Muriel Adele Myers Curry, 85, of Griggsville, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield.
She was born March 14, 1926, in Griggsville Township, the only child of John and Edith Burlend Myers. She married Charles Curry on April 28, 1946, and he preceded her in death Dec. 17, 1984.
She is survived by three sons, Cleve (wife, Susanne), Kim (wife, Lynn) and John (wife, Patty), all of Griggsville. Eight grandchildren survive, Carol Lisa (John) O'Brien, Sarah (Kevin) Hancock, Justin Curry (Joelle), Rachel (Eric) Long, Angela Curry, Alicia (Jeremy) Tate, Diane (Aaron) Van Strien and Deborah Roundcount. Eleven great-grandchildren survive, John Nathan O'Brien, Braxton and Trenton Hancock, Milana and Moira Curry, Carter and Aubrey Long, Claire and Colby Tate, Naomi Van Strien and Brody Roundcount. Also surviving are numerous Myers and Burlend cousins whom she enjoyed through the years. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Curry attended Griggsville Schools, graduating from Griggsville High School in 1944. She taught at South Flint Country School 1944-46. She attended one session each at Western Illinois Teacher's College in Macomb, Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, Kletzing College in Oscaloosa, Iowa, and Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, while her husband was deployed to Germany during post-war occupation there.
Mrs. Curry enjoyed greatly her many years as a farm wife and mother in rural Pike County. She enjoyed seeing her grandchildren grow up and being a part of trail rides, musical events and other community activities. Over her lifetime she taught many violin and piano lessons to the children of Pike County. Following the leadership of Eunice Northup, well-known Griggsville music teacher, Muriel became the leader of Pike County Young Musicians Club and Orchestra. For over 50 years she promoted the music skills of children K-8th grade in monthly parties where they could get experience in playing piano and string instruments.
She was a long-time member of her church, serving faithfully in many capacities. She was a 60-year member of HCE (formerly University of Illinois/Home Extension). She was a devoted member and long-time county president of the Pike County Woman's Christian Temperance Union. A supporter of many community organizations, she was in her later years program leader for the Griggsville Historical Society until her death.
An avid reader, she enjoyed giving favorite books, recently reprinting A True Picture of Emigration, the historical account of John and Rebecca Burlend's move from England to Pike County in 1831.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene, with burial at Bethel Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Bethel Cemetery Association or the Skinner House Preservation and Restoration Society. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com. Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville is in charge of the arrangements.
Airsman-Hires Chapel - Griggsville
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Griggsville, IL 62340
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 29, 2011