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Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Murray, Elizabeth




Elizabeth Graydon Murray Cheerful and loving Beth Murray passed away November 6 at Longwood in Oakmont, PA. Family and friends think of her genial, joyful and caring nature and the happy atmosphere that surrounded her. Her easy laugh and sense of humor made conversations fun. She radiated an inner peace that nothing seemed to ruffle. Beth was born in August 1933 in NYC, an only child to Charles and Ruth Graydon. Charles was in the Army Air Force and the family lived in NYC, MA and Chicago before settling in Katonah, NY in 1946. Among her first service jobs was nanny to families vacationing at the shore. As a teen she was involved with helping the Hiroshima Maidens who came to the US for treatment. In college she was a volunteer in Germany helping war victims rebuild their lives. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan, where she and her best friend/roommate Pat were in the Tri-Delta sorority, and among their many hijinks, they joked that they should marry brothers….and so they later did, Bud and Ralph Murray! She came to Pittsburgh PA to work as a program director at the YWCA. In 1957, she met and married Hugh (Bud) Murray, shortly after he got out of the Army. They eventually settled in Murrysville in 1964 to raise their children. Beth held down the home front while Bud and Ralph shepherded I.D.L, a busy printing company. Over the years, Beth helped found the Murrysville Musketeers fencing club, volunteered at the school and library, tutored young children, worked in an art gallery, knit sweaters and blankets for loved ones and charity, and was famous for hosting gatherings with her signature home-made pies and bread. Above all, she was dedicated to her Christian faith, holding nearly every position in her church throughout the years and bringing those positive values to every aspect of life. The Murrays moved to Longwood at Oakmont a few years ago. They have 3 children, Jeff (Sally) Murray, Doug (Leni) Murray, and Kristy Holch, and grandchildren Paul (Despina) Murray and Jake Murray. Beloved family also includes niece Cary (Ken) Bohl, nephew Dave (Marthe) Murray, exchange-student Maria (Joao) Marcha and their son Samuel, and much more cherished extended family. It is often said that a person lives on in the memories of those left behind, but we prefer to think of Beth living on in the many lives she touched and how she made this world a better place for all of us. A visitation with the family will be held this Thursday, November 11, from 1 to 3 pm at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. at 421 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont, PA. A celebration of life may be held at a future time. In lieu of flowers, friends can share their good stories of Beth, or contribute to Longwood or their own favorite charity.