Carole Jean Murray

Murray Carole Jean Murray, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her home at the age of eighty-one. During the last weeks of her life, Carole was surrounded by family, close friends and clergy. A twelve-year resident of Dublin, Ohio, Carole succumbed to Lymphoma on September 21, 2013. Born November 30, 1931 in Hammond, Indiana, Carole Jean Boardway was the first child and only daughter of Harold and Alice Boardway. Carole's early years were influenced not only by her parents, but also by her maternal grandmother, Jessica Fyfe Berry who shared their home in Calumet City, Illinois. When Carole was ten years old, her brother, Raymond, was born. During these childhood years, she enjoyed the company of a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Upon high school graduation, Carole left home for DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where she met the love of her life, James H. Murray, on a blind date. Jim, a student at nearby Wabash College, always claimed that he made a bold move to "choose" Carole rather than the date with whom he had been set up. Jim's graduation in1952 did not end their romance, which continued beyond Carole's college graduation in 1953, with a degree in Elementary Education. They were married the following year on July 29, 1954 in Calumet City. From spring 1955 through spring 1956, Carole and Jim enjoyed being stationed in Heidelberg, Germany while Jim was in the U.S. Army. Perhaps this was where they gained their love of travel. World travelers both, Jim and Carole explored regions together throughout North America and beyond to more exotic destinations like China, Panama, New Zealand, and Scandinavia. In addition to travel, they also experienced much of the United States, residing in Chicago, Omaha, Plainfield (NJ), St. Louis, San Diego and, of course, Columbus. Carole was a devoted mother to her two children, Kathleen and Thomas. The loving home she fashioned gave them the support to freely develop their individuality. Beyond her home and family, Carole's philanthropic spirit led her to lend her hand to helping others through her church affiliations, at local hospitals and, most notably, as the President of the Junior Women's Club of Plainfield during the early 1960's. More recently, Carole has been an active member of the 55 Plus Club at St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin. Having learned to play bridge in college, Carole was an avid player up until the last weeks of her life. For many years, she also enjoyed playing tennis and, until the end, was a devoted fan, watching the 2013 US Open. Carole is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Hickey (husband, Dennis); son, Thomas Murray (wife, Melanie); and grandchildren, Sarah Fast (husband, Andrew), Caitlin Hickey, Caleb Murray, Connor Hickey, Jacob Murray and Daniel Murray. Carole's husband, Jim, predeceased her 15 years ago in October, 1998 while residing in San Diego. All services will be held at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church, 7179 Avery Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, November 15, between 6-8 p.m. A Mass celebrating Carole's life will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 10 a.m. Carole will be interred alongside her husband in his family's plot at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to: Father Joe's Villages, 3350 E Street, San Diego, CA 92102-3332 or OhioHealth Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214. Arrangements completed by WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME. Please visit to sign the official online condolence book. A quote that would resonate with Carole, the bridge aficionado, sums up her well-lived life. "Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well." --Josh Billings, 19th century American Comedian.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Sept. 26 to Sept. 29, 2013