PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Katherine Venetta Borrowman, 96, of Pittsfield, died Friday (Aug. 15, 2014) at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville. Katherine was born Aug. 6, 1918, in Galesburg, a daughter of Charles Silas and Louise Ellen Lundeen Miller. She married John O. Borrowman on June 13, 1948, in Galesburg. John died on Sept. 17, 2002. Katherine was a member of the First Christian Church in Pittsfield and was instrumental in the growth of the church in the 1960s and 1970s. She was the first female elder serving the church and was a Sunday school teacher. She held almost every office in the church during her membership. Katherine received her teacher's certification at the age of 18 and later received her bachelor's degree. While attending Western Illinois Teachers College in Macomb, now known as Western Illinois University, she had the honor of meeting Amelia Earhart. She also studied at University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. After receiving her teaching degree, Katherine taught in public schools for more than 48 years, often teaching in one-room schools in northwestern Illinois. Other teaching positions were held in Princeton, Beardstown, Boston, Mass., and Seattle, Wash., as well as in Pittsfield School District No. 10 until her retirement. In Katherine's younger years she traveled a lot during the summer as her dad was a conductor for Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, now known as Burlington-Santa Fe Railroad. During World War II she worked in support of the war effort during the summer until school resumed in the fall. She is survived by three sons and two daughters, John O. (Martha) Borrowman III of Gallatin, Tenn., Phillip (Lena) Borrowman of Overland Park, Kan., C. Dale (Jane) Borrowman of The Villages, Fla., Mary (William) Williams of Lakewood, Colo., and Ann (William) Bishop of Grafton. Eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren survive in addition to a brother-in-law, Carroll Borrowman of Pittsfield; former sister-in-law, Joy Borrowman of Springfield, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Doris (Harold) Booth of Nebo; and a sister-in-law, Kay Miller of Melbourne, Australia. Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and two sisters. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the First Christian Church in Pittsfield, with Pastor Michael TenEyck officiating. Interment will be in West Cemetery at Pittsfield. VISITATION: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the First Christian Church in Pittsfield. MEMORIALS: First Christian Church in Pittsfield. ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. WEBSITE: www.nieburfh.com Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2014