Georgia L. Lurkins, age 88 of Greenville, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at San Gabriel Memory Care in Highland.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Darryl Bolen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday. For those who desire memorials in Georgia’s memory may be made to the Greenville First Christian Church or to San Gabriel Memory care at Donnell-Wiegand.
Georgia Lee Cripe, the daughter of Roe Hubert Cripe and Millie Mancy Dickson Cripe, was born on August 19, 1927 on the Cripe farm near Pittsburg, Illinois. Georgia grew up on farms near Pittsburg and in the Terrapin Ridge neighborhood. She attended the one room schools and graduated from Greenville High School. Georgia worked at the Model Glove factory for a short time before her marriage. Georgia raised her family on the Lurkins farm and assisted her husband in farming. In retirement she enjoyed grandchildren and gardening.
Georgia and William Clyde Lurkins were united in marriage on February 21, 1947 at the parsonage of the Christian Church in Greenville and enjoyed over 67 years together before his death on March 25, 2014. She is survived by six of her seven children: Carol (Larry) Boatright of Carlyle, Janis Lurkins of Greenville, Dale (Deb) Lurkins of Carlyle, Gary (June) Lurkins of Mulberry Grove, Carl (Terri) Lurkins of Greenville, Thomas (Rhonda) Lurkins of Centralia, daughter-in-law Julie Lurkins of Greenville, sisters Melba (Gene) Perkins of Greenville, Agnes Livingston of Highland, brother Elvin (Sue) Cripe of Greenville, 12 grandchildren: Stacy (Mike) English, Teena (Kenny) Helton, Chris Lurkins, Neil (Mindy) Boatright, Michelle (Todd) Reinacher, Heather (Trevor) Tally, Jill (Brandon) Tally, Justin Lurkins, Shawn Lurkins, Hunter Lurkins, Alyssa Lurkins, Sophia Lurkins, one step granddaughter Nichole Koonce, 16 great-grandchildren: Chelsie Stewart, Zachary Stewart, Carissa Lurkins, Caden Boatright, Kaleb Lurkins, Andrew Lurkins, Teyton Henkhaus, Kaitlyn Lurkins, Madeline Boatright, Jayden English, Tenley Henkhaus, Emma Tally, Mayzee Reinacher, Lyla Tally, Mackenzie Lurkins, Trevor Lurkins, and one step-great-grandson Colton Rhodes.
Georgia is preceded in death by her parents and four siblings: Gerald Cripe, Lola Zeeb, Norma Stoecklin, and her sister Doris in infancy.