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Myra Mae Westray

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

CLINTON — Myra Mae Westray, 94, of Clinton, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on January 19, 2013, at Manor Court, Clinton.

A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Calvert’s, Rev. Samantha Keller officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton.

Memorials may be made to the Clinton Presbyterian Church choir fund.

Myra was born on November 5, 1918 in Kenney, Ill., daughter of Reed Persinger and Pearl (BeMent) Persinger. She married Kenneth B. Westray on June 5, 1940 in St. Louis. He passed away on July 6, 1976.

Survivors include children Mary Ann (Emory) Luck, Fresno, Calif.; Kaye (Steve) McMahan, Henderson, Nev., and Kenneth R. Westray, Olney, Ill. grandchildren Amy L. (Rick) Haney, Chanute, Kan., and Kenneth (Kelley) McMahon, Phoenix, Ariz.; great- grandchildren Kenneth Haney, Reese Haney, Jordan McMahon, Cael McMahon, and nephew Ed Kaufman, Decatur, Ill.

Her parents, one sister Ada Rose Kaufman, and two step- brothers Don and Frank Kemp preceded her in death.

Myra was a member of the Clinton Presbyterian Church. She was the first of two female county sheriffs in Illinois when she served as DeWitt County Sheriff from 1941-1944, for her husband, who was serving in WWII. She was an English teacher at Clinton Community High School for 25 years. Myra also worked as a reporter for the Clinton Journal. Myra loved sports; she was a card-carrying, die-hard Cubs fan, avid Illini and bears fan. She played softball in her youth and adult years, was a good golfer, bowler and bridge player. She was a member of he National Education Association, Clinton Retired Teachers, Elks and the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. She will be missed by her former students, coworkers, friends and family. Her joyful love for life will be cherished by all who knew her.

Online condolences may be offered at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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