Mary Emily Taflinger

Mary Emily Taflinger

Mary Emily Taflinger of Miller City, died peacefully on Monday evening, Dec. 7, 2020, at the Lutheran Nursing Home. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of passing.

She was born on May 22, 1942, the daughter of Carl Oehler and Mary Alice Oehler of Cairo, who preceded her in death.   

In August, 1964, she married James Franklin Taflinger of Effingham, who cared for her tirelessly throughout her battle with Alzheimer’s.  

She attended Webster College in St. Louis and graduated from Southern Illinois University. She was an elementary teacher in Lincoln.

After moving to Southern Illinois, she became a mother of three children and a very active parent volunteer in the Cairo public school system. She was a devout member of St. Patrick’s Church in Cairo and a dedicated volunteer.  

She is survived by her three children, Laurie Caldwell, Audrey Vincent and Kristie Taflinger. She also is survived by her four grandchildren, Magen Caldwell, Natalie Vincent, Zachary Vincent and Avery Vincent.    

She was affectionately known as “Mame” to her grandchildren, who remember her love for music, dancing the jitterbug and her infectious laugh which ignited the room.  

Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cairo, with Father Chris Mujule as the celebrant. Private burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

Crain Funeral Home in Cairo was in charge of arrangements.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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