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Aug. 22, 1934 — Sept. 30, 2011

Thelma “Irene” Schilling, 77, of Sweet Home went to be with the Lord Friday. Irene was surrounded by her family in the days preceding her death and died in the comfort of her home.

She was born in Larnard, Kan., to Sidney Christopher and Iva Lorene (Williams) Hilliard.

Irene lived in Bluejacket, Okla., before moving to Sweet Home in 1958. She married Victor Schilling in 1961. In 1979, they moved to Fort Bragg, Calif., where she lived with her family for 16 years before moving back to Sweet Home.

Irene was a devout Southern Baptist who was loving and committed to her family, making sure they all knew the Lord.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Victor; daughters Linda Duran and husband Willie, Sidney Marks and husband Brad, and Vicky Arreguin, all of Sweet Home; son Darrell and wife Marion of Sweet Home; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; brother James Hilliard; and sister Margaret Foust.

A viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Sweet Home. Burial will take place at Liberty Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements (www.sweethomefuneral.com).

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