Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.
Millie Merritt was born on Oct. 23, 1922, in Emma, Ill., a daughter of Charles and Violet Doneghue Merritt. She married William H. "Bill" Sowards on July 3, 1945, in Henderson, Ky. He died on June 9, 1978.
She worked as a hostess at the former Clayton House, Davenport, and at the former Gay Nineties, Rock Island. In her early years, she worked at the East Moline State Hospital.
Millie was a member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, the East End Club, Moline, and the Men and Gals Single Dance Club. She enjoyed dancing, being out in her garden and flowers in general, but her greatest love was for her family, especially her great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Edna Sowards, Rock Island; grandchildren, Dr. Darcy Sowards, Seattle, Wash., and Chad (Dr. Rhonda) Sowards, Rock Island; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Randi Jo and Owen Sowards, Rock Island; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Dorothy Williams.
Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.