{ "" }
Share ALMA's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
McMURRAY, ALMA FERN (WAITS) Alma Fern (Waits) McMurray born on November 22, 1921, died peacefully on January 28, 2010, after a short illness at Fredericka Manor in Chula Vista. A longtime resident of Chula Vista, she lived on Hilltop Drive for 35 years with her beloved husband James J. McMurray who preceded her in death in 2006. She was a much loved teacher at Bayside Elementary in Imperial Beach for 20+ years and retired early so that she and Jim could travel. After retirement, she continued to remain active in the Retired Teachers' Association. The daughter of Olga and Howard Johnson of Grants Pass, Oregon and then Gridley, California she graduated from La Verne College and married J. Frank Waits in 1946. They had three children, Terri, Tom and Cinthia, who were all at her bedside during the last week of her life. She was much loved by all who knew her, from the teaching staff at Bayside to members of the Chula Vista Community Church where she was a member for many years to her new friends at Fredericka Manor where she and husband James "Jim" McMurray moved in 2002. She was known at Fredericka for being kind and welcoming to all she met. Her large extended family will remember her for her sunny and grateful disposition, her love of music and her strong faith. She is survived by her sisters Marie Capen, Wanda Miller and Arlene Harms; children Terri Waits-Smith, Tom Waits, Cinthia Allen, and Lisa Danner; grandchildren Loreal and Kalia Waits-Smith, Kellesimone, Casey and Sullivan Waits, Garrett and Jake Allen, Jennifer LeDuc, and Brian Purdy and numerous nieces and nephews. A private memorial service is pending at Glen Abbey, Bonita.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Feb. 28, 2010.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
9 entries
March 6, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 3, 2010
Alma was the definition of a gentle soul. Her faith was strong, potent and unending. It influenced her daily life beautifully. I knew her in only the last few years and such a pleasure to spend good times together discussing music and the Lord. She loved her family so completely it was at the core of her very being. I'll never forget we sung a hymn together and it was pure joy. We read the bible aloud together a few times and you could see that her full committment was to the Lord. God bless you Alma. May your family and friends find peace knowing that you are singing joyfully in the presence of the Almighty, forever.
Chris Chacon
March 3, 2010
My deepest condolances, my feeling also go out to the entire family.
March 1, 2010
It was an honor to have known Alma - such a beautiful spirit. She touched my life and I know so many others. My deepest condolences to her family (whom she never ceased to talk about with great love).
Davelle Chacon
March 1, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
March 1, 2010
Dear Mrs Waits McMurray, you raised a son who touched my heart and soul ... bless you and may you rest in peace

March 1, 2010
Farewell Alma! You were a kind and beautiful woman. Rest in Peace.
Rob Barry
March 1, 2010
My deepest condolences. May you find some comfort in heaven. L Miller Greenfield, IN
February 28, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
lucy shipley
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences