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Medre Seals

Medre “Mildred” Walker Seals, 63, of Normal, passed away Feb. 2, 2019, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at City of Refuge Ministries, Bloomington, with Pastor William Bennett officiating and Suffragan Bishop Edward T. McGhee eulogizing. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Medre was born March 18, 1955, in Chicago, a daughter to Andrew and Rosetta Cooperwood Walker. She was married to Jimmy Seals.

Robert and Viola W. Davis raised Medre from 12 to 18 years of age. She attended Eastridge High School in Kankakee. She was baptized in the name of Jesus at 15 years old at the House of Prayer church, Kankakee.

Surviving are her daughters, Delisha Neal-Seals, Normal, and Medra (Phillip) Jones, Champaign. She had five grandchildren, Christian Neal, Avonni Brown, Davion Prude, Bryan Thornton Jr. and Phillip Jones Jr.; five sisters, Georgia Haywood, Viola Davis, Teola Briggs, Evelyn (Joseph) Mitchell, Myranne (Melvin) Cooper; two brothers, Jeremiah and Maurice Walker; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sarah Portis and Etta Veal; and four brothers, Andrew Walker Jr., Eddie Walker, Ricky Walker and Walter Walker Sr.

Medre received a bachelor's degree in social work from Illinois State University. She was employed as a social worker for many years, working at the Baby Fold, Bloomington Township, and finally the Housing Authority of Champaign County. She retired in 2017.

She attended Alpha & Omega Church in Bloomington, Monument of Faith Church in Chicago, and Lilly Church in Mackinaw.

Medre was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed.

Condolences and memories of Medre may be shared with her family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

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