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Murray, Shirley A. (Mente)

Shirley A Murray (Mente), 71, passed away with her family by her side in Liverpool, NY on October 10, 2014. Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Herson Wagner Funeral Home in Ithaca, NY and followed by a burial at Frear Memorial Park. A memorial funeral will be held at the Adams Baptist Church in Adams, NY on October 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. She was born October 1, 1943 in Ithaca, NY to Raymond and Dorothy Mente. She grew up with her brothers; Bob, Raymond, and Steven in Ithaca. Shirley graduated from Ithaca High School and worked at Newberry's Department store. She attended college at Ithaca College and Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY. After graduation she joined the Watertown School District for over 25+ years; Ohio School and Wiley school as a librarian assistant. She enjoyed life to the fullest even after being diagnosed with ALS. She spent her time giving to others by being active and volunteering at several churches, volunteering at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, volunteering at the ALS CNY chapter, knitting hats, gloves. Shirley's interests included family, community activities with volunteering, baking, gardening, sewing and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members over the last few years, including her mother until she passed away. She is survived by her brother, Bob Mente and his wife Eileen, her son William Murray and daughter Michelle Murray, her grandson DJ Murray and granddaughter Liliana Sisera-Murray, her nephews and niece, Tim, Bob Jr, Mike, Kenny and Kathy. Donations received by the family will be distributed to the organizations she was actively involved, in her remembrance. The donations will be used for a memorial at the Zoo in her remembrance, Adams Volunteer Fire Department, ALS CNY Non-Profit Association, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Published in Ithaca Journal on Oct. 14, 2014
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