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Beatrice Murray passed away on Friday, May 30th surrounded by family. Her loving children, Kevin Murray, with his wife Susan, and Maureen Fino, with her husband Tony, were by her side along with grandsons Eric and Michael Murray. A loving grandmother, she will be missed by grandson Anthony Fino and his wife Michele, along with their children, Gabrielle, Anthony and Alexandra; as well as many nephews and nieces including her deceased brother Gil's children: Gil Carlson, Kris Cook, and Karen Hammer.
Bea was born in 1929 to Arthur and Mary Carlson in Staten Island, NY. A gifted student, she graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1944 as valedictorian. She attended Cornell University on academic scholarships, majoring in Food and Nutrition. Upon matriculating, she taught nurses in training at Bridgeport Hospital. In 1951 she married Thomas Murray. They had a complete partnership built over 54 years together and rewarded them with a house in Trumbull, CT, two children and lives spent with lots of laughter and exploring the richness of life. Family was central to her life, and one of the ways she expressed it was through sharing her love of travel and the natural world by planning (along with Tom) trips for the entire family. An active family life included years of boating and camping throughout New England--highlighted by a boat trip to the 1964 World Fair in NYC, a vacation to Europe, and camping in Lake George and Northern Maine. As the children got older, She and Tom purchased a house in Narragansett, RI and spent twenty-five summers sharing (with their growing family) the fun of lobster boils, the ocean waves, seaside walks, and sunsets on the beach. A woman of many intellectual passions and personal pursuits, she read as widely as she traveled, and in later years she began painting, eventually displaying several works in local businesses near their last home in Heritage Village, Southbury, CT. The subjects of her paintings reflected the parts of life she loved most: her family, nature, and the beach. The pictures she used as inspiration were taken by her husband, Tom. Her sharp wit and dry humor made time spent together meaningful and joyous. Her memory will be preserved in the smiles and laughter shared by her children and grandchildren.
A Celebration Of Life will be held Thursday, June 5th at the Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford, CT. Friends and Family may call from 10AM - 12PM, followed by an informal service when the family would like to share their memories. In lieu of flowers, she would want memorial contributions made to the
in memory of Tom,
CT Chapter 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave online condolences please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com
Cody-White Funeral Home
107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460
Published in Connecticut Post on June 2, 2014