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Retha Murbarger

Jul 11th, 1930 - Dec 20th, 2018

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2018, at Clay City Christian Church

Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, December 22, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, and 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, at Clay City Christian Church

Interment: Clay City Cemetery


     Retha Murbarger, age 88, of Clay City, Illinois, passed away Thursday evening, December 20, 2018, at her home.

     She was born July 11, 1930, in Clay City, the daughter of Kenneth and Opal (Fulk) Padgett.  She was united in marriage to Eath Murbarger on August 30, 1949, in Tacoma, Washington and together they shared 55 years of marriage until his death October 14, 2004.

     Retha enjoyed bowling, camping, horseback riding, and square dancing.  She cherished time spent vacationing across the U.S. with Eath and enjoyed taking their grandkids on vacations and camping trips.  She was baptized at the Clay City Christian Church where she had been a lifelong member.  Retha will be remembered as a caring mother who cooked many wonderful meals for her family and friends.

     Retha is survived by a son: Dennis Murbarger of Clay City; 3 daughters: Donna Kessler (Ken) of Scottsville, KY, Deborah Hogan of Flora, and Dorris Rutland (Ray Jr.) of Flora; 5 grandchildren: Shawn Kessler, Heather Price (Frank), Justin Kessler, Cody Hogan (Heather), and Chris Murbarger (Dawn); 2 step grandchildren: Mark Rutland (Robin) and Christy Rutland Robinson (Eric); 13 great-grandchildren: Jason, Erika, and Alec Kessler, Kiara, Kyla, Kaedon, and Kailey Price, Leia and Lincoln Kessler, Mariah Hogan, and Ava, Ethan, and Kinsley Murbarger; 4 step great-grandchildren: Reece (Myriam) and Cory Rutland, and Lenzi and Aidan Robinson; 3 great-great-grandchildren: Sky, Storm, and Silver Kessler; Mariah’s mother: Andrea Dulaney; and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandson: Dustin Hogan; and siblings: Donnell Padgett, Wanda Anderson, and Delores Tibbs.

     A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2018, at Clay City Christian Church.  Interment will follow in Clay City Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, and Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m. at Clay City Christian Church.  Memorial donations are suggested to a love fund to assist the family with expenses and will be accepted through the funeral home. 


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Sharon David

December 21st

Love you Aunt Retha. We all will miss you but know you are with Uncle Eath and the rest of the Murbarger family. Thinking about Dennis, Donna, Debbie, and Dorris and all of their families.

Linda King Martin

December 21st

Debbie and Dorris and families : I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s especially hard to lose a loved one during a holiday season. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim and Cheryl McCarty

December 22nd

We are so sorry for your loss, Donna,Kenny and family. Prayers for peace.

Rita Hatcher

December 22nd

Dorris Sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

Vicki Laird

December 22nd

Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family for peace.

Steve & Barb Kessler

December 22nd

So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Virginia McGuire

December 22nd

Sending love to Retha’s family. She was a wonderful woman and I was glad to have known her. God bless.

Bradley & Sarah Ausbrook

December 22nd

We are so sorry for your loss

Tina Hopson

December 22nd

Aunt Retha you will be missed, but know you are in heaven with Uncle Eath and the rest of the family, and probably starting to play cards again, prayers to Dennis, Donna, Debbie,Dorris, and all the family

Debbie King Casell

December 22nd

Dorris and Chris, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your families.

David and Darlene Bonham

December 22nd

Chris and Doris we are so sorry for your loss you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Cheryl Files

December 22nd

Sharon, so sorry for your loss. Hugs & prayers for you.

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

December 23rd

Thoughts and prayers to you all. May God comfort you all in the many days ahead

Scott Sullens

December 28th

I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

Walter J. Chaney Jr.

January 1st

Thoughts and prayers! Sorry for the loss in your family!



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