Georgia B. Luttrell
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SPRINGFIELD - Georgia Bena Gher Luttrell, 80, of Springfield passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at St. John's Hospital.

She was born in Carbondale on Oct. 24, 1927, the daughter of George N. and Phylis Bena Gent Gher. She married Claude E. Luttrell on March 25, 1964, in Taylorville; he preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 1987.

Mrs. Luttrell was a teacher for 35 years. She was an assistant professor of music at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. She toured as a concert pianist through out the Gulf States. Marion was the next place where she served in a music capacity. She was the music supervisor in School District 2 of Williamson County. From there, she moved to Springfield, where 30 years were spent as a music teacher in Springfield District 186. Mrs. Luttrell was a choir director in several churches in Springfield; three of these churches were Douglas United Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Unity Church. During her years in Springfield, she served as a pianist with the Springfield Municipal Opera, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Theater Guild and the Springfield Municipal Choir. She also worked statewide as a clinician and music adjudicator.

Nationally, music took Georgia to Washington, D.C., where she served on the Board of Governors of the International Platform Association.

Mrs. Luttrell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Music from Northwestern University in Evanston.

Before retirement, she was a member of the Springfield Education Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, National Education Association, Illinois Music Educators Association and the Music Teachers National Conference. Since her retirement, her poetry has appeared in publications by the American Poetry Association. She served as a singer in the Illinois Symphony Chorus and had become a world traveler. She also served on committees for the Illinois Governors Prayer Breakfast. Georgia was active in the Springfield Sertoma Club. She was a member of Springfield First Congregational Church and, as an accomplished pianist, she provided beautiful solos and duets for her church.

She is survived by her first cousins, Henry "Sparky" Gher of Springfield and Thomas (wife, Ann) Gher of Champaign; several second cousins; and her surrogate grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and husband. She will be sorely missed.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Road, where friend can call from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, with the Rev. Brian Damrow officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Springfield Sertoma Club.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Dec. 11, 2007.
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December 21, 2007
I was in Mrs. Luttrell's A Capella choir, boys' ensemble, and madrigal singers at Feitshans and Southeast HS (class of '69). I'll always appreciate her excellent tutelage and direction to achieve the finest music. Her drive for the best has always been an inspiration to me. I offer my condolences to her family and immediate friends. She is missed.
Carl Alexander
December 20, 2007
I was in Mrs. Lutrell's choirs for 4 years at Southeast -- graduated in 76. I was President of Acapella, studied piano and went on to major in music. Georgia greatly encouraged my love for music-probaly the best gift any taecher gave me - other than my father. Just thought of her recently--actually the week she died. Don't think that was coincidental by the way---Good Bye Georgia - the music is eternal. Thanks for it all!!
Vivion Maisenbacher
December 17, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Luttrell's family and friends.

I had the pleasure of being a student in one of Ms. Luttrell's choirs at Southeast High School in the late 1970's. Ms. Luttrell was a wonderful music teacher and I learned alot from her - she will be missed.
Glenece Banks Atwater
December 15, 2007
Dear Sparky: Chuck and I had the privilege of knowing you and Georgia when he was a Springfield Sertoman. We were also acquainted through our daughter when she (Sandra Lynn Browning) was a member of the Madrigal Singers at Southeast High School in the early 1970's. Georgia was a superbly wonderful teacher, both of music and of humanity! Your pain is in our hearts and you will be in our every prayer. Lov'n prayers,
Norma Browning
December 14, 2007
Georgia is my second cousin. I met her shortly after my mom died in 1987. I will miss her so much. Even though her health was failing she still lit up a room with her wonderful attitude and smile and fantastic outlook on life. She has touched so many lives in her lifetime and I will never forget her. I love you Georgia. I plan to see you again in Heaven
Louise Brown
December 13, 2007
My sisters and i were in her music class at Feitshans high school. Violet Black (Gibson) Mary Black (Seger) Vera Bell Black ( Stanley). in the 50's Mary and i spent many years in serving her in her needs. She will be greatly missed.She was our client and our friend. for many years. Vera and Mary.
Vera Stanley
December 12, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with Georgia's family at this time. She will be greatly missed. Georgia was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed being in the Springfield Sertoma Club with her.
Melissa Kahle
December 11, 2007
Georgia and I shared an office when I first became the Band Director at Southeast High School in 1983. She was a fine lady and a true inspiration and mentor to me and to her students. To say she was a true professional and perfectionist in the music education world would not do her justice. The world will be a less richer place without her!
Bob Best
December 11, 2007
As a student of Mrs. Luttrell's at Southeast High School, I was constantly amazed at her knowledge and how much I learned from her. I, too, was her accompanist for different choirs and considered her a mentor and friend. My sister, Debbie Brickler-Downs was also a student of hers and we will always cherish the memories we had with her.
Gaile Brickler-Bee, Class of 72
December 11, 2007
I was a student of Ms. Gher's from 1958-1961. I was in her girls ensemble, her acappella choir, and served as her accompanist. She inspired me to become a choral music teacher at Decatur H.S., and eventually Dist. #61 coordinator of music. I admired her greatly!
Marilyn Mertz
December 11, 2007
In Loving Memory of Georgia Luttrell

The music of your life will forever play
In the hearts of those you touched each day

The warmth of your love will forever glow
In the lives that you touched and helped to grow

The comfort of your smile will forever bring cheer
In the eyes of those you blessed each year

You loved…you lived…you gave with out end
You never ever wavered as a friend

For all the lives that you now leave behind
We thank you for the treasures you helped us to find.

I will forever miss you Georgia.
David Lisnek
December 11, 2007
I was a student of Ms Luttrell at Southeast and Feitshans high schools. Remembering the madigral group, the choirs and all she made possible for us. My thoughts are with her family. May they have as many fond memories of her as all of her students have.
Carolyn (Race) Babb
December 11, 2007
I was sorry to hear of your loss. In the mid-60's I was the accompanist for Mrs. Luttrell's choir at Feitshans. She was admired for her hard work and talent. She strived for perfection. I will never forget all the energy she had and was never too busy for her students.
May wonderful memories bring you comfort.
Mary (Darovec) Robinson
December 11, 2007
I was in the acappella choir at Southeast, under the direction of Mrs. Luttrell. She also used me as accompanist for all 3 years until I graduated. She has helped me be what I am today as a pianist in my husband's church in South Georgia. She was a very special teacher and I will sorely miss her.
Kathy Ferguson
December 11, 2007
BEING IN MS GEHR-LUTTRELL CHOIRS WAS A DEFINITE PRIVILEGE.SHE TOOK THE CHOIR TO CHICAGO AFTER CHRISTMAS ONE YEAR AND WE HAD A BALL WE GOT TO SEE A SHOW AT THE SCHUBERT THEATRE AND SHE ALWAYS TREATED US AS ADULTS. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF HER. SHE GOT MARRIED WHILE WE WERE IN HER CLASSES. SHE WAS A GREAT LADY. YOUR FAMILY WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS.
BARBARA MARION-MOHAY
December 11, 2007
I too was a student of Georgia Gher (Luttrell) at Feitshans and a member of various choirs. Not only was she hard working, talented, and energetic; but genuinely cared how her students turned out.
I've never forgotten her taking a group of us to a concert at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis to see Ray Charles perform in person; WOW! What an experience! May she rest in peace and my sympathies to her family.
Dave Christie
December 11, 2007
I was a student of Mrs. Luttrell at Southeast where her love of music and discipline challanged and inspired the entire choir to excel. My deepest thoughts and sympathies to you as well as very fond memories in her classroom.
Carolyn Hacker Bayliff
December 11, 2007
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Georgia's husband Claude at the Red Cross. She and Claude were very nice people. She will be missed.
Jean Petitt
December 11, 2007
I was a student of Georgia's at Feitshans and later a fellow teacher. I only had her for music theory at Feitshans. She prepared us so thoroughly, I knew everything in freshman theory. She was a great teacher.

My sympathies to her family.
Richard Garretson
December 11, 2007
I am quite saddened to read about the death of Mrs. Luttrell. I had the honor of being a member of the Feitshans High School A Capella Choir and having her for a music teacher in the mid-1960s. She was an extremely talented and extraordinary musician and dedicated teacher. However, my fondest memory of her was the day in rehearsal when she stood up and fought for what was morally just. Please accept my sincerest sympathies.
Llewelyn Barton
December 11, 2007
i was privileged to be in the feitshans accapella choir,under the direction of mrs. gher. i'll never forget the production of the south pacific,she had a way of making you feel that you were somebody. she always had a smile for you. GOD bless her soul.
john ricky newman
December 11, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Felicia Crawford
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