Marjorie A. Brownfield 83, of Shelbyville, Illinois passed away peacefully at 12:25AM on October 6, 2014 at the Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Marjorie was born in Jacob, Illinois to Franklin Jefferson and Mary Jessie (Butler) Mifflin on July 15, 1931.
She was known by Marjorie Sullivan most of her career as a Special Education teacher. She married a school mate and long time friend, Shelby H. Brownfield of Boise, Idaho on May 24, 2003 at Shelbyville, Illinois. They lived about one-half of the year each in Boise, Idaho and Shelbyville, Illinois.They resided in a log home designed by Marjorie that she and her family built.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a very young sister, Martha Marie and her brother Russell Mifflin. She is survived by her husband, Shelby H. Brownfield, sister, Lenora Ziha of St. Louis, Missouri, sister, Mary and brother-in-law Leroy Morris of Springfield, Illinois, brother, Ellis and sister-in-law Agnes Mifflin of Shelbyville, Illinois, sister, Theresa "Trudy" and her husband Leroy Woesner of Shelbyville, Illinois and sister-in-law, Jean Mifflin of Camden, Missouri. She had no children but several nieces and nephews, Alan Morris, James Morris, Denise Coet, Cinda Meneghetti, Jean Saulsbury, Doris Coomer, Larry Mifflin, Linda Green, Betty Crank, Bob Woesner, Debbie Post, Joe Ziha, Cheryl Hoard, Lloyd Mifflin, Dale Mifflin, and Cherie Sunderman.
She was a much loved friend and respected step mother of Shelby’s 5 children and 3 step-children, Susan Roth, Nancy Raybourn, Shelby David Brownfield, Judy Brownfield, Lori VanLeeuwen, Laurie Hester, Cindy Rocha, and David Gasperson and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marjorie enjoyed gatherings with the family.
Marjorie received her bachelor and master's degree in Special Education from the Illinois State University. She taught at Argo-Summit School system in southern Cook County. She volunteered in the leadership at Des Plaines Valley Community Center for Homeless; as well as Battered Women and Children Shelter. She retired in 1992 and moved to Shelbyville, Illinois. She volunteered in the DT programs at Shelby County Community Services for over 10 years. She taught arts and crafts, and rug weaving.In addition, Marjorie participated in the SIU Memory Clinic and University of Illinois Counseling Schools Art Program for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients at The Hoagland Art Center in Springfield, Illinois.
Marjorie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since moving/retiring in Shelbyville, Illinois. She was the church treasurer and took care of the bills after the church was damaged by fire. She has traveled worldwide including two short term missions to Malawi, Africa where she taught in a Marian Medical Mission, Deaf School.
She will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday Oct. 12, 2014 in Lockart-0Green Funeral HoeHome. Rev. Sam Foskey will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM to time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home. Following the memorial service there will be a luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville.
Any gifts or donations can be given to First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville, Illinois or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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