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CHESTNUT -- Betty J. Murphy, 78, of
Chestnut, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at 5:40 p.m. at St. John's
Hospice in Springfield.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Pulaski
Christian Church, with Jeremy Thomason and Roger Murphy
Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut.
Mrs. Murphy retired from Kaiser Agricultural
Chemical Plant, where she worked with her husband,
Bunnie, as fertilizer plant secretary for 25 years.
She was born June 6, 1930, in rural Gays, Ill., to
Thomas Clarence "Tom" and Martha Jane "Jennie" Elder
Young. She married Bunnie L. Murphy at Gays on Sept.
12, 1947. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2006.
She is survived by three sons, Roger L. (and
Rexanna) Murphy of Oklahoma City, Okla., Alan R.
(and Maryan) Murphy of Chestnut and Gregory L.
Murphy of Chestnut; 11 grandchildren; and 18
She was also preceded in death by four brothers
and three sisters.
She was a member of Mount Pulaski Christian
Church, Chestnut-Beason American Legion Post
Auxiliary and Chestnut Fire Department Auxiliary.
She served as Aetna township clerk for 12 years and
as a voter registrar for 30 years. She was
co-chairman for the Chestnut Geo-Center Committee
and secretary of the Chestnut-Beason Water Board.
She was also a member of the Chestnut Ding-A-Lings
She graduated from Sullivan High School in 1948.
Memorials may be made to the Chestnut Rescue
Squad or Mount Pulaski Christian Church.
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