Mary Ann Davies Murray, beloved wife of the late Richard Blair Murray, passed away in Magrath on Friday, May 5th, 2023, at the age of 96 years.
She is the loving mother of 6 children: David (Glenys) Murray of Barnwell, Alberta; Lyn/Lynda (Rudy) Montes of Garden Grove, California; Noel (Chris) Hillmer of Lethbridge, Alberta; Harold (Lori) Murray of Magrath, Alberta; Larry (Becky) Murray of Magrath, Alberta; and Scott (Shu Chih) Murray of Irvine, California. Her posterity has grown to more than 60 grandchildren and great grandchildren
On Friday, May 19, 2023, family and friends are invited to meet Ann’s family at the Garden Place Chapel in Magrath from 1-1:50pm, with the funeral service following at 2:00pm. Interment will follow in the Magrath Cemetery.
Ann is survived by her siblings - Brothers: Tom (Rae), Frank & Lloyd Davies, Sisters: Sally/Sarah Anderson, Ellen (Veryl) Leavitt and sister-in-law: Barbara Davies.
Ann was predeceased by her parents: Lorenzo & Phyllis Davies, brothers: Lore & Dan and in-laws: Fay & Jane Davies, Alma Davies, Ted Anderson and granddaughters: Dorothy Ann & Kiana Murray and many other loved ones.
Ann was born December 26, 1926 to Lorenzo Snow Davies Sr and Mary Phyllis Fisher at Cardston, Alberta. She attended most of her schooling in Hill Spring, Alberta, and during that time helped her mother care for her 7 younger siblings, whom she loved very much.
After graduating from high school, Ann took one year of university to get a temporary teaching degree and taught for a year in a little one room school house. Deciding she wanted to do something other than teach, she attended a secretarial course at Garbett Business School in Lethbridge.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ann served in the Northern California Mission for 18 months. Upon completing her mission, Ann was called as a stake missionary where she met Blair Murray. On June 15, 1955 they were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple and together, they raised 6 children, to whom she was an amazing mother.
As her children grew up, Ann’s family expanded to son’s and daughter-in-laws and eventually to a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ann loved spending time with all of them, whether is was playing games like Dominos, Chinese Checkers, The Game of Life, Hang-On Harvey, Monopoly and more or just sitting and listening as they rambled on about what was important in their lives.
Ann was also an amazing cook. Many people have been blessed with portions of her bread, turkey stuffing and her cookies. She always had gallon buckets full of cookies, which she stored in the freezer.
Ann was always busy, whether it was helping around the farm with the cows, doing family history, or knitting, crocheting, and tatting.
Ann served in many positions in the church and in her community. While Ann was a quiet person by nature, she was always willing to support people in need, often stepping out of her comfort zone to do things she hadn’t ever done before. Later in life, Ann and her husband, Blair, served a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois. This required her to lead tours and talk with people she didn’t know which was a difficult but important thing for her to do.
Ann’s faith was a strength to those around her. She loved God and her fellow beings and did all she could to help them feel loved.
Ann was finally allowed to cross through the veil and was reunited with Blair, her parents, brothers and loved ones May 5, 2023. She will be missed but lovingly remembered.
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