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Mildred M. Barnum

9/24/1927 - 2/4/2018

PEKIN ~ Mildred M. Barnum, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 4:29 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at her home.

Born September 24, 1927 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to Clarence A. and Cloie E. (Linn) Presley, she married Wayne T. Barnum on September 21, 1946 in Morganton, Arkansas.  He died March 19, 1996.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kathie Barnum; twin brothers, Harry Presley and Harvey Presley and one sister, Lorene Murphree.

Surviving are three sons, Charles (Cindy) Barnum of Sevierville, Tennessee, Jack (Lois) Barnum of Green Valley and Alan (Christa Pounder) Barnum of Pekin; two daughters, Karen Sidell and Linda Tindall, both of Pekin; eight grandchildren, Shelley Sidell, Andrea Brackney, Matthew Barnum, Jackie Barnum, Richie Tindall, Billy Tindall, Regina McGinnis, all of Pekin and Carol Lingenfelser of Haw River, North Carolina; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Sharon Barlett of Vilonia, Arkansas and one brother, Garry Presley of Morganton, Arkansas.

A homemaker, she worked in earlier years as a waitress at Andy’s Drive-in, Maid Rite, Cottage Café and Davidson’s.

She was big on family and especially loved her grandkids.  She was fond of birdwatching and enjoyed gardening and flowers.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Her graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.  The Rev. W. Lloyd Brock will officiate.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637.

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