Mildred Catherine Clifford, 104, of Farmer City, passed away 5:50 a.m. Friday (Oct. 26, 2018) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.


A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, with the Rev. James P. Henning, OFM, Conv., officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. A Rosary service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home by Deacon Scott Whitehouse.


Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


Mildred was born March 16, 1914, in Farmer City, a daughter of John James and Catherine Trenkle Clifford. She is survived by many nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John, Paul, and the Rev. Charles Clifford; and two sisters, Margaret Freeman, and Mary Magee.


After high school graduation, Mildred entered nurses' training in Bloomington. She went on to study dress designing in Elgin. During World War II, she was employed at W. Lewis & Co. in Champaign in the Millinery Department. Returning to Farmer City, she became active in civic and church affairs. She served the Bloomington Deanery of the National Council of Catholic Women as president in 1948-1950.


Mildred was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City. She served as the organist for Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. She did volunteer work at Jackson Heights Nursing Home in Farmer City. Mildred also served on the Library Association Board and was a member of the Shakespeare Club in Farmer City.


To know Mildred was to be blessed.

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