June 7, 1909-Feb. 11, 2003

COLVILLE, Wash. - Mildred C. Bestrom Flint, 93, of Colville, Wash., formerly of Ukiah and Pilot Rock, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Colville.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton, with burial at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.

Mrs. Flint was born June 7, 1909, at Colville, Wash., to Elmer and Betsy Bestrom. the family homesteaded 15 miles northeast of Colville in an area still known as Bestrom Meadows today.

When she was a small child, a forest fire burned the family homestead, barn, house and outbuildings, and the family moved to Ada, Minn., where they lived on her grandparent's farm. She attended a one room school near Ada.

The family later returned to the homestead near Colville, where she attended a grade school on the South Fork of Mill Creek. She graduated from the 8th grade there.

She later helped cook at various logging camps in the Colville area, where she met her future husband, Clarence Flint.

Mr. Flint logged his entire life in Washington and Oregon.

In July 1942, the family moved to Ukiah, Ore., where they lived for several years. After Mr. Flint's death, she moved to Pilot Rock to be near her son.

In later years, she lived at Buena Vista Care Center in Colville, and later at Pinewood Nursing Home in Colville.

Survivors include her children, Charles Flint of Medical Lake, Wash., Anna Mae Rowe of Prescott, Wash., and Leslie "Babe" Flint of Pilot Rock; grandchildren, Lynn Myers, Cynndi Mazi, Jill Collins, Jo Anne Byrd, Michael Flint, Doug Flint, Ken Flint, and Beverly Orcutt; 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, a son-in-law, Wayne Rowe, a granddaughter, Barbara Rowe Jackson, her parents and two brothers.

Bishop Funeral Chapel of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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