Brenda Carol (Shields) Bishop, 67, left her earthly home in Greenfield on Monday afternoon, May 11, 2009.
She was born on June 20, 1941, in Carlinville, the daughter of J. Russell and Mildred (Fair) Shields.
She married Dean E. Bishop on Sept. 6, 1960, at the Rockbridge United Methodist Church. They were blessed with six children, Dean(o) Jr., Russell (Lisa), Dan (Becky), David (Emily), Nora and Nathan (Amy). They were blessed with 14 grandchildren: Nick, Josh, Michael, Kyle, Kristen, Trey, Elizabeth, David, Megan, Austin, Daniel, Jennifer, Claire and Matthew. All survive. She is also survived by one sister, Barbara Luketich of Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Brenda was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Shields and Russ Shields Jr.; one brother-in-law, Don Luketich; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Shields.
She was graduated from Greenfield High School, Class of 1959. She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville for one year. She was graduated from Southern Illinois University in Alton with a bachelor's degree. She, with her husband, graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in March 1963, where she was graduated first in her class. She taught at Greenfield High School for one year from 1966 to 1967. She was a licensed funeral director for over 40 years.
Brenda was very active in her hometown. She was appointed Greenfield City Clerk after the death of her father and continued to hold that position for 34 years, until her death. She was charter-Vice President for the Greenfield Tiger Backers. She was an active member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church for 57 years, including Vacation Bible School supervisor for many years, founder of the SonShine Kids after-school program, a trustee and a member of the Pastor-Parrish Relations committee. She was very involved with the Greenfield Homecoming Committee and the Greenfield Alumni Association. She was a co-founder of the Friend-in-Deed program. She was the Bloodmobile Co-Coordinator for the Greenfield Red Cross Blood Drive. She was a long-time member of the Traveler's Club, Pinochle Club, Euchre Club and hostess for the Friday Morning Coffee Girls. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting, gardening and watching the life activities of her children and grandchildren.
A celebration of the life of Brenda Shields Bishop was held Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Greenfield United Methodist Church. The pastors Tim Gossett and David Ford officiated. Special music included her daughter singing â€œThereâ€™s Just Something About That Name,â€ taped music â€œIf You Could See Me Nowâ€ and congregational hymn â€œBecause He Lives.â€ Sue Boston and Debbie Powell accompanied on the organ and piano respectively. Her son, Dean Jr. eulogized her. Casket bearers included Dean Sr., Dean Jr., Russ, Dan, David, Nora, Nathan and Nick Bishop. Honorary bearers were Josh, Michael, Kyle, Trey, David, Austin, Daniel and Matthew Bishop. Flower girls included Kristen, Elizabeth, Megan, Jennifer and Claire Bishop. The enitire congregation stood during Greenfield High School â€œLoyaltyâ€ in honor of her admiration for her beloved Alma Mater. Burial followed at Oak Wood Cemetery, north of Greenfield. Memorials are suggested to the Greenfield United Methodist Church, Greenfield Tiger Backers and the Greenfield Public Library. Shields-Bishop Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from May 12 to May 14, 2009