PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Mae Collard Mueller, 97, of Pittsfield, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 25, 2013) in Barry Community Care Center, Barry.
She was born May 2, 1916, in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of Harvey Ray and Mabel Iva Snyder Collard. During Mae's school years, she resided with Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dickerson. She married the love of her life, Walter A. Mueller, in Bowling Green, Mo., on May 1, 1937. He died Feb. 13, 2001.
Mae was honored as an American Legion Gold Star mother upon the death of her beloved son, Carl (Butch), who was killed in 1967 while serving in the military in Korea.
She was a founding member of Old Orchard Country Club and was Ladies Day golf champion nine times. She was a longtime member of Pittsfield Methodist Church, and enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing bridge, ceramics and homemaking. In 1968, she was recognized by The Quincy Herald-Whig as one of the Women of the Year.
Mae laughed often and loved much. She will be remembered for her gentle, sweet spirit, and the love she had for her family.
Mae was the devoted mother of Sue (the late John) Teuscher of Pittsfield and the late Carl Mueller; loving grandmother of Laura Boyd of Houston and Scott (Debbie) Sanderson of West Simsbury, Conn.; adoring great-grandmother of six, Maegan (Bob) Davis, Katherine and Jordan Boyd, and Austin, Evan and Colin Sanderson; loving sister of Carl Collard of California; and loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Newkirk, Allyene Robinson, Virginia Kozell and Harriett Paulinski; and brothers, Raymond, Guy, Paul (Bob), Gene (Pete) and James.
SERVICES: 11:30 a.m. Saturday in West Cemetery, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Tom Wilber conducting. A lunch will be served in United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, afterward.
VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
MEMORIALS: Pike County Health and Wellness Foundation, Pittsfield West Cemetery or
ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home.