Margaret Lucille Murray passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, with family by her side. She was 81. Margaret was born on Sept. 26, 1937, to Roy Clifford and Mildred Lucille (Gunderson) Chaney in Moscow, Idaho. They later relocated to Everett, Washington, where Margaret graduated from high school with the class of 1955.
In 1956, Margaret moved to the Grays Harbor area and married Bobby Joe Murray on March 16, 1956. Bobby Joe and Margaret had five children together and spent many years camping and enjoying their growing family side by side.
Margaret was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell until she became the first licensed daycare provider in Grays Harbor in 1973. After 26 years, Margaret retired and was able to continue her hobbies of crocheting, quilting and camping full time.
Even in retirement Margaret continued to stay active in the Grays Harbor community. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Golden Agers, Fraternal Order of the Elma Eagles and her local V.F.W, where she served as president, past president and attended national conventions throughout her membership. She also joined various pinochle, bunko, camping and birthday clubs.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Bobby Joe Murray Sr., of Cosmopolis; sons Bobby Joe (Tanya) Murray Jr. of Montesano, Richard (Sarah) Murray of Aberdeen and Lawrence Murray of Aberdeen, daughters, Cynthia (Fred) Pellegrini of Hoquiam and Barbara (Dennis) Dyer of Aberdeen, sisters Donna Rae Tonn of Montesano and Betty Raffleson of Cosmopolis; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Roy Clifford Chaney Jr.
Margaret will be inurned at Forest Hill Cemetery in Cosmopolis. At her request no formal services will be held. Memorials in Margaret’s name may be made to the Cosmopolis Fire Department, 19 F Street, Cosmopolis, WA 98537 or your local V.F.W. post.
There will be an informal celebration of life at the Aberdeen VFW on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. We are inviting all who knew Margaret to bring a dish and help celebrate and remember a wonderful woman.
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Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen is honored to assist the family.