1914 - 2014
SHERMAN, IL - Ruth Powell Murgatroyd, 99, formerly of Jacksonville, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Villa East Retirement Community in Sherman.
She was born March 5, 1914, in Hillview, the daughter of George R. and Addie Hunnicutt Powell. Ruth married William T. "Bill" Murgatroyd on Feb. 7, 1948, in Jacksonville. He preceded her in death on April 19, 2001.
She is survived by one son, Thomas (Lora Pond) of Sherman; two granddaughters, Sarah (Pat) Phalen of Springfield and Katie (Bret) Hahn of Sherman, and five great-grandchildren: Nick, John and Anna Phalen and Loren and Molly Hahn. Other surviving relatives are her brother, George Powell of Traverse City, Mich.; sister-in-law, Betty Powell of Fairoaks, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews across the country.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Sophia Sheffield; 10 brothers: Arthur, Charles, Floyd, Fred, John, Earl, Cloyd "Bud", Everett, Max and Adrian Powell; and great-granddaughter, Alyssa Hahn.
Mrs. Murgatroyd graduated from Hillview schools, from Carrollton High School, and from Brown's Business College. She worked as bookkeeper at Black's Garage in White Hall, and, while seven of her brothers were deployed in WW II, she served her country in the Ordinance Inspection Dept. at the Nesco War Dept. Plant in Jacksonville. Later, she worked for Our Saviour Grade School and the Singer store. She retired after many years as secretary for Jacksonville School District 117.
Ruth was a longtime parishioner of the Church of Our Saviour, and a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Junior Women's Club, Beta Sigma Phi, and the Jacksonville Elks Lodge. She was noted throughout her life for her sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Her family meant the world to her; she was especially proud of her Greene County farm roots. Ruth and Bill loved traveling and enjoyed their circle of close friends in Jacksonville.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the Church of Our Saviour, with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. Friends may call at the Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville after noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, with the family meeting friends from 2-4 p.m. A. prayer service will follow the visitation.
Memorials are suggested to Our Saviour Building Fund or Greene County Historical Society.
Condolences may be left online at airsman-hires.com.
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