Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Obituaries

News Obituaries

Frances A. Murray, Red Cross worker

Frances A. Murray, a Red Cross worker who served overseas during World War II, died at the Blakehurst retirement community Nov. 28 of complications from a fall. She was 92 and had lived in Baltimore County's Woodbrook area.

Born Frances Jane Abbott in Grandfield, Okla., she was the daughter of farmers whose forebears were early settlers of what was then a territory. She earned a degree at North Texas State Teachers College, where she played basketball on a championship team. She joined the American Red Cross in 1943 and was sent to England aboard the Queen Mary. Family members said she was one of 10 women aboard the vessel, which was carrying thousands of troops.

Assigned to an air base near Dover, England, she ran the Aero Club for pilots and mechanics. In a memoir, she said, "We watch them [the pilots] take off in the early morning, and all during the day as we go about our work, we have a silent prayer in our hearts that they will return safely in the afternoon."

She later served in France and witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

After the war she moved to Baltimore and became a Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks rec leader. In 1953, she married Edward Emerson Murray, a relative of the inventor of Bromo Seltzer.

She lived for many years on Meadow Road. She belonged to the Woodbrook-Murray Hill Garden Club, played tennis at the Bare Hills Club and enjoyed bridge.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St., where she was a member.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Andrew Murray and Christian Emerson Murray, both of Woodbrook; a daughter, Frances Murray Keenan of Baltimore; a sister, Esther Kirkman of Rockport, Texas; and seven grandchildren. Her husband of 44 years died in 1997.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Raymond J. Hiser, artist
    Raymond J. Hiser, artist

    Raymond J. Hiser Sr., a retired illustrator who was a volunteer aboard the Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of pneumonia. The Cockeysville resident was 89.

  • James L. Bradley
    James L. Bradley

    James L. Bradley, an influential and beloved English teacher who taught at Owings Mills High School for more than 30 years, died Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center of complications from Lyme disease.

  • Margaret P. Kookogey, secretary
    Margaret P. Kookogey, secretary

    Margaret P. Kookogey, a retired executive secretary and a longtime Towson resident, died April 26 of pancreatic cancer at a son's Lutherville home. She was 95.

  • Ella L. Lomax
    Ella L. Lomax

    Ella L. Lomax, a cosmetologist and a homemaker who raised and cared for more than 30 foster children for nearly half a century, died April 27 at her Ashburton home of congestive heart failure. She was 99.

  • Gary S. Lewis
    Gary S. Lewis

    Gary Selfe Lewis, who expanded a family-owned janitorial supply house with consumer-oriented do-it-yourself extermination kits and other products, died of meningitis April 26 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Monkton resident was 72.

  • Joyce "Joi" Stokes, city purchasing agent
    Joyce "Joi" Stokes, city purchasing agent

    Joyce Priscilla Tucker Stokes, a retired buyer with the Baltimore City Bureau of Purchases, died of cancer April 23 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The New Northwood area resident was 74.

Comments
Loading

72°