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Clara Louise Keller McMurtry
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1916
Clarence
Cedar County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 2010
Bristol
Day County
South Dakota, USA

Memorial service for Clara L. McMurtry, 94, of Bristol, S.D., formerly of Welcome, Minn., will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 19, at Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Fink officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Belt Cemetery near Ceylon.

Clara passed away Monday, March 15, 2010, at the Sun Dial Manor in Bristol, S.D. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the Lakeview Funeral Home on Friday.

Clara Louise (Keller) McMurtry was born Jan. 17, 1916, in Clarence, Iowa, the daughter of William and Bertha (Luettjohann) Keller. The family moved to a farm near Welcome and Clara attended school in Ceylon and graduated from Ceylon High School in 1934. She went on to Mankato Teacher's College, where she also graduated

She was united in marriage to Glen E. McMurtry on Nov. 25, 1938, and they farmed near Welcome for many years. Clara taught in area country schools and then taught grades 5 and 6 at Ceylon Public School. She retired from teaching in the early 1980's. She was a member of MEA, Martin Co. Historical Society and the United Methodist Church in Ceylon where she was involved with the Ladies Aid. In 2002, Glen and Clara moved to St. Paul and lived with their daughter, Anita. Glen passed away in July of 2003. In December of 2008, Clara moved to Webster, S.D., and lived with her son, Ron and his wife, Sharon. In February of 2009, she entered the Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.

She is survived by three children, Ron McMurtry and his wife, Sharon, of Webster, S.D., Larry McMurtry and his wife, Trudy, of Lake Elmo, Minn., Anita McMurtry of St. Paul, Minn.; five grandchildren; five great-grandsons; four step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; sister, Elsie Simon of Fairmont; brother, Ewald Keller and wife, Ruby, of Gaylord, Minn; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Clara was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Edgar Keller; and brother-in-law, Ernie Simon.

Fairmont Sentinel, Fairmont, MN, March 17, 2010
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Frederick Keller (1890 - 1962)
  Bertha Caroline Luettjohann Keller (1893 - 1981)
 
 Spouse:
  Glen Eldon McMurtry (1916 - 2003)
 
 Siblings:
  Clara Louise Keller McMurtry (1916 - 2010)
  Edgar Herman George Keller (1918 - 1945)*
  Arthur William Keller (1925 - 1952)*
  Elsie Caroline Keller Simon (1928 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lake Belt Cemetery
Ceylon
Martin County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: Dennis Harmsen
Record added: Sep 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117181016
Clara Louise <i>Keller</i> McMurtry
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Clara Louise <i>Keller</i> McMurtry
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