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 Sarah Eleanor “Ella” <I>Murrah</I> Hill

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Sarah Eleanor “Ella” Murrah Hill

  • Birth 17 Nov 1885 Elk Horn, Taylor County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 5 Jan 1969 Harwood, Vernon County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Harwood, Vernon County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 8894332

According to Find-A-Grave, since she is buried under the last name Hill even though she remarried and her last name was Carpenter, I have to list her as Hill. This is the reason I had her listed as Hill-Carpenter. Everyone knew her as Carpenter.

Daughter of Edwin Roawin Murrah and Kitty A Waggoner.

Sister of Charles Finis, Hittie Belle, Lizzie Eva, and Joseph Arvin.

Married Roy O Hill on April 10, 1912. They had 5 children: Glenn Eldon Hill, Gordon Murrah Hill, Mildred Irene Hill, Ruby Leona Hill, and Shelby Cloyd Hill.

Roy passed away on May 9, 1920. She then married Leon Stratton Carpenter on March 17, 1923.

Ella and Leon had 3 more children: Helen Alfrieda Carpenter, Alan Leon Carpenter, and Donald Dean Carpenter.


My Aunt sent me a copy of an original long obituary for Ella. I love it and wanted to share it. Enjoy! (This is exactly how the obit reads, punctuation and spelling included)

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Sara Ella Murrah, the third in a family of five children born to Kitty Ann and Ed Murrah was born on a farm at Elk Horn, Kentucky on November 17, 1885. Down in the blue grass country, where she romped through a happy childhood with her two brothers and two sisters.

She attended grade school with the neighboring children. She was a studious serious minded individual and after having completed grade school she attended schools of higher learning, secured a teachers certificate and taught seven terms of school in the area of her birth.

It was during those years that she met and married Roy O. Hill. Her teaching days were over. Soon after their marriage the happy couple, craving adventure moved by immigrant train in a covered wagon drawn by a team of mules. When they reached Oswego, Kansas they decided to establish a home and located there. They resided at Oswego six years; then decided to change locations and in the spring of 1916 they moved to a farm located six miles south of Schell City.

Of this union, five children were born. They indulged in few luxuries, were good neighbors, and conserned for their fellow man.

It was May 9, 1920 Roy went to visit a neighbor who was ill, and while sitting by his bedside visiting he suffered a heart attack and was called immediately into the presence of the Divine Master who doeth all things well.

Life was not easy for Mrs Hill, she weathered several major illnesses, lived in the days when there were no telephones or automobiles to allay her worries over a child who was ill or summon help when she needed it as a young widow with her 5 small children.

Early in life she felt the need of a burden bearer and by walking in the light she saw in the Holy Scriptures she professed Christ and became a member of the Methodist Church and remained true to her profession and found Jesus a source of strength through heavy trials in her life.

On March 17, 1923 she was united in marriage with Leon S. Carpenter. Of this union were born 3 children.

They continued to engage in farming and it was on the farm they reared their family and one by one she saw each of them establish their homes and she cheerfully and wisely advised them. Hers were the ears that first received the news of their success or failure. Her lap was where they deposited their hurts and worries. Three of her sons were in military service during World War II.

Death is as natural as birth at it follows as inevitably as night follows day. God to prevent all escape, hath sown the seed of death in every constitution and nature so that we can as soon run away from ourselves as death.

Mrs Carpenter had visited her Dr. a few days ago and had an appointment for another visit, but during the night of January 4, 1969 she passed from our midst, the victim of a heart attack at the close of a long useful life having reached the age of 83 years 1 month and 27 days.

It was on July 21, 1968 the family enjoyed a reunion at the home, each of the children were present with their families there were 63 present. Mrs Carpenter thoroughly enjoyed the jesture of love and appreciation.

Besides the husband, Leon S. Carpenter of the home she is survived by 8 children: Glenn E. Hill, DeSota, Kansas; Gordon M. Hill, Schell City, Mo.; Mildred I. Hicks, Independence, Mo.; Ruby L. Scott, Nevada, Mo.; Helen A. Staton, Gladstone, Mo.; Alan L. and Donald D. Carpenter, Kansas City, Mo.; 22 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 2 oclock in Harwood with Rev. Curtis Ground officiating. The text used impressively set forth the qualifications for a successful life. Mrs Paul Buckles accom-Morerod who sang "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow" and "Precious Memories".

Casket bearers were Gentry Steincross, Floyd Gammon, Albert Stark, Delbert Nabors, Earl Hallum and Gaylord Vickers.

The sizeable congregation that attended her funeral and the floral offerings was a sermon in favor of anyone, dead or alive.

Interment was in Green Mound Cemetery near Harwood directed by Lewis & Son Funeral Home.

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(In my family)



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  • Created by: Sherry
  • Added: 9 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8894332
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Eleanor “Ella” Murrah Hill (17 Nov 1885–5 Jan 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8894332, citing Green Mound Cemetery, Harwood, Vernon County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Sherry (contributor 46585091) .