Lillian Murray Bale, age 103, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020 at her residence. She was born September 30, 1916 in Butts, Missouri, the daughter of Andrew Gratz and Mamie (Clonts) Murray. She was married to Leo Miller and he preceded her in death on December 27, 1968. She then married James C. Bale and he preceded her in death on December 1, 1992.
Lillian was a homemaker, a secretary in St. Louis, a teacher, and worked at Brown Shoe Factory. Her memberships included the Free Methodist Church in Lawrenceville and the VFW. She enjoyed playing board games and cards, ceramics, and was a dog lover.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Leo; husband, James; two brothers, Joel Murray and William A. Murray; four sisters, Daphna I. Hopkins, Nellie V. Lewis, Emily Josephine Tourville, and Mamie Murray; and one niece, Winifred Gay.
Survivors include one niece, Susan McCarthy of Florida; one nephew, William D. ‘Dick’ Murray and wife Barbara of Casey, Illinois; and three great nephews, Eric Gay of Vincennes, Indiana, Tracy Gay of Vincennes, Indiana, and Damon Gay of New Iberia, Louisiana.
Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery in Sullivan, Missouri. There will be no visitation. Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society or Good Samaritan Hospice. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.
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