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BLOOMINGTON — Mildred B. Bicknell, 76, Bloomington, passed away at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 1, 2011) at her home.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.

She was born May 17, 1934, in Gerard, daughter of Marshall and Beulah B. Trower Miller. She married Robert D. Bicknell on June 7, 1952.

Surviving are her husband, Bloomington; one daughter, Sharon (Brad) Roland, Bloomington; two sons, Rodney (Cathy) Bicknell, LeRoy, and Robert (Kathy) Bicknell, Bloomington; seven grandchildren, Sean (Kristi) Balonis and Amanda Balonis, both of Bloomington; Bobi Bicknell, Normal; Kami Jones, Bloomington; Amy Bicknell, Chicago; Kelly Bicknell, Denver, Colo.; and Paul Bicknell, stationed in Germany; and five great-grandchildren, Austin, Aija, Jordan, Joey and Phoenyx. Also surviving are one brother, Sidney (Jean) Miller, Bloomington; four sisters, Betty Shannon, Heyworth; and Doris Morris, Joyce (Chuck) Erdman and Marilyn (Jerry) Scogin, all of Bloomington; many nieces and nephews; and her dog, Smitty.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Billy Miller; and one infant sister, Sally Miller.

Millie attended Centennial Christian Church in Bloomington; was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan; a member of the VFW Post 454 Women’s Auxiliary; and a past cast member of the American Passion Play.

She was a homemaker and later in life worked for Weaver’s Rent-All in Bloomington. Millie was a beautiful wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone and will be remembered as kind and generous to a fault.

The family would like to thank the staff at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center & Hospice for all of their care and compassion during Millie’s time of illness.

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