The Washington Times-Herald


May 15, 2013

Shirley Ausbrook

Feb. 3, 1939 - May 14, 2013

CLAY CITY, Ill. — Shirley J. Ausbrook passed away Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. Shirley was born on Feb. 3, 1939, in Clay City, Ill., to Leo and Vida E. Murbarger. She married Arthur E. “Red” Ausbrook on Jan. 24, 1958. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2011. Shirley’s career was a teacher in the Clay City Unit 10 School District from 1971 to 1995 where she influenced thousands of students. She was a member of the Clay City United Methodist Church. She is survived by her mother, Vida E. Murbarger, formerly of Clay City; children, Trudy Hunley and husband David of Atlanta, Ga., Brad Ausbrook and wife Sarah of Washington, and Leo Duane Ausbrook of Noble Ill.; grandchildren, Mickie Hart of Cumming, Ga., Arthur J. “A.J.” and Melanie Harrison of Killeen, Texas, Ian and Cassie Hunley of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Jesse and Stephen Cerniglia of Atlanta, Sierra and Cassidy Ausbrook of Louisville, Ky., Rachel (Knepp) and Matt Anderson of Montgomery, Jenny (Knepp) and Trent McWilliams, of Washington, Mark Elrod of Washington, Heather and Keith Nicholson of Montgomery, Chrissie Elrod of Vincennes, Jacqueline and Chris McCarthy of Rinard, Ill., Emily and Jeremy Schofield of Clay City, and Jon Ausbrook of Clay City; great-grandchildren, Triston, Mika, McKenna, Noah, Joel, Brodie, Daniel, Joey, Brantley, Fiona and Hunter; mother-in-law, Mary B. Bangert of Olney, Ill.; sisters, Marilyn (Murbarger) and Steve Helburn of Yulee, Fla., Phyllis (Murbarger) and Jim Koss of Casey, Ill., Carolyn (Murbarger) and Larry Sunday of Lakeland, Fla.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Murbarger, and husband, Red Ausbrook. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. EST Saturday at Clay City United Methodist Church. Burial will immediately follow in the Clay City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST at Frank and Bright Funeral Home, Flora, Ill., and also one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Clay City Fire Department or Clay City United Methodist Church. An online guest book is available at

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