Martha Vancil

Martha VancilMartha Caroline Vancil, 90, of Astoria, formerly of Havana and Rushville, died at 2:17 a.m. April 1, 2008, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

She was born Sunday, Oct. 7, 1917, in Buena Vista Township, Schuyler County, a daughter of Jasper and Ethel May Cunningham Greenlief. She married Vassar C. Vancil on Feb. 14, 1937, in Rushville. He died Feb. 1, 1994.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Nina Evelyn Peak and Genevieve Lucille Greenlief Howe; six brothers, Rommel Eugene Greenlief, Harry Calvin Greenlief, Charles Columbus Greenlief, Carroll Keith Greenlief, Clyde Wayne Greenlief and Richard Jasper Greenlief.

Surviving are one son, Alan Carl (and Christian) Vancil of La Mesa, Calif.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She and her husband owned and operated Vancil Hatchery in Rushville from 1937 to 1958 and owned and operated Amboy Feeds from 1959 to 1961. She was a home service representative for CIPS Company from 1961 until retiring.

She was active in Schuyler County Girl Scouting from 1937 to 1958 and was president of the Rushville Girl Scout Association from 1950 to 1951.

She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church of Havana and lifetime member and past president of Havana PEO.

A private, family memorial service was held Sunday with Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to her church.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 4/9/2008