Betty Idell Murray
Murray, Betty Idell ALBANY Betty Idell Murray was born on January 16, 1941, in Greeleyville, S.C. to the late Ivory Gist and Leo Houston. She departed this life on November 23, 2020, at the Albany Medical Center in Albany. Betty worked for the New York State Office Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. She retired after 30 years of service. Betty had a lifelong passion for learning and education. In 1990, she graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an Associate of Science degree and in 1994 received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Sage Colleges. Betty was a faithful and active member of Bethel Baptist Church and over time held the positions of church clerk, church historian, Sunday School teacher and church secretary. Betty leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted husband of 63 years, James E. Murray; her son James "Bobby" (Dorinda) Murray of Clifton Park; her daughter Terri (Thurman) Holmes of Clifton Park; daughters, Geraldine Cromartie and Mary (Memphis) King of Fayetville, N.C.; grandchildren, Tyesha, Tanya (Marquis), Lakia, Bobbie (Michael), Alec, Christopher, Elijahjuan, James Scott, D'Aundra, and James Bobby Murray Jr. Betty was predeceased by her mother Ivory Gist; her father Leo Houston; her sons, Charles and Jimmy Lee Murray; and her great-granddaughter Medina Knowles. Calling hours on Saturday, November 28, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. in the Bethel Baptist Church 2165 5th Ave., Troy. Masks required, COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly adhered to. Private family services to follow. Benjamin M. Sturges III Cremation Service

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Published by Albany Times Union on Nov. 27, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Nov
28
Calling hours
8:30a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Bethel Baptist Church
2165 5th Avenue, Troy, New York
Funeral services provided by:
Sturges Funeral & Cremation Service
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I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Betty personally, but i did have the pleasure of knowing and fishing with Mr. Pip and bowling with Murph. Mr. Pip treated my brother Will as one of his own and i greatly appreciate that. My condolences goes out to the entire Murray family.

Andre' Lawson & Lawson Family
November 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Naomi Benson
Family
November 28, 2020
Our hearts are sad, sad, sad. But we thank God for the pleasure of Sister Betty's presence over the years.

Condolences to the family. You're in our prayers.
Harvey family.
November 28, 2020
Gwen Gamble
November 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jannice Gamble
Family
November 27, 2020
Juanita CribbWade
November 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Amy John
Friend
November 27, 2020
Rest in peace, We love you so much!
Eugene and Punch Jones
Friend
November 27, 2020
To the Murray family-
GOD gifted Ms. Betty with a lovely spirit and kind heart. She was always the same no matter the circumstances. A beautiful person inside and out. I am so heartbroken over her loss of human life, but I know her spirit lives on. I know Heaven is rejoicing at her homecoming. Even though we don't always understand GOD'S way we have to trust HIM through our pain of lost loved ones. I will continue to pray for GOD to comfort, care for and hold you in HIS loving arms.
GOD bless, love peace and grace.
Dorraine Riggins
Family
November 27, 2020
Mrs. Betty Murray,

As simply as I can say, simply "The Best". A beautiful woman inside and out.

Much Love,
Anne Cannon & Family
Anne Cannon
Friend
November 27, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. I will always cherish our chat time.
George Murray
Family
November 26, 2020
George Murray
November 26, 2020
Terri
My heart is sad for you and your family.
Your mother warmed my heart when she remembered my brother and provided pictures of him for me.
I will always treasure this.

Praying always and forever
Grace Smythe-young
November 26, 2020
Condolences to the family. Mrs. Murray will always be remembered as the mother's of Bethel. She was also a family friend. Truly she will be missed.
MARVIN GARDNER
November 26, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. We will miss the love she shared and her beautiful smile. We will fondly remember her warm welcome annually during Christmas
Bob & Wanda Hord
Friend
November 26, 2020