Lura Aurelius

October 25, 1917November 27, 2011


Lura M. Aurelius, 94 of Urbana, formerly of the Chicago area, passed away at 12:40am, Sunday November 27, 2011 at Meadowbrook Health Center, Urbana.

Lura was born October 25, 1917 in Chicago to Samuel J. and Helen Howell Aurelius.

Surviving are 2 nieces, Debbie (John Muir) Aurelius-Muir, Bloomington and Bonnie (Terry Hallcock) Braselton, Tempe, AZ; 1 nephew, Michael Aurelius of Munster, Indiana; 3 great-nephews, J. Lewis (Charlotte) Muir, Martin (Kate)Muir, Matthew (Kristie) Braselton; 3 great-nieces, Adelaide (Luca) Trombetta, Wendy Muir, and Rebekah (Chad Denmark) Braselton; 6 great-great nephews, Samuel, Ethan, Quinn, Caleb, Benjamin and Judah; 2 great-great nieces, Bethany and Harper; 2 sisters-in-law, Efty Aurelius and Charlotte Aurelius.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Samuel Job Aurelius and Lewis McDermut Aurelius. Lura was graduated from the Chicago Public Teacher’s College and then went on to teach in the Chicago Public School System for over 30 years. During her summers off, she was a camp counselor at a girls’ camp in Wisconsin. She was a member of Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Champaign.

A memorial service for Lura will be held in September 2012. Cremation rites have been accorded by East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington.

Memorial contribution may be made in her memory to Habitat for Humanity.

A memorial website has been established at, where condolences may be sent to the family.


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December 15, 2011

Dear Deb and Family,

When I think of Lura I will always remember her great laugh, the jar of green stuffed olives and the can of cashews she always brought to St. Catherine's Guild as well as the jokes she would print out and read at the meetings. She was one of a kind and I feel fortunate to have called her my friend.

With love,
Lori Dobrik

Frieda Linsner

December 13, 2011

I also had Miss Aurelius as a teacher at Bennett Elementary School on Chicago's South Side: 6th grade in 1974-75. How surprised I was to see her obituary in my local paper, and sad that I didn't know she lived just across town. I would like to have visited her. My condolences to the family. It seems she spent her life well, serving and guiding children.

Aimee Wright

December 11, 2011

I was a housekeeper at Clark-Lindsey Village until May 29, 2011 when I got married and moved to Iowa. She was on my apartment schedule ten years ago shortly after I started working there. When I got taken out of the apartments five years ago, she'd still remember who I was when I subbed occassionally for her next housekeeper. I think I was one of few who got her sense of humor. She was a pleasant lady. My condolences go out to her family this holiday season. Sincerely, Aimee Wright

December 11, 2011

I believe Miss Aurelius was my teacher at Bennett Elementary school in Chicago in the 1950s, and was a member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church in the Roseland neighborhood. I have fond memories of her and my late mother was always amazed at how she transformed my unreadable chicken scratchings into completely legible handwriting. It seems that she had a long and fulfilling life - my sympathies are with all in the family

Paul Waterhouse