Mildred Claris Pasley
Mildred Claris (Coffey) Pasley, wife, mother, caretaker, and friend, passed away Wednesday morning, October 7, at the Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford, Illinois. She was 93.
She was born at Denmark, Kentucky, October 24, 1921, the daughter of Welby and Elva Coffey. Though moving to Illinois in 1938, her yesteryears were always buried deep with memories of Kentucky. Arriving in Illinois, the family settled as tenant farmers on the Styan farm just outside of Sadorus, Illinois. Mildred graduated from Sadorus High School and set out on her own, securing a position with the Piggly Wiggly Markets as their first female clerk.
Near the end WWII, Mildred married her to-be-husband of 67 years, James Ora Pasley, and set up their household in Mahomet.
Mildred was an active member of the Mahomet community — belonging to the Mahomet United Methodist Church, Legion Post 1015 Auxiliary, Helping Hands and countless community projects.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, James Ora Pasley, her father, Welby and mother Elva Coffey, and her brother Allen. Mildred is survived by one daughter, Deborah Brumm and one son, Gregory (Barbara) Pasley, both of Mahomet; one grandson, James Kenneth (Paula) Brumm of Houston, one granddaughter, Kate (Pasley) Donahue and two great-grandsons, Jaden and Alexander of Mahomet; a sister, Marlene (Richard) Schaede of Marion and family; a brother, Larry Coffey of Gifford and family, as well as loved nephews and nieces.
We will always remember that for our mother, “family was always first.”
Visitation and Celebration of Life services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Mahomet on Monday, October 12. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., and the service immediately following. The Rev. John K. McIntosh will officiate.
Interment will conducted at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
The family requests that any monetary gifts be given to the Mahomet United Methodist Church or the Gifford Country Health nursing home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.