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Cecelia M. Girres 1923-2011

Jan 27, 2011

MALLARD — A Mass of Christian Burial for Cecelia (Celia) Girres will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mallard. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mallard.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Cecelia Marie (Murphy) Girres, the daughter of Morton and Emma (Soens) Murphy, was born Feb. 1, 1923 in Ayrshire. She grew up in Emmetsburg and graduated from Catholic High School in 1941. During the first part of World War II Cecelia worked at SAC Air Force Base in Omaha.

On May 9, 1944 she married Cletus (“Shorty”) Girres of Mallard. They lived in Hutchinson, KS while Cletus served in the Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, they lived in various locations in Northwest Iowa.

In 1952 Cletus and Cecelia moved to Story City where she lived until 1991. In addition to raising her five children, she was an active member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, teaching religious education and was involved in ladies circle. She was also a member of the Story City American Legion Auxiliary Post 59.

After retirement, Cecelia moved to Mallard. In 2004, Cecelia moved to North Richland Hills, TX where she was a resident of Keller Oaks Nursing Home until her death.

Cecelia passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 from pneumonia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus; her son, Mark; her sisters, Louise Appelquist and Jeanette Barber; and her brothers, Francis Murphy and Jack Murphy.

Cecelia is survived by her son, Gary Girres and his wife Sharon of South Weber, UT; daughters, Barbara Hagen and her husband Tom of North Richland Hills, TX, Jeanine Kulasevig and her husband Bob of Boca Raton, FL, and Sandra Price and her husband Jim of Wichita, KS; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Morton “Turk” Murphy and his wife, Alys of Monona, WI and sister Carol Schuller of Emmetsburg.

For those not wishing to send flowers, donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Keller, TX or St. Mary’s Parish in Mallard.

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