Cheryl McMillen

Bethalto | Wednesday, February 1 2023 |

Cheryl McMillen, 79, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Bria of Godfrey with her family by her side. 

She was born on October 25, 1943, in Corpus Christi, TX the daughter of Raymond and Louise (Rock) Cobbel. She married Gary McMillen on August 18, 1967, at the United Methodist Church in Wood River and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2022.

Cheryl was an active member of Bethalto United Methodist Church. She was a teacher at East Alton-Wood River High School for many years. She served on the Bethalto Public Library Board and had a passion for reading. Always has a book closeby for herself or the grandchildren. Cheryl was also an avid scrapbooker. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her husband, Gary. 

Cheryl always had a warm smile and a laugh to share. She had great joy in spending time with family and especially the grandchildren. Cheryl selflessly devoted her time to the care of her husband and her mother. She is deeply loved and will be remembered as a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Wife.

Cheryl is survived by two daughters, Leslie McMillen of East Alton, and Wendy McMillen-Webster (Joe Moreland) of Bethalto; four grandchildren, Tyler McMillen (Selma McMillen), Dena Nesbit (Cory Elkins), Thomas Phipps (Gwen Orr), and Genna Webster; and ten great-grandchildren, Raistlynn McMillen, Mina McMillen, Miles Elkins, Nora Elkins, Odin Elkins, Pasida Elkins, Quill Elkins, Mila Phipps, Lyla Phipps, and Caid Shellstrom.

In addition to her husband, Gary; she is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gene Cobbel; and her father and mother-in-law, Wendell and Obera McMillen.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 10:00 am until the time of service at noon at Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto with Ed Ingram officiating.

Burial will take place in the Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to 5 A's.

Online condolences and guestbooks may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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