Mildred Kelley

Mildred Kelley

Mildred Kelley, 88, of Bush, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at her home.   

She was born on May 17, 1930, in Arcola, the daughter of Daniel W. and Thelma Grace Wilson Simpson.  

She married William M. Buck Sr. on Nov. 19, 1947. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1955. Later, she married Elbert Wayne Kelley in December of 1964. He preceded her in death in November of 1997.

She is survived by her daughters, Thelma “Betty” (Mike) Davis of Anna, Charolete (Bob) Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., and Diana Lynn Buck of Anna; a son, Daniel (Nyla) Buck of Bush; one stepdaughter, Rina Kelley of Ringoes, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Allis Bellamey of Christopher; two brothers, Frank Simpson of Harbeson, Del., and Sam Simpson of Anna; other relatives and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; a son, Bill Buck Jr.; two grandsons; two granddaughters; one sister and three brothers.

She was a member of the Hurst Christian Church.  She worked as a seamstress for most of her life. She loved quilting and made many quilts throughout the years for her family.

Funeral services for Mildred Kelley will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro,  with the Rev. Greg Parker officiating. Interment will be in the Mound City National Cemetery.  

Friends can call after 10 a.m. and until the service hour at 11 a.m.  

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

To leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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