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MURRAY – Frances Clara

August 14, 1927 – May 8, 2010

Frances Murray, our own Anne of Green Gables, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the age of 82 years.

Frances was born in Moose Jaw, SK on August 14, 1927. While performing the lead role in the school play “Anne of Green Gables”, she fell in love with her “Gilbert”, played by Robert (Bob) Murray. These high school sweethearts married in 1949 after which they travelled through the world following Bob’s work and raising three children. During their travels Frances touched the lives of many across the four corners of the globe, finally settling in Calgary in 1973. Frances and Bob delighted in surrounding themselves with friends and family and their home was the centre of many wonderful social gatherings. Frances was passionate about her Blue Jays baseball team, never failing to cheer them on with every game. She was also an adept bridge player who spent her time volunteering for various charities, the most recent being the Ladies Foothills Hospital Auxiliary. Frances was unfailingly gracious in every aspect of her life and her memory will be cherished for her caring nature and generosity.

Frances will be dearly missed by her husband of sixty years Bob Murray; as well as her three children, Richard (Lenice) Murray, Shauna Pratt and Carole (Jerry) Sapieha. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Valerie (Duyane), Douglas, Ryan and Kelsey; and by her two great-grandchildren, Castor and Logan. She will remain in our hearts forever.

Frances’ family invites all of her friends to attend a Celebration of her life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Frances Murray, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Mary & Chris Taschuk :

    Dear Bob & Family: We are so very sorry of your Loss-your loss is also our loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    All our Love, Mary,Chris & Janice

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  2. Susan Tumback (Drackett) :

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Kindest regards,
    Susan

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  3. Karen Molnar (Bonke) :

    Dear Mr. Murray, Carole, Jerry and family,

    I was so saddened to hear of Mrs. Murray’s passing. You are all very blessed to have had such a wonderful woman in your life and I know she will live on forever in your hearts.

    Thinking of you all,
    Karen

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  4. Janet Stone :

    Carole, Shauna, Richard, Dad Murray and your families.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

    Your mum was a wonderful person who has left me with beautiful memories to cherish. I am such a lucky person to have known and loved her for so many years. I am sorry I can’t be there with you but my love, hugs and tears are being sent from Australia to you.

    Love from Janet and my family (Leigh, Rachael and Erin)

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  5. Diana Mepsted :

    Dear Bob and family

    Our thoughts and love are with you at this very difficult time. Please accept our condolences for your loss.

    Our memories of Fran as we shared social occasions in South Australia, were of a lovely, caring lady – she will be greatly missed.

    Our love

    Diana and Ric Mepsted.

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  6. Steve Reistetter :

    Bob,

    We deeply regret your loss and send our prayers to you and your family. Your loss will be transmitted to and shared by your Kellogg Family around the world.

    Steve Reistetter
    KOTC President

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  7. Don & Moira Vaughn :

    So sorry to hear about Fran. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bob and your family. Regards Don & Moira

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  8. Jacki Sampson (Wild) :

    Dear Mr. Murray, Carole, Richard, Shauna and your families –

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen Mrs. Murray, and at a time like this I so regret the passing of those years. I have so many wonderful memories of happy times spent with your family.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences – Mrs. Murray is the perfect example of a life well lived and we are all better for having known her.

    Love.

    Jacki, Wayne, David, Bradley, &

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  9. Digby Morrison :

    Dear Bob and Family.
    My(and our) sincere and heart-felt condolences for the loss of Frances. I have memories of your warmth, generosity and merriment which were shared with you both during our brief stay, and I always remember Mum’s fond references from my childhood about the Murray’s from Calgary.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Much love
    Digby (Carmel, India and Grace)

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  10. Beverley Orser :

    Dear Carole, Shauna, Richard, and Bob,

    We were very sorry to learn of the passing of Fran. Mom will miss her greatly as she considers you both two of her closest and dearest friends. I can only remember Fran smiling and giving her little chuckle. She was a wonderful ball of energy and kind person.

    Best wishes,
    Beverley Orser

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  11. Douglas Pratt :

    Dear Family,
    I’m sorry that I could not be there in person. I’ve missed all of you very much and will miss Grandma. I remember an instance that napkins are not napkins but they are “serviettes” it was this unique character that helped to develop a wide understanding of culture in my life. Though silent in her lay-z boy sipping on coffee, when it came down to business ( blue jays games) she was very boisterous of her opinion, in a good way of course, without loss of tact. We will all miss you Grandma but you will always be with us as the fond memories of you will never fade from existence.

    Love you Grandma,
    Douglas Pratt

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  12. Sam & Tara Demare :

    Dear Bob & Family

    We were very sorry to learn of the passing of Fran, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sam & Tara DeMare

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  13. Catherine Pearse :

    Dear Bob, Richard, Shauna, Carole, and all your dear loved ones,

    How saddened I was to hear of the loss of your beloved Frances, Mom, Grandma… What a beautiful sweet soul she will always Be.

    She was always mindful of everyone; wanted to make sure all were comfortable, fed, cared for. I especially remember her kindness to me that week following my surgery in January of ’97. Wow. Now that is Love.

    May lovely memories uphold you all, give you comfort and peace…

    Love from Winnipeg –
    Cathy (Jervis) Pearse

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