MILLEDGEVILLE – Madge Marie Free, 83, of Milledgeville, formerly of McLeansboro, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She operated an upholstery shop for years in Delafield before retiring.
Madge was born May 4, 1930, the daughter of Oscar and Veneta (Brake) Gaither. She married Robert Joseph “Bob” Free on July 20, 1946. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2004.
Survivors include her sons, Robert Michael (Linda) Free of Milledgeville, William Leonard (Laurie) Free of Sterling, and Carl Sherwood (Jana) Free of Waterloo; her daughter, Angelia Meyer of Madison, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Dorothy Mae Free; and a grandson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Andy May officiating. Burial will be at Knob Prairie Cemetery near Akin.