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Patricia NEY Obituary
Patricia Murray Wood Ney died Tuesday morning April 17 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. She was 98. Patricia was born March 11, 1920, the daughter of Jeanne Lourdes Durand and John Francis Murray, a former commissioner of the Port of New York Authority. Her paternal grandfather Thomas Murray was an inventor and electrical engineer who worked with Thomas Edison. Murray, together with Thomas Edison helped to found what is today Con Edison. The Murray family also helped to establish Southampton as a popular summer resort. She and her six siblings grew up riding horses and spending summers on their two hundred and fifty acre family oceanfront compound, known as the Murray McDonnell compound. The large family was featured in two books about Irish Catholic clans: Real Lace by Stephen Birmingham and Golden Clan by John Corry. Patricia was a fixture in Southampton social life and wrote the Beachcomber column from 1972 to 2000 for the Southampton Press. In it, she chronicled the social lives and activities of Southampton's summer community. Patricia's first marriage to author James Jeffrey Roche ended in divorce. She is pre-deceased by her husband Sidney Burr Wood former 1931 Wimbledon Champion and her third husband Edward Ney former Ambassador to Canada, as well as her daughter Deirdre Murray Roche. Pat is survived by her daughters Robin Pickett and Hilary Geary Ross, her sons-in-law John O. Pickett and Wilbur L. Ross, her four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The memorial service will take place in Southampton this summer. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to The Southampton Hospital.
Published in The Palm Beach Daily News on Apr. 19, 2018
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