Mildred Jean Douglas


Mildred Jean Douglas, 90, of Princeton, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

She was born June 28, 1926, in Jacksonville, Illinois, the daughter of Harold and Margaret Upchurch.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James Upchurch.

She was married to William R. Douglas on Jan. 29, 1949, in Beardstown, Illinois. He preceded her in death May 10, 2010.

Mrs. Douglas is survived by four children, Stephen (Sue) Douglas, of Murphysboro, Illinois, Barbara (Lloyd) Simon of Mosinee, Wisconsin, Katharine (Ron) Oloffson of Herscher, Illinois and Paul (Rose) Douglas of Port Orchard, Washington; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Jean, a registered nurse, graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Chicago in 1948. She worked in several hospitals, Home Health Services, and as a private duty nurse.

Jean was a devoted Christian with a deep faith, striving to model her life after Philippians 2:3-5: “Do nothing from selfish or vain conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”

She had a deep commitment to studying Scripture, and especially enjoyed serving in Christian Women’s Club and Explorers Bible Studies.

She enjoyed long walks and eating dinner by candlelight almost every night with her husband during their almost 50 years living in Princeton, Illinois. She spent her final years at Faith Place in Danforth, Illinois, where she was beloved by staff.

A memorial service will be held at noon Oct. 23 at Herscher Christian Church in Herscher, Illinois.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association at