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Sara Jane Murtagh of Fayette died April 4, 2014, at Boone County Hospital.

She was born Aug. 13, 1922, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strackbein of Lowden, Iowa.

On July 24, 1949, she married Joseph G. Murtagh of San Francisco, Calif. He preceded her in the death in October 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in Fayette.

Sara graduated from Lowden High School and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She then taught high school and adult education in California. After moving to Chicago, she taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory School.

For the last 49 years, she has lived in Fayette, where her husband taught at Central Methodist University. She was a member of the Book Club, P.E.O., All Year Round Club, Linn Lydia Circle and R.D. Bridge Club.

Survivors include a son, Charles of Bozeman, Mont.; daughter Catherine of San Francisco, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Amanda and Amelia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to P.A.W.S.

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