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MURRAY, Mary Alice Mary Alice Collins Murray May 1, 1929 ~ Nov. 26, 2017 Mary Murray passed away at her Atlanta home Sunday, November 26th at the age of 88. She was born and grew up in Scranton, PA, the first child of Cecilia Dixon Collins and Alban J. Collins. In May 1951, Mary graduated from Marywood University in Scranton with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. After graduation, Mary went to work as a medical technologist at the Robert Packer Hospital (today's Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital) located in Sayre, PA. While there, she met Michael J. Murray (Mike), whom she married on June 20, 1953 at the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre. Mike, who graduated from Lehigh University in 1950, was working for General Electric in Johnson City, NY. Their first date was an Elmira Pioneers baseball game, which they stretched into a late-night meal at a local diner. They were married 64 years this past June. In the course of Mike's career with GE, the young family moved to Atlanta in 1960 with their sons Michael Jr., Dan and John. It was here where Mary began the next stage of her career at DeKalb General Hospital (today's DeKalb Medical) after John started school. She retired 30 years later as Blood Bank Supervisor and Chief Technologist, where she was well-respected by colleagues and employees alike. She won the "Dwight J. Ham Founders Award" from the Southeastern Area Blood Bankers (SEABB), among other awards and accolades over the course of her career. In addition to her busy careers in motherhood and medical technology, Mary and her husband Mike supported many Catholic and other charities, chief among which was her alma mater, Marywood. Mary was a trustee on the Board of Trustees at Marywood and in 2004, she was awarded the Marywood Presidential Medal for her service. As one of her first gifts, she and Mike endowed the "Mary Alice Collins Murray '51 Scholarship" for students pursuing science and music-related degrees. Mary described the gift this way: "Scholarship assistance allowed me to attend Marywood. I feel strongly that I should leave a legacy that would permit other students to have the same advantage." Mary and Mike went on to endow the "Murray Award for Research and Development," the Marywood "Pacer Fund," the "Murray Concourse at the Mellow Center for Athletics and Wellness," and stained glass windows for the newly renovated Marian Chapel on campus. They also were major contributors to building their new parish church, Our Lady of the Assumption in Atlanta, along with other major gifts and donations over more than 57 years. Mary is survived by her husband, Michael J. Murray, and sons and daughters-in-law Michael J. Murray, Jr. (Karen), Daniel F. Murray (Robin), and John J. Murray (Regiena). Surviving grandchildren are Nicholas M. Murray (Beth), Elizabeth A. Angell (Johnathan), Robert A. (Alex) Murray, Emily W. Murray, and Ellen B. Murray. Also surviving are Mary's sister, Anne Kotheimer and husband Bill, her brother Francis (Frank) Collins and wife Shirley, and a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Mary's parents and her step-granddaughters Stephanie Bergmann and Tara Bergmann Simon preceded her in death. A visitation will take place at H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, 4550 Peachtree Rd. NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319, Thursday, November 30th from 7:00 8:00 p.m. Beginning at 8:00 p.m. there will be a Vigil, followed by a Rosary from 8:30 9:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be Friday, December 1st at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1350 Hearst Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Reverend Jim Duffy, S.M. is the celebrant. Immediately preceding Mass, there will be a second visitation in the Narthex of the church (from 9:30 10:30 a.m.). A brief gravesite service will follow at Arlington Memorial Park, the address of which is 201 Mount Vernon Hwy NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 29, 2017
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