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Virginia R. Masters

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:46 a.m. CST

Virginia R. Masters, 94, Mt. Morris, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.  Virginia was born July 18, 1919 in Evanston, the daughter of Albert J. and Eva Irene (Knox) Boelke. 

She married Donald E. Gardiner on July 15, 1939, in Evanston. 

They enjoyed 40 years of marriage and raising a family before his death on Oct. 26, 1979. 

She then married Earl H. Masters on Nov. 28, 1980 in Mt. Morris.

They enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Benson, Ariz., before his death on April 23, 1995.  Virginia worked as a secretary for the Evanston Board of Education, Banana River Naval Air Station, Fla.; Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris; and her husband’s accounting business. 

She was a member of the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, participating in choir, United Methodist Women, as a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer; Ogle County Home Extension; Rock River Valley Girl Scouts; and on the Plainview Cemetery Board and Mt. Morris Senior Center Board. 

She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends.

Virginia is survived by four daughters, Judith (Kevin) Johnson, Mt. Morris,  Donna (Scott) Huber, Dublin, Ohio, Carol (Mike) Evans, Monmouth,  Barbara (Mike) Phillips, Pittsburgh, Pa.;  and two sons from her second marriage, Earl (Linda) Masters, Bull Shoals, Ark., and Ken Masters, Dixon; 22 grandchildren;  26 great-grandchildren; brother Gerald (Sue) Boelke, Monroe, Wis.; and nieces and nephews. 

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, sisters, Irene and Marian; brothers, Albert and Chester; daughter, Anette Masters; and three great-granddaughters, Katie, Alissa, and Maddie.

A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m., with visitation at 2 p.m. until service time, at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 102 Maple Ave., Mt. Morris. 

Memorials have ben established to the church or the Mt. Morris Senior Citizens Council.

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