DECATUR -- Mildred I. Bohlen, 95, of Decatur passed away peacefully on Veterans Day, November, 11th, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital with her family at her side.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Grace United Methodist Church with Senior Pastor Sig Bjorklund officiating. Visitation will be at the church an hour prior to the service. Burial will be at La Place Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Foundation Fund.
Mildred was born August 5, 1922 at the Lintner farm home of her parents, Irl C. and Bernice M. (Duncan) Robinson. She attended the one-room elementary school at Lintner and graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1940. She attended Business school in Champaign prior to employment at Illinois Power Company and at Mueller Co., where she retired in 1981.
She married Charles Arthur Bailey in 1946. Their daughter, Donna Kay, was born March 9, 1950. Mildred married Walter D. Boyd August, 1969; Walt passed away in December, 1971. She met Wayne H. Bohlen at ballroom dance class and they were married March 7, 1975. For many years they enjoyed dancing, playing golf, and traveling, especially to Hawaii. Her husband, Wayne, preceded her in death in 2013.
Mildred joined Grace United Methodist Church in November, 1952, and was a member of the M & M Sunday school class there. Throughout those years, she taught Sunday school, was a member of the UMW and volunteered as a financial clerk and as an office receptionist. Mildred also volunteered at junior golf tournaments and at the Futures Golf Tournaments. She was a member of the All-States Couples Bridge Group and enjoyed all kinds of card-playing, as well as flower gardening. She continued to play cards and games while a resident at Randall Residence.
She leaves her daughter Donna Kay (Bailey) Swartz (Tom) of Decatur/ Florida, stepson James W. Bohlen (Sue) of Texas/California, stepdaughter Pat (Charles ) Fellman of Illinois; grandchildren: Chelsea (Swartz) Renfro (Jake) of Missouri: Bradley T. Swartz (Jen) of Forsyth, Illinois, Lora (Fellman) Moy (Raymond) of Florida, Julie (Fellman) Chevett (Mike) of New York and Kermit Bohlen of California. Great grandchildren are Bailey, Arthur and Kaylynn Renfro, Bianca and Harper Swartz, Adeline, Charlotte and Oliver Moy and Josephine Chevett. Her sister Ruby Hendrix of Monticello and brother Harold Robinson of Decatur preceded her in death.
The family thanks all of Mildred’s friends who brought so much joy to their Mom’s life. The family would like to thank the Randall Residence, the DMH emergency room, and the professionals on the 5100 floor of DMH, and especially to Dr. Bill Franklin and his staff for all the kindness she received.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com