MILDRED ELIZABETH MILLER, 93, of Arcola, IL passed away at 4:45 P.M. on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Mason Point in Sullivan, IL.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, December 2, 2013 at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola, IL. Father Delix Michel will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola, IL. A Rosary Service will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Edwards Funeral Home.
Mildred was born on August 10, 1920 in Coles County, IL. She was a daughter of Thomas Paul and Ethel Elizabeth (Craig) Conlin. She married William Earl Miller on December 25, 1942 in Gainesville, FL. He passed away on November 19, 1997.
Mildred is survived by eight children, Bill Miller and his wife Sandy, of Sullivan, IL, Nancy Rennels and her husband Gerald of Charleston, IL, Barbara Miller-Schuler of Estero, FL, Roger Miller and his wife Jo-Ann of Apopka, FL, Jim Miller and his wife Linda of Mahomet, IL, Beth Hainzinger and her husband Scott of Verona, WI, Pat Miller and his wife Angie of Monroe, WI and Gary Miller and his wife Julie of Pesotum, IL; thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four brothers, Francis Thomas Conlin, James Glen Conlin, John Paul Conlin and Charles Harold Conlin.
Mildred graduated as the valedictorian from Arthur High School in 1937 at the age of 16. She worked several years as a secretary at Arthur High School. Later in life, she enjoyed working at many places in Arcola and visiting with all of her friends.
Mildred was well-known for her baking prowess in the community. Her specialty was her meringue pies of all flavors. Many people regularly called her to get one of her meringue pies for their birthday.
Mildred was especially proud of the fact that all eight of her children graduated from college, including several master’s degrees and advanced doctoral study. Over the years, she and Earl frequented sporting events of both their children and grandchildren. No one enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, Fighting Illini basketball and Arcola Purple Rider events more than her.
She was a member of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola, IL; the Alter & Rosary Society and had assisted Monsignor Haggarty with several parish tasks.
Mildred will be missed by her family and friends and her memories will be cherished forever. Her family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Mason Point who cared for her the last three and one half years and always took extra special care of “Millie.”
Memorials may be made to Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church.