E. Muriel Blaine was born August 31, 1922, in Scotland County near Bible Grove, Missouri and died Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Memphis, Missouri, at the Scotland County Hospital.
Muriel was the 5th child of eight born to Elmer and Addie (Roberts) Wright. She grew up on a farm near Bible Grove and attended school at Bible Grove.
She taught elementary school in rural Scotland County before marrying Millard Fillmore Blaine on November 21, 1945. To this marriage four children were born. Michael Millard in 1946, Maurice (Reese) Wright in 1948, Myron Dee in l950 and Myrna Beth in 1960.
In the 1950’s, Millard and Muriel bought a farm in Adair County and farmed for several years. While living there, Muriel worked for the Missouri Division of Family Services headquartered at Kirksville, Missouri.
While living in Edina, Missouri, Muriel ran a nursery school for preschoolers. She loved children and enjoyed doing anything that involved them. Part of her life ministry was to keep foster children. Her family was opened to those foster children many times. She also worked in the Abstract Office in Edina, Missouri.
Wherever they lived, Muriel always taught Vacation Bible School and sang in the church choir. She loved music and singing.
Muriel also served as registrar for Trenton Junior College in Trenton, Missouri, in the 1970’s.
After retirement, Millard and Muriel lived in Kirksville, then rural Knox County, Missouri and finally in Memphis.
Muriel was a member of First Baptist Church in Memphis. She was always a very active member in support of her church’s ongoing work.
She loved to hunt for mushrooms in the spring. She took up deer hunting as a grandmother and hunted with the family for several years. The family gatherings to hunt, swap stories and just be together were times she loved.
Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and five of her seven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her four children: Michael and wife, Pamela, of Baring, Missouri; Maurice (Reese) and wife, Barb, of Shelbina, Missouri; Myron and wife, Peggy, of Hannibal, Missouri and Myrna of Camdenton, Missouri; ten grandchildren: Julie Morris (and Barney), Jeanna Wilkinson (and Joe), Jeremy Blaine (and Jo), Justin Blaine, Jeff Blaine (and Stephanie), Jon Blaine (and Angela), James Blaine (and Cindi), Kisha Sherman (and Kenny), Bill Blaine (and Deena), Matthew Blaine (and Becky); thirty-one great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; a sister, Opal Emel and a brother, Andrew Wright and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will open after 12 noon on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Memphis Funeral Home with the family present to greet relatives and friends from 6 until 8 P.M.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Memphis with Pastors Dan Hite and Jeff Blaine officiating. Burial will follow in Parkview Memorial Gardens in Kirksville, Missouri. Casket bearers will be Jeff Blaine, James Blaine, Jon Blaine, William Blaine, Matthew Blaine and Jeremy Blaine. Honorary bearers will be Bernard Morris, Joe Wilkinson, Kenny Sherman and Justin Blaine.
Memorials may be made to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home or First Baptist Church (Memphis) and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.
Online condolences to the Blaine family may be made by logging onto memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.