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Lucille Murray

Long time Tuscola resident Lucille Murray passed away peacefully on April 15, 2020.

Lucille was born March 25, 1932 in Granite City, Illinois to Robert Francis and Evelyn Josephine Schmidt Burris.

The daughter of a military officer, Lucille moved extensively as a child and graduated from high school in Nagoya Japan. She earned her college degrees from Blackburn College and Eastern Illinois University where she met Eugene Murray.  Lucille and Eugene married June 4th, 1956 in Medora Illinois. The couple had seven children and resided in Tuscola for over 50 years.

Lucille was involved in the Tuscola Library Board, Jarman Hospital Auxiliary, Forty Martyrs Catholic Church Altar Society, 4-H as a leader, and helped charter the Douglas County Museum.

She is survived by her children: Christina Jones, Theresa (James) Mravca, Catherine Murray, Mark (Janet) Murray, John Murray, Mary Murray, Sarah (Thomas) Fellabaum, her grandchildren Zachary (Milena) Jones, Caitlin (Adam) Kownacki, David, Joseph and Samantha Mravca, Margaret, Jack and Emma Fellabaum, Tony (Holly) DiNello, Jennifer and Haley DiNello, great-granddaughters Lillian and Hazel Kownacki, Sofia Jones and Hazel DiNello. A large extended family and life long friends survive Lucille. 

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Gene, her parents,  a sister Margaret “Joie” Burris and her mother in law Lois Murray. 

Burial services will be private and held at a later date. The family suggests memorials to the Tuscola Public Library or the Douglas County Museum.

Condolences and memories can be sent to the family in her name to 2932 Country Club Lane, Dekalb Illinois 60115.

Arrangements were completed by the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, IL.  To sign the online guest book or write a special memory, go to

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