Elizabeth Anne (Dougloski) Murray Obituary
It is with great sadness, the family announces the passing of Betty Murray on August 6, 2022 at the age of 84.
Predeceased by her husband, Gerald (Gerry) in 2014, her parents; Walter & Anne Dougloski; her in-laws, James & Evelyn Murray and her brother in law, Larry Murray. Lovingly remembered by her four children: Sean (Michelle), Rob (Laura), Marina (Ray Plouffe) and Erin (Brian Weiser); 14 grandchildren: Jason (Mandy), Ryan (Kara), Jordan (Sara), Michaela, Mark, Mercedes, Amanda & Brendan Murray; Kaleb & Kristjan Murray; Melissa (Kyle) Meilleur, Kara Idzik (Matthew); Sophia & Everhett Weiser; 17 great grandchildren: Lily, Lucy, Nick & Ben Murray; Jack, Isabella (Bella), Carson, Scarlett, Dane, Natalya & Scottlyn Murray; Gabriel, Daniella (Ella) & Matteo Murray; Gracie Murray; Vera & Liv Meilleur.
Betty was born in the North End of Winnipeg at St. Joseph's Hospital on Salter Street in 1938. She lived in Kawene, ON; Gimli, Roblin & Winnipeg, MB and Fort William, ON during her childhood years. In Winnipeg, Betty attended Machray School, Norquay School, Holy Ghost School, Miles Macdonell Collegiate & St. Mary's Academy. Betty worked at D'Allaird's & the Winnipeg Public Library in her younger years.
Betty met Gerry Murray when they were both 16 in 1954. Betty & Gerry married on June 20, 1959. They first lived together in Winnipeg, their firstborn, Sean was born in 1961. Gerry's work transferred them to Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) in 1967. In Port Arthur, their second son, Rob was born in 1967; first daughter, Marina in 1968 & youngest child, Erin in 1969. They next were transferred to Edmonton in 1974; to North Bay in 1979; Oshawa in 1980 and back to Winnipeg in 1981. Betty & Gerry were very happy to return to their hometown, Winnipeg where they remained the rest of their lives.
Betty returned to the work force in 1986 after being a stay at home mom. She served on committees & completed cake orders on the side. Betty started back at Eaton's on Portage Avenue on the third floor, Fine Foods then Candies till the store & company closed in 1999. Then she worked at Fenton's Cheese Shop at the Forks until she retired in 2011.
Betty volunteered extensively throughout her life helping her communities especially her church & her children's schools. She believed in social justice & helped with a program, Project 3 Acres for people with challenges in the late 1980s. Betty & Gerry helped babysit their grandchildren whenever opportunity presented.
Betty loved movies, books, newspapers & fireworks. She loved cooking especially special traditional meals for St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Christmas & birthdays. She proudly could prepare a meal in 30 minutes. Betty loved God, Queen, Canada, Winnipeg, family, friends & of course her dear Gerry. Betty is remembered for her laughter, she found life amusing & she viewed the world as a wonderful place.
Betty & Gerry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family in 2009. They were married for 55 years & together for over 60 years.
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." - Rossiter W. Raymond
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Boniface Hospital's ICU & Palliative Care Unit for their compassionate care after Betty's sudden health crisis on July 28, 2022.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Betty, may be made to Development & Peace (1-888-231-8583) or charity of your choice.
Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 13 at St. Bernadette Parish, 820 Cottonwood Road with Rev Father Daley presiding with eulogies starting at 11:30 AM. Interment to follow reception at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue.
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Thanks for the outpouring of love & prayers for Betty.