GEORGIA LOU (JONES) NORTHRUP, 90, of Springfield died July 18, 2012.
She was born in Lowder, Illinois on July 19, 1922, the fourth daughter of George and Ollie Lou Jones. She married Charles H. Northrup in 1946; he preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Lucille, Ruth and Bertha.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield since 1946 and served the church for many years as a deacon, elder and trustee. She also served as a Commissioner to the Synod of Lincoln Trails and to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
For more than five decades she was an active member and supporter of the Abraham Lincoln Association and for many years served on its Board of Directors. She remained an Emeritus Board Member until the time of her death. In 2008 she received the Association’s highest honor, the Logan Hay Medal, in recognition of her noteworthy contributions to the ALA’s mission of preserving, collecting, and disseminating information on Abraham Lincoln’s life.
Devoted to a lifetime of service to others, she had been an active member of, and held local and national leadership roles in, many organizations, including the PEO Sisterhood, Sunnyside Literary Circle, King’s Daughters Circle, the Junior League, and the Springfield Art Association.
She was an avid traveler and supporter of the arts. As a lifelong student of history, she was a member of the Sangamon County Historical Society and enjoyed years of service as a docent at Springfield landmarks, including the First Presbyterian Church and the Governor’s Mansion.
Mrs. Northrup received an undergraduate degree in economics from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1944. She was President of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
She is survived by her two sons and three daughters: Mark (wife Theresa) of Seattle, WA; Charles (wife Dianne McNamee) of Springfield; Melinda Knarr (husband Lindsay) of Chambersburg, PA; Judith Northrup (husband Joseph Virgilio) of Western Springs, IL; and Susan Scott (husband Don) of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren (Daniel, John, Michael, Jennifer, Megan, Patrick and Evan); her sister-in-law, Jean Northrup, of Springfield; and her two nephews, Charles Lindquist (Danville, CA) and Curtis Lindquist (Decatur, GA).
Services are under the direction of Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel, 800 S. Grand Avenue, West. Friends may call at Boardman-Smith from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 South 7th Street at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 27. Private burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church Tiffany Window Restoration Fund or the Abraham Lincoln Association Endowment Fund, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701.