PEORIA - Marthann Day, 96, of Peoria passed away peacefully in the presence of loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist following a short illness.
She was born to Olen and Ruby Judy on May 11, 1917, in Vermillion County, Ill. At the age of 5, and with threshers coming, she was told by her mother to drive the horse and wagon two miles down the road to get groceries, with the admonition not to let the horse get away from her when she crossed the railroad track.
Marthann graduated from Potomac High School, before attending and graduating from Blackburn College. Two years later, in 1938, she graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. degree. After graduation, she taught for three years in a one-room schoolhouse.
Marthann worked her way through college and met her husband, Robert Day of Peoria, while they both were employed at Kammerer's Restaurant in Champaign, Ill. They were married in Palmyra, Mo., in 1941. She was a loving and supportive wife to her husband, who practiced law in Peoria for 50 years, served as Peoria's mayor and then as state representative. They were happily married for 64 years. She was preceded in death by Robert in 2005.
Also preceding her in death were siblings, Allen Judy of Sturgeon, Mo., Scott Judy of Clark, Mo., and Carol Kent of Auburn, Ala.
Marthann was a homemaker and was skilled in the domestic arts, baking bread weekly, sewing and keeping a clean and well-ordered household. She lived a life of caring and service for family, friends and community, as exemplified by numerous voluntary pursuits, including more than 10 gallons of blood donated to the American Red Cross, spanning 40 years; president of Amateur Musical Club, A.H. Chapter of PEO, Mother's Club of First Federated Church, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and North Peoria Women's Club; board member for Peoria Women's Civic Federation and Peoria Historical Society; regent of Peoria Chapter of DAR; membership in Peoria Women's Club; and host mother for the American Field Service for Enrico Dumontel of Milan, Italy, and Paul Yung of Hong Kong, now of Rochester, N.Y., through Peoria Friends of International Students at Bradley University. She was a room mother, Girl Scout leader and a Glen Oak and Von Steuben Mother's Club and PTA member. She organized her precinct for the first Porch Light March of Dimes. She served on the Committee on Allocation for the United Fund.
During her life, Marthann kept copious correspondence with family and friends and was famous for her thoughtful and caring notes, including many hundreds of hand-written Christmas cards. She enjoyed the arts and supported the opera, symphony and Corn Stock Theatre as a season ticket holder.
Marthann is survived by her three children, Susan (Richard) Heiser of Bloomington, Robert Jr. (Donna) of Peoria and Douglas (Leslie) of Spring Bay; five grandchildren, Shari, Rob, Sarah, Grant and Kathryn; as well as six great-grandchildren, Robert, John, Thomas, Diana, Ethan and Deegan. Also surviving are two brothers, David Judy of Potamac, Ill., and Dan Judy of Clark, Mo.
Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at First Federated Church of Peoria, with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. The Reverend David Koehler will preside.
Memorials may be donated to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Youth Ministries of First Federated Church of Peoria.