Althea G. Haifley

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Althea Grace Haifley, age 87, of Mattoon, Illinois, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938.
An additional visitation will take place from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home, 461 W. 900 North, Milford, IN 46542.
Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Haifley and Pastor Norman Burdick officiating.
Burial will follow at Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Indiana.
Althea was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Salina, Kansas, the daughter of Taylor and Ruth (Howell) Shreve.
She married David R. Haifley July 2, 1948; he preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1994.
Survivors include her children, Kathleen (Valente) Hernandez of Easley, South Carolina, Dorothy (Norman) Burdick of Mayville, New York, Ruth (Steve) Altman of Holts Summit, Missouri, Mamie Jean (Eugene) Yoder of Jesup, Georgia, Mary (Raymond) Wright of Bremen, Indiana, and Dan (Elizabeth) Haifley of Mattoon, Illinois; 30 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Althea was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Haifley; granddaughter, Angela Burdick; and grandson, Jared Altman.
Althea served alongside her husband as a pastor's wife for 40 years. She attended and spoke at many Ladies' Conferences in the United States and Mexico.
Althea was the author of two books and a librarian in earlier years. She was a talented musician and enjoyed doing needlework. Most of all, Althea cherished spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved her.
Online condolences may be expressed at schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home's Facebook page.
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Published on September 8, 2019
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