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Myrlyn Audrey Brown ("Brownie") Murray

1925 - 2015 BENNINGTON Myrlyn Audrey Brown ("Brownie") Murray, wife of Colonel Raymond C. Murray, USAF, Ret. passed away peacefully on January 30, in Austin, Texas. Myrlyn was born in Bennington, Vt. on Dec. 12, 1925. She attended all local schools through Bennington High School, graduating in 1943. After high school, Myrlyn attended nursing school in Amsterdam, N.Y., receiving her white cap. She was forced to leave nursing to support her family in Bennington and was unable to ever fulfill her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). During this time, she was employed by the former Paradise Restaurant on Main Street. There, she met Ray, her soon-to-be "life-long husband," who had just returned from World War II as an European Theater Air Force pilot. Upon their marriage, they were fortunate enough to honeymoon at his first post-World War II assignment at Kinley Field, Bermuda for one and a half years. In the early 1950s, she accompanied Ray on his reassignment to McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kan. where their son, Randy, and daughter, Barbara, were born. During Ray's unaccompanied tour to Japan (1957/8), Myrlyn returned to Bennington with their son and daughter residing next to the First Congregational Church in Old Bennington. Upon Ray's return from Japan, Myrlyn and their family were reassigned to Otis AFB in Chicopee, Mass. where their son, Scott, was born in Walden, Mass. During the early 1960's, the family moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla. where Myrlyn actively supported the Hurlburt Field base Catholic Chapel program with Ray, receiving special recognition from the USAF Chief of Staff for their efforts. The family resided in Florida until Ray retired from the USAF in 1964. Following Ray's retirement, the family briefly returned to Falmouth, Mass. while Ray taught Business Administration at St. Joseph's College and constructed their home in Everett's orchard on Mt. Anthony. The family returned to Bennington in 1966, where Myrlyn was employed by the Paradise Motor Inn in its currently location. She also later employed at the Camelot Gift Gallery also during this time. In 1979, Ray and Myrlyn moved to Austin, Texas to be near their children. Myrlyn continued her working career in retail sales through her mid-70s enjoying employment at Beale's department store, a major Texas clothing retailer, for over 16 years. She is remembered by all as a wonderful, loving wife of 67 years, who was a supportive, caring, and devoted mother to her children. Myrlyn had a keen sense of humor and refreshingly warm smile. She was a loyal member of the Roman Catholic Church (a convert in 1948) for her entire life and passed away peacefully with all the Last Sacraments of her Faith. She loved her faith and attended all services! In addition to her husband Ray, 95; Myrlyn is survived by three children and their spouses, Barbara Murray and Myles Tannenbaum of Ringgold, Ga.; Randy and Charlotte Murray of San Antonio, Texas; and Scott and Rebecca Murray of Conyers, Ga.; four grandchildren, Kevin, Christopher, Erin, and Brian; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Ben and Laurie Patton and family of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. and other relations whose locations are not known. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR SON FUNERAL HOME on Friday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 10:00 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered. Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Should friends desire memorial contributions in Myrlyn Murray's memory may be made to HIS Pantry at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 16, 2015
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