Jan. 21, 2013 Campbell Santa Clara County California, USA
CAIRO, Ill. - Amelia Mary "Miji" Mattingly, 87, of Cairo passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family while on sojourn in Campbell, Calif. She is survived by two brothers, John and Nick, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill; a sister, Constance; and parents William B. and Constance Dahm Mattingly. With a passion for trendsetting fashion, the diminutive and exotic Miji studied design at the Art Institute in Chicago. She often wore vibrant colors and striking styles, and created many bold window displays for Macy's and Marshall Fields while living in New York and Chicago. A champion for the worker, Miji used her exuberant personality to organize laborers as well as to fight for social justice during the racial riots. She returned to Cairo in the late 1960s to work alongside her mother on residential and business interior design projects throughout Southern Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky. Appreciative of the finer things in life, they also owned an antique and secondhand retail business. Their family home, formerly on 7th Street, was once filled with fine furniture and art work, including paintings by her former husband, Al Rudus. Miji moved to the Connel F. Smith Building in 1995, and from her sixth-floor window, enjoyed watching the barges make their way down the Ohio River. She was a frequent visitor to Shemwell's and the Nu Diner, where she loved to engage in lively conversations with friends, always contributing a witty comment on current affairs. There was no service. Darling Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
There was a memorial service held for Miji on June 22, 2013 at St. Thomas of Canturbury Church in San Jose. Her ashes were sprinkled that day in Big Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains.