Grace Murdock


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Posted Online: March 17, 2013, 7:56 pm
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Grace Eleanor Murdock, 94, of Springfield, Ill., died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.
Services were Sunday, March 17, at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 530 N. Fifth St., Springfield. Chaplin John Vierkant officiated. Burial will be Tuesday, March 19, at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Ariz. Contributions honoring Grace's memory may be made to the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, 2960 Stanton St., Springfield, IL 62703.Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee, Ill., is serving the family of Grace Murdock. Condolences may be expressed at www.curryfh.com.
She was born Aug. 16, 1918, in New Boston, the daughter of Amos Gentry Hodgson and Anna Thoburn Hodgson. She married Russell F. Murdock on Dec.15, 1939, in Davenport. Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell, in 1989; two brothers; and a sister.
Grace and Russell retired to Arizona, and Grace returned to Springfield 10 years ago, living at Concordia Village. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 126 in Aledo and celebrated 50 years of membership with the chapter in 2009. Grace was a deputy sheriff in Mercer County and served as the matron of the Mercer County Jail as well as a real estate broker, retiring in 1975.
Grace is survived by two sons, Dr. Everett E. (wife, Susan) Murdock, of Ojai, Calif., and Mitchell
L. (wife, Sheila) Murdock, of Springfield; four grandchildren, Sydney and Craig Murdock, both of
Auburn, Ill., Mitch Murdock Jr., of Seattle, Wash., and Everett Murdock Jr., of California; one great-
granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.












 



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