CUBA — Helen Louise “Mickie” Freehill, 78, of Cuba (Wee-ma-tuk), passed away peacefully at 12:20 p.m. April 20, 2019, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, while surrounded by her children.
A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Canton, with Father Jeremy Freehill and Father Daniel Ebker officiating. A rosary prayer service will be recited prior to the Mass starting at 11 a.m. There will be a luncheon following the Mass, as well as a private graveside service at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington. Cremation rites will be accorded by Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, Canton.
Mickie was born March 28, 1941, in LeRoy, to Donald and Jean Walden. Mickie married Donald Allen Freehill on Jan. 4, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria, and they were married for 51 years.
She is survived by her six children, Rick (Bev) Freehill, Tremont; Diane (Russ) Schiller, Hoffman Estates; Steve (Cindy) Freehill, Knoxville, Tenn.; Teri (Tom) Daly, Plano, Texas; Brenda (Jay) Stevenor, Boise, Idaho; and Matt (Candice) Freehill, Canton; 20 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Justin, Jeremy and Joshua Freehill; Benjamin, Hannah, Faith, Caleb and Lydia Schiller; Veronica and Abigail Freehill; Thomas, Caroline, Joseph, Eleanor Daly, Zachary and Micah Stevenor; and Meghanne, Rheannon and Brennan Freehill; and 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her precious infant granddaughter, Sarah Anne Schiller.
Mickie was a loving wife and mother. After her children were older, she started her career in health care services. Her career began at Brokaw Hospital in Bloomington. Once she and Don moved to Cuba, she began working for Graham Hospital in Canton. She made many great friends during her career and her lifetime. She proudly retired from Methodist College of Nursing as the financial aid director. She enjoyed living in Wee-Ma-Tuk where she nurtured her strong Catholic faith, the love of her grandchildren and her family and friends who brought many years of happiness. She was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for many years and served the Lord as a Eucharistic minister.
Mickie bravely battled reoccurring brain tumors for 20 years. Her family is forever grateful for the compassionate care she received at the end of her life by the OSF Neuro ICU, the neurosurgical unit and mostly the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Memorial donations may be made to the food pantry at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Canton, or the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.
To submit condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.