Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Burial will follow at the Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Erie United Methodist Church.
Mildred was born Oct. 25, 1925, to Harold and Evabelle Parker. She loved being on the farm with her animals and playing with the neighborhood kids on Stone Street. She graduated from Erie High School and Northern Illinois University with a degree in home economics. She was active in band and orchestra while at Northern and made several lifelong friends. She taught at Rockton High School before getting married. She married Joseph Besse on June 19, 1948, at the Albany Methodist Church. Together they farmed and raised four children. Mildred was especially proud all of their children received their college degree. She returned to teaching at Erie High School, retiring in 1979.
She was a member of the Erie United Methodist Church, Tri Sigma Sorority, former president of the Illinois Aberdeen Angus Women's Association and active as a member at Erie Country Club, where she was club champion at age 64.
Her husband will remember her bright eyes and infectious laugh that captured his heart. Her children will remember their loving and gentle mother. Her grandchildren will remember playing in the yard and always having something fun to do at grandma's. Her laughter and love will be missed.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her children, Mark (Regina) Besse, Erie, Bart (Sue) Besse, Louisburg, Kan., Brenda Besse, Erie, and Jody Besse, Erie; grandchildren, Kelsey (John) Lorenzen, Nicole Besse, Bridget (Steve) Graff, Randl (Julie) Besse, Colin (Lauren) Besse and Brooklin Besse; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerry (Marlee) Parker and Donnie (Jan) Parker; and sister, Margie Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alfred and Paul Parker; and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Besse.
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