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Catherine Irene McMillon

January 23, 1922 — December 12, 2022


Catherine “Irene” (Knight) McMillon passed away on December 12, 2022, at the age of 100 and 11 months, in Battle Creek, Michigan.

She was born on January 23rd, 1922, in her home, in Pikeville, Tennessee, to John Wilburn Knight, and Anna (Belle) (Thurman) Knight. She was the fifth child, and only girl. She married Virgil Thomas McMillon on October 5th, 1938, when she was only 16 years old. They would be married 62 years before Virgil passed.

Catherine, Virgil, and their daughter Charlene moved to Michigan in 1944. They built a house on M66, in 1955, where they raised 3 children, Charlene, Betty, and Steve. After her kids were grown, she took a job cleaning houses in Battle Creek for ladies that lived in the “Towers”. Irene lived at their farm on M66 until 2015, when she moved into the Bellevue Apartments. Flower House Assisted Living, and then Farleigh Senior Care Home in 2022.

Irene was the best cook. When she was on the farm, she raised chickens and pigs. She was always cooking and cleaning. Irene was a good friend to all.

Catherine is survived by her children, Charlene (John) Drayton of Battle Creek, Michigan; Steve (Neva) McMillon of Bellevue, Michigan; son-in-law Thomas Schmidt of Clinton Twp, Michigan; her grandchildren, Sarah (Matt) Sweqles, Jeff (Kelly) Tobey, Scott (Marianne) Schmidt, Lori (Christopher) Spooner, Adam (Gina) Schmidt, Ben (Heather) McMillon, and Jacob McMillon; 19 great-grandchildren, and 12 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 62 years, Virgil Thomas McMillon, her daughter, Betty Jean (McMillon) Schmidt, her son-in-law Michael E. Tobey, and her granddaughter Sharon Tobey.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm at Kempf Family Funeral & Cremation Services, 205 N. Elizabeth St. Bellevue, Michigan 49021.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 12:00 pm at the Kempf Family Funeral Bellevue Chapel, Bellevue, Michigan, with Pastor Steven Olmstead, officiating.

Burial will take place in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, Michigan.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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