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Shirley Mae Mills

December 19, 1929 November 12, 2019
Shirley  Mae Mills
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Obituary for Shirley Mae Mills

Shirley Mae Mills, 89, of Bloomington passed away Tuesday November 12, 2019 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
There will be a visitation from 2-4 PM on Sunday December 1, 2019 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be a private inurnment at First Federated Church Columbarium in Peoria at a later date.
Shirley was born December 19, 1929 in Chicago to Arvil Earl and Marguerite Kelly Cottrell. She married Richard Mills on December 5, 1952 in Glendale, CA. He survives. Shirley is also survived by her two children Cathleen (Robert) Shultz of Peoria, Lee Mills of Bloomington, two grandchildren Jay (Monica Cella) Shultz, Melissa (David) McGee and one great granddaughter Eleanor McGee. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Arvil Earl Cottrell Jr.
Shirley graduated from Hyde Park High School, Chicago in 1948. She then graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Illinois in 1952 where she was a member of the Theta Upsilon Sorority. She taught Adult Education sewing classes during the 1970’s and later worked at Illinois State University in the theatre costume department. Shirley was a longtime member of the HP Chapter of PEO. She enjoyed sewing and knitting and was a talented seamstress. Shirley cherished her summers at her cabin in Door County with her family. She loved and was loved by her family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to University of Illinois Foundation or the P.E.O. Foundation.
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