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Mildred Gresham

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[April 25, 2009]  ARMINGTON -- Mildred E. Gresham, 103, formerly of Armington, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 7:38 p.m. at TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta, Ala., where she had been a resident since March 2007. She had previously lived with her daughter Donna and husband in Blountsville, Ala., since 2000.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at Armington Christian Church. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with Melvin Gresham officiating.

Burial will be in Mountjoy Cemetery, rural Atlanta.

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gresham was mainly a homemaker but owned and operated Mildred's Cafe in Armington for several years.

She was born Sept. 4, 1905, at Parnell, Iowa, to Charles F. and Elmira Lyons Ransom. She married Milton C. Gresham on Feb. 20, 1924, in Clear Lake, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1976.

She is survived by three daughters, Donna (and Roger) Chappell of Blountsville, Ala., Wanda (and Skip) Kiesling of Fort Collins, Colo., and Leta Marlett of Heyworth; two sons, Ronald (and Carmen) Gresham of Minier and Melvin (and Marilyn) Gresham of Monticello, Ky.; 29 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; and 70 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, Burnell Paul, Charles Arthur and Gilbert Leroy; one grandson, Michael Gresham; one son-in-law, Bill Marlett; two sisters; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Armington Christian Church and did many things through her church, including volunteer work at the Lincoln Christian Nursing Home.

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One of her favorite pastimes was gardening and growing plants and flowers. While living in Alabama she enjoyed going to karaoke on Friday nights.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was dearly loved by her family and will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be made to the Armington Christian Church, 202 S. Monroe, Armington, IL 61721; New Beacon Hospice, 1901 Second Ave. East, Oneonta, AL 35121; Lincoln Christian Village, 1507 Seventh St., Lincoln, IL 62656; or a charity of the donor's choice.

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