Mildred E. “Millie” (Chipman) Shafer

Mildred E. “Millie” (Chipman) Shafer, 69, of Canton, IL, formerly of rural Lewistown, lost her courageous battle to breast cancer on June 2, 2017 at 7:50 P.M. at Graham Hospital extended care.

Millie was born on October 1, 1947 in Canton, IL to Ray and Doris (Means) Chipman. She is survived by her son, Michael S. (Missy) Wilkinson of Lewistown, IL, and her daughter, Kelly L. (Darrell) Patraw of Dunfermline, IL; two granddaughters, Whitney Wilkinson and Karly Patraw, and one sister, Laura (Jim) Hardy. Millie was especially blessed with her loving friend and companion Alvin “Cat” Bartlett of St. David, IL, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Millie loved her pets which included horses to trail ride and her cat “Tom”. She will be remembered by those who knew her closely by the same infectious laugh as her father.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL and, as per her wishes there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown, 101 N. Main St., Lewistown, IL 61542 or The American Cancer Society. To make online condolences you may visit  

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13 Responses to Mildred E. “Millie” (Chipman) Shafer

  1. Chet & Linda Phillips says:

    Our sincere sympathy for your loss.

  2. Craig and Nancy Eveland says:

    So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace you’re in our thoughts and prayers..

  3. Nila Phillips says:

    I will remember always our summer vacations. I couldn’t wait till school was out and we were on our way from Calif. to Il. We would get to Grandma’s and the first thing we would do is to call Aunt Doris’s to let you know we were here. We couldn’t wait to come out to the farm and ride horses, sit and watch the animals, and just spend time together (even if we did tease the heck out of Laura and Rose).As adults we did not talk much but you were always on my mind. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for being the best part of my youth!! We will ride ” Killer” again together in Heaven. All my LOVE!!!

  4. Lorenda Spilker says:

    We are so very sorry to learn of Millie’s passing. We have known her for many years. She was always friendly and nice to everyone. Sincere sympathy, Lorenda and Alvin Spilker.

  5. Lura ( Zedric) Neel says:

    I went to LCHS with her, and I remember a kind, nice person.
    May she Rest In Peace

  6. Joyce Johnson says:

    I will miss you and your phone calls. Your Joyce

  7. Joyce & Ronnie Parker says:

    I never knew how much you and Millie looked alike. I am so very sorry for
    you and her kids. She’s no longer in pain now and with your Mom & Dad.
    I’m sure you will be plenty busy with all the arrangements, etc. Call me
    when you have some free time. Wish I could be there for you. Hope you
    understand it’s impossible right now to go anywhere. Love and miss you dearly!

  8. Judy hoeard says:

    So sorry for your loss

  9. gloria stockman and karen murphy says:

    resting now. the battle is over and she is laughing and catching up with the family and friends.

  10. Vicky Snowman says:

    Dear Laura and family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort knowing your loved one is in a beautiful place, pain-free, and you will see her on the other side. I will keep you in my prayers.

  11. Kelly says:

    To my beautiful mom. I love you and I will forever miss you. You had so much courage and strength trying to beat the cancer.
    I know that you are at peace now and you are with grandma and grandpa. You were a great mom, sister and grandmother and loved so much.

  12. John Westerfield says:

    It’s always nice to see a person with a smile, and Millie was that type of person. I’m sure she will be missed by many.

  13. Teri Holthues says:

    I remember my cousin Millie as being fearless and a person who could do anything. I admired her and always thought of her as beautiful.
    My wish as a young girl was that I could have visited the farm and known her and Laura better. Someday in paradise I will get my chance and be able to ride horses and drink sweet tea with her on the porch.
    She will be missed

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