Grace (Mader) Murray Clemson, 91, of Manchester, beloved wife of the late Carl E. Clemson and the late William Murray Sr., died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at her home with her family at her side.
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Grace was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Camden, N.J., beloved daughter of the late Martin and Theresa (Wodal) Mader, and moved to Manchester in 1925. She was a 1941 graduate of Manchester High School. She was a communicant of St. James Church and member of the Ladies of St. James. She was an avid piano player, painter, loved to read, and enjoyed duck pin bowling. She was the owner/operator of Grandmother's House Day Care. She was proud of the administrative work she did at MCC and enjoyed her extensive coursework there.
Grace was the loving mother of five surviving children, Joyce Nielsen, and her husband, Don, of Bolton, Ellen Moriarty, and her husband, Maurice, of Mansfield, JoAnne Zerio, and her husband, Tom, of Manchester, Timothy Murray, and his wife, Kristine, of Mystic, and Phillip Murray, and his wife, Lori, of North Carolina. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren and their families, David and Stephanie Nielsen, and great-grandchildren, Drew, Jonah, and Katie, Chris and Scott Watrous, and great-grandchildren, Jake and Luke, Erik and Latisha Nielsen, and great-grandchildren, Kobe, Karma, Quincy Grace, and Jayma, Adam Nielsen and Hendriana, and great-granddaughter, Makeyla, Mo and Christine Moriarty, Ellie Moriarty, Mary and Mike Larini, Catherine Grace Moriarty and Brent Blazej, and great-grandson, Riley, Michael Moriarty, Meghan Poharski, and Grace's beloved Biz Murray and husband, Carlos Lopes; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many close friends. She was predeceased by her son, Bill, and a special nephew, Peter Adams, and seven brothers and sisters. Grace was filled with an enthusiastic spirit for living. She felt blessed and grateful for having had an exceptionally rewarding life.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 9:15 a.m. at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 896 Main St., Manchester. Burial will be in the East Cemetery in Manchester. Calling hours will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. James School Foundation, P.O. Box 254, Manchester, CT 06040.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19, 2013