MARTINSVILLE, Ill. —
Elvia Louise Tarble Murphy, 82, of Martinsville, passed away at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Burnsides Community Health Center, in Marshall, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 5, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles Nelson Tarble and Gertrude Frances “Billie” Burke Tarble. On Jan. 1, 1955, she married Maurice Wayne Murphy, in Toledo, Ill. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1973.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Forsythe and husband Jack of Marshall; sons, Charles Murphy and wife Jennifer of Westfield, Ind., and John Murphy and wife Gretchen of Casey; grandchildren, Carol Felgenhour and husband Corb of Lansing, Mich., Clint Forsythe and wife Lindsay of Belleville, Maura and Annie Murphy of Westfield, Ind., Jacob Murphy of Albuquerque, N.M., and Avery and Elisabeth Murphy of Casey; and great-grandchildren, Ari and Kiran Felgenhour, and one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Mrs. Murphy was a graduate of Toledo High School before going on to the University of Illinois to receive her bachelor’s degree in home economics. She started her career in teaching home economics at Martinsville High School from 1952 to 1956. She then took some time off to start her family. After her husband passed away in 1973, she went back to work at Martinsville Grade School as a reading teacher for more than 10 years. Elvia was a member of Martinsville Bible Church. Her other interests included reading, traveling, music and playing board games with her grandchildren. She was a very active member in many Martinsville organizations. Some of her memberships included Martinsville City Council, president of the Martinsville Library Board, judge at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair Arts Hall, Martinsville Women’s Club and American Legion Auxiliary. Elvia also was a Lincoln Log Cabin interpreter and used her seamstress skills to make clothing reflecting the Lincoln era for herself and others.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Martinsville Bible Church, 509 E. Ridgelawn Road, with Brother Billie Ray Ulrey officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, at the church. Greenwell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Martinsville Bible Church Building Fund, 509 E. Ridgelawn Road, Martinsville, IL 62442; the Martinsville Library, P.O. Box 190, Martinsville, IL 62442; or The Paddock at Linn Park, c/o Brenda Littlejohn, 10777 N. Friendship Road, Casey, IL 62420. To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit: