Gerry Murray

Sep 30, 1920 – Aug 9, 2019 (Age 98)


Gerry Murray

Des Moines - Gerry Murray, the legendary star of Roller Derby, died August 9, 2019. She was born in Des Moines September 30, 1920 to Leila Zika Murray and Raymond Murray. She lived with her grandmother Grace Jones. Gerry graduated from North High School where she ran track and played volleyball and basketball.

Gerry played softball as a very young child. While visiting family in Omaha she was noticed by a recruiter and asked to play on the Russell Sporting Goods team. They were state champions and went to the national tournament. After the tournament ended, she was again noticed while roller skating in a rink in Omaha and invited to skate in the Roller Derby. She began her career as a star in 1938. Gerry, her husband Gene Gammon and son Michael Gammon were all members of the Roller Derby and all in the Roller Derby Hall of Fame.

Gerry Murry was nicknamed "Murph", was the original Diva and the glamour girl of Roller Derby and will always be one of the greatest names in its history. She was women's captain of the World Champion New York Chiefs for many years, sporting jersey #22 until 1962. She continued skating with different teams until 1978. Gerry was considered to be the most natural skater in the history of the game and probably the all-time scoring champion among women. She was beloved by legions of fans.

In later years, she returned to Des Moines. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Gerry is survived by her son Michael Gammon, a granddaughter Sharilee Gammon Cantal, great grandson Darne' Cantal, great granddaughter Chyanne Cantal Felber, great great granddaughter Jocelyn Felber and great great grandson Austin Felber . She was preceded in death by husband Gene, parents and a brother who was killed during WWII at Guadalcanal.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 10:00 am at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Gerry was a lover of animals, in lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal shelter.

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I was blessed to have known Gerry.She was RollerDerby.I attended all the games @the 14th st Armory.I wrote to Gerry every month until the last year.I still have several of her scarfs.Mike sorry for your loss.

To the family and friends of Mrs. Murray I would like to extend my condolences. Mrs. Murray lead such a interesting and fascinating life. As ps 90:10 brings out if you are 70 or 80 you are especially strong.

Such a great loss for the community and close relatives. My prayers are with all of us who suffered a terrible loss. May God help to cope with our loss

Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the family. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all during this most difficult time.

I am truly sorry about the passing of your loved one. May God strengthen your family during this time of loss. Deepest sympathies.

so sorry to hear about Gerry. my uncle mike miller sold pictures at the games of course i worked for him. we remember Gerry what a nice person. I think my sister baby sat for child when they played in n.j. they were the good old days Tuffy and ken and all other players what a sport

accept my prayers

ron w

June 1938 North High Graduation

The halls of North High are diminished with Gerry's passing. Prayers and thoughts to her family and friends. Gerry's 1938 North High class page:

Claradell Gergely Shedd
Class of June, 1953

As a kid in New York City I always rooted against Gerry I was from Brooklyn and loved Toughie
However over the years I got to be good friends with Gerry
I will miss her a lot she was a great lady
My deepest condolences to the family