Murble Mae Adams Medill, age 91, of Centerville, formerly of Hardwick, Minn., died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday with visitation held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home - Engebretson Chapel in Luverne, Minn.

Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. To sign an online registry, please visit

Murble was born July 3, 1916, in Magnolia, Minn., to Ray and Bessie (Dean) Adams. She attended school in Edgerton and Luverne, graduating from Luverne Normal School (teacher’s training) in 1938. She then taught at District 75 country school in Rock County until she was united in marriage to Henry Medill Jr. on Aug. 28, 1935, at the Community Church in Hardwick, Minn.

Henry and Murble farmed near Jasper, Minn., and Custer, S.D., and operated Medill Redibuilt, a construction business, in Hardwick. Murble returned to teaching in 1954 and returned to college to get both a bachelors of art degree from Sioux Falls College and a master’s degree in education from Augustana College. She was always a strong supporter of education and enjoyed teaching elementary and junior high English and math. She also served a principal at Magnolia Elementary School. Murble considered it one of her greatest honors to have profoundly touched so many lives through her teaching.

After retiring from teaching, Murble and Henry enjoyed traveling. They especially enjoyed their trips to Alaska. Following Henry’s death in April of 1990, Murble moved to Branson, Mo., where she was hostess for the city at the Stonehill Winery and Table Rock Dam. She moved to Centerville in June of 2002. In November of 2007, she became a resident of the Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center where on Saturday, March 29, 2008, Murble went to be with her Lord at the age of 91 years, eight months and 27 days.

Henry and Murble raised four daughters to enjoy camping, fishing, life and family outings. Murble also enjoyed music, reading and sewing. The quilts she lovingly created for each family member will always be treasured. She was an active community member and over the years was a member of the Lioness organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O., Retired Teachers Organization, Extension Club, Centerville’s hospital auxiliary and the First United Methodist Church in­cluding UMW and church council.

Murble is survived by her four daughters, Kathleen Day of Kansas City, Kan., Charlene and her husband, Dale Recker, of West Point, Neb., Sherri Viland of Springfield, Mo., and Linda and her husband, Jim Zimhelt of Centerville; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Janet Petersen; her brother-in-law Wayne and his wife, Lois Medill; and two sisters-in-law, Arlene Lester and Marion Colbeck.

Murble was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; her parents, Ray and Bessie; her son-in-law, Roland Day; two great-grandsons, Eric and Jackson; six brothers-in-law; and five sisters-in-law.

It is with heavy hearts that we bid goodbye to this amazing soul, though our spirits will remain light as we carry on with all that we have learned from Murble.

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