MILDRED KATHLEEN SPARLING, 93 of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Mattoon Health Care Center.
Mildred was born on March 24, 1922 in Coles County. She was a daughter of Marion F. and Hazel Marie (Callahan) Cobb. She married Raymond Denver Sparling on May 7, 1945 in Memphis, TN, he passed away in December 5, 1981.
Mildred is survived by three children, Loren Sparling of Rantoul, IL, Bonita Elder of Edwardsburg, MI, and Lana Phipps of Mattoon, IL; eight grandchildren: Chris Sparling, Shelly Coffey, Autumn Sparling, Jason Sparling, Doug Elder, Benjamin Elder, Quincy Phipps and Karly Phipps; five great-grandchildren, Logan Coffey, Bailey Sparling, Dyllan Elder, Wyatt Sparling, and Morgan Sparling; three brothers, Bruce Cobb of Mattoon, IL, David Cobb and his wife Dixie of Tulsa, OK, and Olaf Cobb of Makanda, IL, and one sister, Nelda Hacker and her husband Don of Vienna, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two children, Arthur Duane Sparling and Gayla Renee Sparling, two brothers, William and Joseph Cobb, and two sisters: Jennie Wickersham and Carol Davault.
Mildred worked at the Mattoon Hospital then Sarah Bush Hospital for many years, and later at KC Summers. She enjoyed cooking, flowers gardening, dancing, writing poetry, quilting and spending time with her family.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Edwards funeral Home. Rev. Logan Sparling will officiate. Burial will be in the Humboldt Cemetery.