WINGO — Miss Ila Estelle Garrigus, age 99, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 5:20 p.m. at the Golden Living Center in Union City, Tenn.
Miss Garrigus was born near Palmersville, Tenn., in Weakley County on December 23, 1913, to the parents of Robert Bedford Garrigus and Laura Mae Butler Garrigus.
Ila attended grammar school at the French School, which was a one room school. She attended grades 7 through 12 at the Pilot Oak High School where she graduated in 1932. Ila graduated from Murray State Teachers College in 1942 after stopping for seven and one-half years to teach at the Pilot Oak School for grades 3 and 4. During World War II, Ila moved to Detroit, Mich., to work in a military aircraft engine factory testing aircraft engines.
In 1946, Ila taught school in Paducah, Ky., for two years at McKinley Grammar School.
Miss Garrigus moved to Peoria, Ill., in 1948 where she taught at the Columbia, Loucks, and Tyng schools until her retirement in 1976.
In 1976, Ila moved back to Lone Oak, Ky. Ila worshiped at the Lone Oak Church of Christ where she was active in the Senior Ladies Group.
Ila moved from Lone Oak to live in the home of her nephew, Larry and Joyce Russell in Union City, Tenn., in July 2006.
In Union City, Tenn., Miss Ila attended church at the Exchange Street Church of Christ when she could until her health declined, which placed her in the Golden Living Center where she resided until her death.
She is survived by her nephew, Denton Russell of Searcy, Ark.; nephew, Larry Russell of Union City, Tenn.; nephew, James Dennis Garrigus of Lone Oak, Ky.; niece, Laura Fae Davis of South Fulton, Tenn.; niece, Linda Sue Holman of Wingo, Ky.; and niece, Patricia Hall of Palm Bay, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two sisters, Gracie Russell and Fannie Garrigus; two brothers, James Garrigus and Vodie Garrigus; and niece, Bonnie Willett.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home in Wingo, Ky., with Bro. Bobby Crittendon officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Brown Funeral Home in Wingo, Ky.
Pallbearers will be Charles Russell, Ped Foster, Craig Russell, Caleb Russell, Garrett Foster and Gabe Willett.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund, c/o Laura Davis, 9584 Fields Road, South Fulton, TN 38257.