Doris June Mayfield

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Doris June Mayfield (nee Mindrup) of Greenville went Home to her beloved Savior on February 10, 2016. She was 87 years of age. Doris was born on August 18, 1928 in Mount Olive, Illinois to Carl and Esther (Henschen) Mindrup. On May 20, 1950, she married Lyle Mayfield in Vandalia, IL and they enjoyed 62 years together. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2012. Doris was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marie Thacker, her brother Harold Mindrup, and her son David Mayfield. Survivors include a daughter, Lynda Smith (husband, William Smith) of Dallas, TX, son Layne Mayfield (wife Brenda Mayfield) of Vandalia, IL, special friends Barbara and Martin Smith of Tamalco, IL, . Surviving grandchildren include Ryan Smith (wife Libbi), Marion Mayfield, and Nathan Smith (wife Jessica). Doris is also a great grandmother to Langston Joel Smith. Doris is also survived by her brother Bob Mindrup of Alhambra, and sisters Lila Reckmann, Alhambra, IL Madeline Eyman and her husband Kenneth, of Mulberry Grove, IL and Edna Wiss and her husband "Bud", of Vandalia, IL, and also her sister-in-law Betty Mindrup of Assumption, IL.. Doris lived in Greenville for more than 50 years and for the past 3 �½_ years has been a resident at Helia Healthcare Center. She was well known for both her hospitality and her music. She and her husband Lyle sang and played folk music and entertained countless friends and family in their home and other venues. She wrote hundreds of songs and poems throughout her life. Doris loved people and had a way of making everyone feel welcome. The most important things in her life were her faith, her family, and her friends. Almost anyone she came into contact with became her friend.and many became her "adopted" family. Doris was a member of the Central Christian Church in Greenville, where she served many years as a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. She also had a nursing home ministry and reached out to the elderly in the community. She unselfishly devoted herself to the needs of others and most of all to her family. Her loved ones have many special memories and "her children rise up and call her blessed." (Proverbs 31:28) Her Homegoing service will be conducted at First Christian Church in Greenville on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11 AM. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery, Greenville. Friends may call Friday, February 12, 2016 from 4-8 PM at The First Christian Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Southern Illinois Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or the Greenville Central Christian Church.


Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11 AM

Greenville First Christian Church

1100 Killarney Drive, Greenville, ILL 62246


Friday, February 12, 2016 from 4-8 PM

Greenville First Christian Church

1100 Killarney Drive, Greenville, IL 62246

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  1. John first met Doris and Lyle in the early 1960's at the University of Illinois Folksong Club. When he married me and brought me to Illinois, Lyle and Doris welcomed us with open arms into their "adopted" family. Although we made our home eventually on the East Coast of Virginia, we made sure that all our western vacations included a stopover to enjoy more time with the Mayfields – yes, and also to get another taste of Doris's special meals and homemade bread! There was never a moment we did not feel welcomed and blessed. As our three children grew, they loved to visit there too, and to this day, they recall Aunt Doris and Uncle Lyle. We shall miss Doris – her hugs, her songs, and her joy in her Savior were special parts of our lives that we treasure.

  2. Aunt Doris was a sweet soul and a loving replacement for my own family during college trips for Thanksgiving. I will miss knowing she is still with us, but am so happy she has gained heaven. Heaven looks sweeter each day with all the saints there already! May she love Him for eternity and may her family never forget the timeless gifts she left behind.

  3. Doris & Lyle were a stable factor in our lives beginning in early 1960. They comforted us in various crises in our family during the ensuing years. Our common life & love was, of course, music & that alone was enough to weld our families together. Doris completed the equation with her soft melodious renditions of all the old favorite songs. We miss them & especially now, Doris who is the last of this generation of the Mayfield family. Our hope is to comfort Layne & Lynda who we knew from when they were very small children. The memories of our experiences with Lyle & Doris are priceless. Once again our special concern & love for all the Mayfield clan.

  4. Layne&Lynda and Family: I was so sorry to hear about Aunt Doris. She meant so much to me. She was always there for us. Aunt Doris and Uncle Lyle were the most precious people in the world. I am saying prayers for your family. They are together again at last….

  5. Doris will be greatly missed, but her music will go on. I plan to play some of the songs she sang next time I perform at Open Stage at Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse in Phoenix Arizona.

  6. Layne and Linda, I just found out about your mom. I will miss her and her smile. She taught me to love music, to love Jesus, and to love playing the autoharp. I must remember this is only see you later not good- bye. I'm praying for you both. Love Johnna

  7. Doris and Lyle were Greenville family and no matter where we lived after leaving Greenville they were always a part of our hearts. Doris taught me how to make 'sweet petals' and how to enjoy every aspect of life. Together we not only laughed but also baked and cooked and sang and prayed and cried. Heaven has truly welcomed a good and faithful servant to sing praises to the Lord. Thank you Linda and Layne for sharing your family.

  8. May this scripture bring you comfort and hope at Daniel 12:2 "And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up, some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt." During this your time of sorrow. JR

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