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Arilla (Butler) Murley

Born: Mon., Oct. 14, 1929
Died: Thu., Jun. 10, 2021


3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 12, 2021
6:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 13, 2021
Location: Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Jun. 13, 2021
Location: Stockton Cemetery

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Arilla Marie Butler Murley, 91, went home to heaven on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Arilla's life was a symphony of God's love, and she was a blessing to all who knew her. 

She was born on October 14, 1929 to James Franklin and Cora Cary Butler in Gradyville, KY. She was married to her sweetheart, Bill Murley, for 43 years, and they were blessed with two children: Donna Hope and James Burris. 
Arilla loved Jesus more than anything in this life, and bringing Him glory was her lifelong ambition. She was a gifted musician who was entirely self-taught and played multiple instruments, from the piano to the guitar and accordion. She always used her love of music to bless others, serving her church, Leslie United Methodist, as well as the community and Cumberland Valley Manor. After raising her children, she began working in activities at CVM, where she brought joy to so many for 27 wonderful years. Wherever she went, Arilla's mission was to show the love of God to others whether that was through a smile, a hug, a kind word, or a song. She is so loved by so many.
Arilla's favorite role of all was being a devoted Nanny to her five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Many a day was spent in Nanny's yard swinging, wading in the branch, or stomping through the woods. She was always ready with a listening ear and something sweet to eat. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Murley; brothers, Terry Butler, Paul Butler and Stanley Butler; sister, Ruth Murley; and brother-in-law, Norman Murley. She is survived by: a daughter, Donna Hope (& Jerry) Karr of Richmond; a son, Jim (& Barbara) Murley of Burkesville; five grandchildren, Aja Hope (& AJ) Jacobi of Richmond, Kris (& Megan) Karr of Washington, D.C., Chris (& Kristin) Murley of Bowling Green, Rachel Marie (and Brent) McDaris of Burkesville, and Sara (& Josh) Moore of Richmond; ten great-grandchildren: Hanah, Hope, Anne-Kelly, Rue, Myla, Cora, Tilly, Eli, Stockton, and Oscar; special nieces and nephews, Norma Jo Murley, Susan (& Randall) Davidson, Deborah (& Sam) Keen, Judy (& Mark) Knowles, and Tim (& Lisa) Murley; and many more beloved family and friends. 
Pallbearers include: AJ Jacobi, Kris Karr, Chris Murley, Brent McDaris, Josh Moore, Hanah Moore, and Hope Moore. Honorary Pallbearers include: Randall Davidson, Todd Davidson, Joey Davidson, Lucas Davidson, Sam Keen, Andrew Keen, Leigh Ann Beevers, Mark Knowles, Joshua Knowles, Tim Murley, Brady Murley, Joe Murley, Dick Stockton, Doug Butler, Bobby Joe Butler, and Joe David Brown. 
A visitation will be held at Ballou and Stotts Funeral Home on Saturday, June 12 from 3-9 pm and on Sunday, June 13 from 6 am until 1 pm. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 2 pm at the Stockton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Stockton Cemetery Fund at First and Farmers National Bank in Burkesville. Food can be delivered to Ballou and Stotts Funeral Home

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Kathy G.
   Posted Fri June 11, 2021
What a beauty she was both inside and out. She has shared her talents with many! Thinking of her family who are left behind. They are a Godly family with many talents also.
Prayers for you all!!

Teresia Huddleston
   Posted Fri June 11, 2021
I can fondly remember her coming to pick us up over 50 years ago for vacation Bible school at Leslie. Our mom didn’t drive & she would always come & get us.
Such great memories. She was a wonderful person.

Beverly Alexander
   Posted Sat June 12, 2021
What a loving and dear lady. I loved her very much. God be with you. I know she is singing right now♥️🥲.

Sandy McDaris
   Posted Sat June 12, 2021
Arilla ( Nanny) will be missed by so many because of the love she showed to everyone. When I met her for the first time she told me to call her Nanny. I always enjoyed sitting and talking with her. You always felt good after being with her. Arilla was a pillar of the community. They always say people will remember the day you were born and the day you died. It’s the dash between those dates is what matters. When I think of her dash I see love, Godly, caring, sweetness, helping and encouragement. Oh how we will miss her in so many ways. I will be praying and thinking of the family. Love y’all.

Stevie and Melissa wright
   Posted Sat June 12, 2021
I remember meeting ms.Arilla when my grandma was staying in the nursing home and she played the piano and sang to all the residents there and she continued being our friend of the family after my grandma passed away years later and she was my mom’s best friend for many years and I know she will greatly miss her and having long we will be praying for the family and lots of love for the family. The Wright family

Judy Thurman Cary
   Posted Sun June 13, 2021
Prayers and love for entire family....Such sweet memories...🙏🙏🙏❤

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