Lucille P. Murray


Lucille P. (Ott) Murray died August 1, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She was born on March 16, 1929, in Flatbush, Brooklyn New York. As a youngster she was full of energy and loved to dance. She would babysit for her nephews who called her “Aunt TNT”. Unusual for women at the time, she graduated from a NYC PH High School in 1947.

She was a life long avid reader of books including adventure stories and she wanted to travel the world. She was a proud veteran, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1951 as a WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She worked in communications as a Teleman. Her first duty station was in Charleston, S.C. at a major message center, operating various teletypes, radios, and other communication machines (when 8-bells rang you knew it was an emergency message). One notable event was her participation in a medical emergency radioing shore doctor’s instructions to a ship at sea. She scored high and was one of the first group of women selected for overseas duty. She served in Italy in the NATO message center.

She met Frank (Red) Murray in the Navy and they married in Naples, Italy. She and Red were able to travel all over Europe. In 1954 she left the Navy to raise seven children. While raising her children she worked at the Red Murray Enterprises Insurance agency as a bookkeeper. She had many friends and was an avid golfer for many years. Lucille and Red loved to travel especially to Charleston, S.C.

Lucille was the daughter of the late Marie and George Ott. She was predeceased by her siblings; Madeleine (Joe) Pineau; Muriel (John) Negri; Florence, she preferred to go by Pat, (John) Collins; Joan Castiglioni. Lucille is survived by her brother-in-law Leo Castigloni.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Chief Francis (Red) Murray, USN (Ret). She is survived by her son Kevin (Barbara), daughters Kathleen, Marlene (Joseph), Alison, Susanne (Efrain), Loretta (late Kevin), and her son Stuart (Julie); grandchildren Ryan (Rachael), Kelly (Brian), Phillip (Ashli), Meredith, Emily, Duncan, Nicholas, Vincent and Tessa and her great grandson Joseph. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her family.

Unsung Heroes: The family would like to thank all the caring staff at all of her various medical groups including Dr. Daoui and every single one of the caregivers at The DCI-Rubin Dialysis Center in Saratoga NY. Also, thank you to all the Hospice members who helped us thru these final days. She would not have gotten this far without all of those wonderful, caring people. We wish to offer a very special Thank You to Mom & Dad’s “Press Secretary” Marlene, and Joe, who worked for many years on their behalf.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 5 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa, NY. Funeral will be held Monday, August 6, at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY, where Red and Lucille were communicants. Interment will be held at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Guest Book

Susanne Murray Herrera

I want to say thank you to my Mom for everything she has done for our family! I love your sense of humor and how you shared the laughs with us! You encouraged each one of us to do something adventurous just as you were. Your caring and compassionate nature was evident in her actions. She was a top notch mother. I’m going to miss you emensely!!!! But I will cherish the memories. I know you are happy to be reunited with Dad and those who left before you. ❤️❤️❤️

Gail and Steve Merchant

Stuart, Julie and family...Sorry for your loss. Our thought's and prayers are with you.

Filomena Bassotti

Kevin and Barbara,
So sorry to hear about your mom,
Hugs
Filomena

Marlene

My mom Lucille was an amazing woman! As a household we were always laughing! Lucille gave us so much joy, and she gave us The Gift, as we call it. Mom could never pronounce our names correctly, or she had to go down the list of all the kids names before she got ours. We always laughed and laughed when she tried to pronounce the northern lights or recite to us Santa’s reindeer, that we coined a phrase: The Gift! When we jumble up pronuncing words or names we say we got The Gift from Mom!
But along with the gift she taught us another phrase: True Grit! My mom was the strongest person I know! She always told us to do the right thing and stand tall and stand up for ourselves and to be strong. She called it True Grit. She never lost her true grit even during all her treatments that were sometimes hard for her, and especially at the end. I will cherish all the things Mom taught me forever.