Miley McGehee | Nov. 1, 1931 - Oct. 14, 2013

Highland mom kept down-home values

2013-12-07T00:05:00Z Highland mom kept down-home valuesCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 07, 2013 12:05 am  • 

Miley McGehee was an easygoing woman who loved her family and enjoyed living a simple life, said her son, John McGehee.

She grew up in a log cabin in the woods of Southern Illinois, and kept those down-home values.

“She loved being Suzie Homemaker and taking care of us and the house,” he said.

Miley McGehee, 81, of Highland, died Oct. 14. She was preceded in death by Ronald McGehee, her husband of 49 years.

She loved collecting knick-knacks, especially angels and Disney figurines.

“She had hundreds of them all over the house, and she always made sure they were tidy and exactly how she wanted them,” he said.

McGehee loved keeping in touch with family, and was known to have hours-long conversations with her sisters and her daughter, her son said.

“She would sit on the phone and they would watch TV together,” he said. “I think she broke an AT&T record with a seven-hour phone call.”

She loved costume jewelry, and if someone she was talking with complimented a piece she was wearing, she would give it to them to make them happy, her son said.

Until her husband passed away in 2003, the couple would almost always have breakfast in the East Chicago McDonald’s with friends.

A former member of Hessville Baptist Church, her faith played an important part of her life, and she valued living a good, clean life.

“She would never gamble, never drink or curse. That was her,” he said. “And she would never turn her back on family.”

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