"Bert" Magill- Community Servant Passes at Age 86

A tireless community servant- Roberta "Bert" Magill died January 14th. Magill was a late-starter in the education profession, gaining a degree at age 40, then her masters at age 42, where she then began her 30-year career as a reading teacher at Huntington Schools.

Although retired from teaching, Magill stayed active as a volunteer with many organizations including the American Red Cross. She was infamous for some of her costumes that she wore at the annual "Dan & Mike Blood Drives" on WBEX. 

Her obituary from Haller's Funeral Home state that she was also active in her community as a member of the American Association of University Women and by serving on the board of Tecumseh, and as a 70-year member of Walnut Street United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. Perhaps her proudest accomplishments were her roles in philanthropic outreach: as a founder of the Central and Southern Ohio chapter of the Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America, and on the board of the Red Cross, to which she donated more than 22 gallons of blood (in fact, those who saw her around town would recognize her car by the “GIV BLD” license plate).

From composing music to winning tennis trophies at the Chillicothe Racquet Club, Magill also wrote and illustrated a children’s book.

A memorial service will be held 1pm, January 20th at the Walnut Street United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ross Co. Unit of the American Red Cross, 181 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.


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