Evelyn Johnson

Evelyn Johnson, 88, of Peoria, formerly of Washington (Ill.), died at 6:45 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at Proctor Homes in Peoria.

Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Union Cemetery, Lincoln. The Rev. John Throop will officiate.

A memorial service will be at a later date at Proctor Home.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Kerrigan Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker, and according to her family, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

She was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Athens to John and Edith (Turnbull) Knox. She married James L. Johnson on March 15, 1941, in St. Charles, Mo.

Surviving Mrs. Johnson are her husband, of Peoria; two daughters, J. Elizabeth Singer of Naples, Fla., and Barbara E. Johnson of Harwich, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

One brother preceded her in death.

She was a member of Washington Presbyterian Church in Washington and a former member of Methodist Hospital Service League in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to J.C. Proctor Health Care Endowment Fund, 2724 W. Reservoir Blvd., Peoria, IL 61615.


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James Murray

James S. Murray, 59, of Springfield died at 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2001, at his home. He was a Springfield resident since 1968.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield, with the Rev. Richard Chiola officiating.

Visitation was Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Murray was one of the founding faculty members at Lincoln Land Community College, where he was a professor of art for 31 years.

He was born in Lincoln on June 21, 1941, to Francis and Irene (Hagan) Murray. He married Ellen M. McLernon on June 18, 1966.

Surviving Murray are his wife, of Springfield; two daughters, Julie (Albert) Murray Brooks of Roselle and Ann Margwen (Barry) Lamb of Springfield; three grandchildren, Darren James and Jeremy Philip Lamb and Isabelle Murray Brooks; one brother, T. Michael Murray of San Clemente, Calif.; and several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, the pastoral advisory council and the board of Blessed Sacrament School.

He was involved in Theatre Centre of Springfield and Muni Opera, a member of the Liturgical Art Festival board, Prairie Art Alliance, Springboard board of directors, Illinois Community College board advisory panel and Illinois Higher Education Art Association. He was awarded Professor Emeritus. He served as judge at the Sangamon County Fair (1990-2000), Old Capitol Art Fair selection and the Liturgical Art Festival exhibit.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received his BFA and MA degrees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lincoln Land Community College Foundation, in care of the Fine Arts Department.


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