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Sherry Lagergren Murray Obituary
MURRAY Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Sherry Lagergren Murray, of Mandarin, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 11, 2014, after a battle with cancer. She was 71 years old. Sherry was born in Pensacola, FL, on December 23, 1942, to loving parents Axel (Buster) and Dorothy Lagergren. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1963. In 1964 she met Richard Murray, who was training for Naval Aviation in Pensacola; they were wed on December 26 and were married for 42 years. Sherry was preceded in death by Rick in 2007, for whom she was the primary caregiver during his 9-year struggle with ALS. Their first tour brought them to Jacksonville, where Sherry taught English at Cedar Hills, JEB Stuart, and Forrest. A lifelong learner and gifted instructor, her infectious love of books, art, and the English language rubbed off on anyone who knew her, most especially her children and grandchildren. Trips to museums and musicals, chats about paintings and poetry, and making the most of each and every teachable moment formed the fabric of daily life in her home. After serving 25 years as a Navy wife in such locales as Virginia, Hawaii, and her beloved Annapolis, MD, she returned to Jacksonville in 1995. Following her husband's passing, Sherry became increasingly involved in community service; her tireless dedication and generous spirit were an inspiration to many. She served on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the boards of Leadership Jacksonville, Mal Washington Youth Foundation, and Senior Life Foundation. She was also a member of ALS Regional Council, Women's Giving Alliance, Friends for PACE, and DAR. She particularly loved mentoring high school students through Take Stock in Children and relished her role in Picture People, an art appreciation program for elementary school students. Sherry is survived by her brother, James Lagergren; her daughter Allison and her children Katelyn, Ryan, and Aaron; her son Scott and his children Logan and Liana; and her son Mark and his son Abraham. She was fond of saying that her finest accomplishments were her 3 children and 6 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 2 P.M. at New Grace Church in Fleming Island. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to either of Sherry's favorite causes would be greatly appreciated. Please write Sherry Murray Memorial Fund in the memo line. Mal Washington Youth Foundation 1096 W. 6th Street Jacksonville, FL 32209 ALS Association Florida Chapter 3242 Parkside Center Circle Tampa, FL 33619
Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 16, 2014
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