CENTRALIA — Marietta Kirkland Broughton, 83, of Centralia, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015 at Centralia Manor in Centralia, with her family at her side.
She was born May 26, 1932 in Centralia, the daughter of Dwight and Ruby Lee (Burger) Kirkland. She married James B. Broughton on January 17, 1955 in Centralia, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 1998.
Mrs. Broughton is survived by her son, Tom Broughton and wife Georgianne of Centralia; two daughters, Jennifer Castellari and husband Mike, and Patty Broughton Williams, all of Centralia; grandchildren, Jimmy Broughton of Tucson, Arizona, Mitchell Broughton of Nashville, Tennessee, and Regan Broughton, Tim Castellari, and Emma Castellari, all of Centralia; sisters-in-law, Elvera Kirkland, and Marcelline Kirkland, both of Centralia, Johnsie Kirkland of Houston, Texas, Donna Simpson of Jefferson City, Missouri and Grace Mueth of Dakota, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband of 43 years, she was preceded in death by her son, James Kirkland Broughton; son-in-law, Larry Williams; brothers, Donald Kirkland, Francis Kirkland, Charles Kirkland and Keith Kirkland; brothers-in-law, Frank Hillard, Harry Broughton and Edward Mueth; and sisters-in-law, Mary Louise Hillard and Evelyn Broughton.
Mrs. Broughton graduated with the Centralia Township High School’s “Class of 1950.” After graduation at the age of 18, she began her career with the Centralia Morning Sentinel as sports editor. During her 50-plus years with the Morning Sentinel, she was also feature editor, managing editor and retired as editor of the newspaper. In 1991, she was honored with the Master Editor Award given by Southern Illinois Editors Association and was inducted into the Southern Illinois University’s Journalism Hall of Honor. She was the Public Relations Director at St. Mary’s Hospital for 5 years.
Mrs. Broughton was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Booster Club. She was chairman of the Centralia Cancer Society in 1971, Chairman of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, original organizer of Keep Centralia Beautiful in 1985, chairman of Bicentennial Park and the preservation of the Illinois Central Wooden Water Tower in 2001, member of Centralia Noon Rotary, past member of the Centralia Foundation Board, director of Centralia Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Balloon Fest Pilot Registration Committee, chairman of the Greater Centralia United Fund, chairman of St. Mary’s Hospital Development Council, member of the Madonna Club, charter member of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, member of the Healthcare Foundation Ball Committee, member of the Centralia High School Alumni Association and sponsor of Tri-Chi Sorority.
Mrs. Broughton volunteered as a den mother for the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, member of the Centralia Chapter of the American Red Cross, Marion County Tuberculosis Inoculation Programs and Centralia Youth Groups.
Mrs. Broughton received the Centralia Business and Professional Clubs’ Woman of the Year Award in 1976 and Centralia Jaycees Distinguished Citizen Award in 1988. She was the first recipient of the Centralia City Schools “Reach for the Stars” Award in 2006.
Mrs. Broughton was the first recipient of the Kaskaskia College Honorary Associate Degree in 2003. She was instrumental in starting the Teachers’ Coaches Entrepreneurship Program and guest lecture series at Kaskaskia College. She was chairman of the Kaskaskia College Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Kaskaskia College Scholarship Committee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Centralia, with Reverend Dale Maxfield and Reverend James Dougherty officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Centralia.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Broughton’s memory to St. Mary School, St. Mary Catholic Church or Heritage Woods’ Activity Fund and will be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.
Online Condolences of Sympathy may be left for Mrs. Broughton’s family at moranfuneralhome.net or on Facebook.