MARSHALL – Deloris Ann Kirchner Maurer, 82, traveled on to her heavenly journey Dec. 12, 2019. She was able to spend her last earthly day in her own home surrounded by loved ones.
Services in honor of her life will be held at Pearce Funeral Home. The funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the funeral home. A brief graveside service in Forsythe Cemetery follows the funeral. Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Maurer was born Nov 27, 1937, the third child born to Oscar and Lucille Kirchner. She arrived into this world in Clarksville and was given back to Jesus in Clarksville It was a cold Dec. 24, 1956, night when she married the love of her life Bob Maurer. He preceded her to heaven Feb 14, 2016. After spending their last three wedding anniversaries apart, they will be together once again this year. Little did she know what blessings were ahead of her.
Her love lives on through her children, George Maurer, Noble Maurer, Roy (Denise) Maurer and Sara (Jim) Burdick, all of Marshall. Her legacy carries on through her grandchildren who call her fondly, "Grandma Dode." Grandma's blessings are Taylor Maurer, Chris Maurer, Cayla Maurer, Emily Bays, Elissa Maurer, Elaina Maurer, Alyssa Dossett, Dalton Sanders, Demi Burdick and Jesse Burdick. She was also Grandma to six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Kay (Richard) Williams.
Siblings Reba Pickens, John Kirchner, Connie Cooper, Judy Rhoads and Pearl Mollet have all made their journey to the next realm and without doubt were waiting to welcome their sister into Gods kingdom.
Mrs. Maurer and her siblings grew up in the country and spent many days in the garden and canning the produce from the fruits of their labor. These were the days that taught her to be so hardworking and able to do whatever she set her mind to. She wore many bonnets in her day. She was an excellent cook and baker. She had a green thumb that could grow a bounty. She was an amazing seamstress who stitched the most beautiful quilts. She wrote a column for our local newspaper for many years, titled, "Clarksville Chit Chat." She made it a point to keep in close contact with her family and neighbors to see how they were and if she could help them in any way.
She earned her teaching degree from EIU in 1957. She was married while he was in the Army and she was in college so some of their early marriage was spent apart. Teaching was her passion. Teaching was what she was born to do. She started out teaching seventh grade in 1960 in Marshall. In 1961, she started teaching fifth grade in the upstairs of the Old Girls gym. In 1963, she taught at the Old North School and in 1965 she landed at the new North School passing on her educational values to those blessed enough to have her for a teacher.
She was a hands-on teacher. She made going to class an adventure. In 1983, she won the Top Ten teachers in WTHI 's awards and in 1984 she was chosen as Teacher of the Year. She was a member of Retired Teachers Association. She retired in 1987, after 33 years. She was a member of home extension and enjoyed both teaching and learning through that program. Mrs. and Mr. Maurer both enjoyed many years as members of the Antique Power Club. She was also a member of the EIU Alumni Association.
She will be so missed by those mentioned, sisters-in-law Rosalee Smith, Maxine Maurer, and Millena Maurer, brother-in-law Larry Mollet, many nieces and nephews, former students, her friends and community.
Mrs. Maurer’s actions and incredible example showed her children, grandchildren and students are behaviors that should be emulated by all of us. She was a true role model.
The family asks for the donation of backpacks and/or school supplies for North Elementary School. There will be a basket at the funeral home to receive the donations. Those who make the donation are also asked to sign the designated book so gratitude can be shown.
Online condolences at www.pearcefuneralservices.com.