DeKALB – Eileen MacMurdo, 97, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb, surrounded by her family.
Born Feb. 2, 1916, in rural Carlinville, the daughter of Fred and Halla (Trimble) Welton, Eileen grew up in the Carlinville area and graduated from Carlinville High School in 1934. She graduated from Blackburn College in Carlinville in 1936 with a degree in elementary education. She began teaching in the fall of 1936 at the Pleasant Hill one-room school outside Virden.
In 1940, Eileen married Don MacMurdo of Auburn. They settled in Virden and she continued teaching until the birth of their first son, Fred, in 1944. Eight years later, she and Don had their second son, Jim. Eileen returned to teaching in 1960 and continued in the Virden school system until she retired at the end of 1982. She continued to reside in Virden until mid-2011, when she relocated to Oak Crest.
She is survived by her sons, Fred (Judy) of La Jolla, Calif., and Jim (Sara) of DeKalb; granddaughters, Anna and Jenny; grandsons, Joshua and Jeffrey; sister-in-law, Florence Sample of Auburn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents; and only sister, Hazel.
Private services will be held Nov. 23, at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Auburn, immediately followed by interment at Auburn Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to Oak Crest or Blackburn College.
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