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Bridget "Betty" Murray, nee Finnerty, loving wife of the late Martin T.; beloved mother of Shelia (T.J.) Fitzgerald, Kathleen (Peter) McMahon, Martin Jr. (Kathleen) and John (Ann) and the late Mary Margaret Murray-Hansen (the late Jack); grandmother of Bridget (Mike) Subak, Kathleen (Scott) Smalley, Tom (Kristin) Fitzgerald, Erin, Caeli and Kevin McMahon, Martin III (fiance, Renee), Marikate Murray, John Jr. (Maggie) and Brian Murray; great-grandmother of Robert, Thomas and Meghan Subak; dear sister-in-law of Edna Murray. Bridget Finnerty was born in Carroroe, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. At the age of 16, in 1928, she left Ireland for the USA little did she know what would lay ahead in a life that would span 11 decades. Bridget's journey would see her leave behind not only her mother and father but a family that would grow to 13 brothers and sisters. Bridget arrived in Pittsburgh, PA and stayed for a short time with relatives. . She met Martin Murray at an Irish Dance in Chicago which would lead to their marriage on July 2, 1938. They raised five children in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, and moved to the Edgebrook area in 1975. Mr. Murray owned and operated Murray's Mont Clark Tap for over 35 years. Bridget spoke often of the mounds of corned beef she cooked over the years for St. Patrick's Day and New Years Eve celebrations for the local patrons. Proudly independent until the very end she would gladly prepare a homemade meal, Irish Soda bread, or a birthday cake for any visitors. She still spoke in her native Gaelic with her five remaining brothers, Joe, Thomas, William, Padraig and Michel. Always stylish in her trademark hats, Mrs. Murray lived her life for family, friends, and faith. Any friend of her children was a friend of hers. Her warmth and wisdom will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Her love and guidance will forever stay with her family. Her journey ended on March 29, 2010 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Prayers Tuesday, April 6 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago to Queen of All Saints Basilica for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Monday 3 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago 60660. Info., 773-736-3833 or visit Bridget's Memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com.

Published in Chicago Tribune from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2010
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