrounded by her extended family of grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Her family members were always within walking distance and they developed deep bonds.

After World War II, she married her soldier boy and dance partner for life, David Sokolow, also of Baltimore. She had many jobs in her lifetime; however, her job as bridal consultant was the one that she treasured the most. During her 16 months in Tallahassee, one of her favorite TV shows was “Say Yes to the Dress.”

Mrs. Sokolow had good times as well as tragedy in her life; she lost her daughter to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. She and Dave traveled extensively with their friends, vacationing in London, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, and Israel.

Mildred and David were active members of Temple Israel in Orlando, and both were involved Hadassah. They were also volunteers with their congregation’s Bikur Kholim committee, visiting people in Orlando area hospitals, delivering good cheer and challah on Shabbat.

Mrs. Sokolow was preceded in death by her husband, David, and her daughter, Cheryl. She is survived by her brother, Bernard (Sheila) Tayman of Orlando; her son, Gary (Wendy) Sokolow of Tallahassee; and her two grandsons, Andrew of Gainesville, Florida, and Chase, of Shanghai, China.

She was interred next to her husband and daughter at Temple Israel’s cemetery in Gotha, Florida.


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