Oakdale-Margaret Ann Edwards Murry, a native of Oakdale, died peacefully in her home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Margaret Ann was born October 31, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana to JB and Jessye Williams Edwards. After graduation from Oakdale High School, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and Sophie Newcomb Women’s College of Tulane. She married her lifelong sweetheart, JS Murry, Jr., in 1950 and they shared four loving children and 49 years of committed faithful marriage. Margaret Ann was an adoring wife and a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, hunting, dancing, and faithfully followed LSU, The Saints, and NASCAR. She was a talented licensed pilot. Mrs. Murry is preceded in death by her husband, JS Murry, Jr., and her infant granddaughter, Jennifer Stapleton.
Caring, intelligent, and humble, Margaret Ann loved Oakdale and Allen Parish and gave her time and talent to many endeavors. She raised all of her children in Oakdale and saw them all graduate from the beloved Oakdale High School that she and her husband graduated from, as well as most of her grandchildren. She was the benefactor of a family scholarship for Oakdale High School for 48 years. Margaret Ann Murry and her husband, JS Murry, Jr., were the recipients of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Civic Service Award. Because Mrs. Murry believed strongly in a two party political system, she was responsible for the creation of the Republican Party of Allen Parish. She volunteered her time as a member of the Oakdale Cemetery Association for many years. Through their love of children, the Murry’s dedicated the property that now houses the Oakdale Dixie Youth Baseball Field. She was a life-long member of the Oakdale Presbyterian Church until its disbandment. She then faithfully attended First Baptist Church of Oakdale.
Mrs. Murry’s greatest pleasure in life was her husband, children and her grandchildren, and she considered them her greatest accomplishment. She often marveled at the fact that she was an only child, but was blessed with such a wonderful and large family. She was known lovingly as “MeeMaw” to not only her grandchildren but to many, many others. She passed on to her children her love of God, her country, and the joys of silent philanthropy. She is survived by her daughters Judge Ann Murry Keller of New Orleans and Kathy Murry Stapleton and her husband, John Stapleton, of Oakdale; her sons, William Edwards Murry, Sr and his wife, Susan Jones Murry, and James Slay Murry and his wife, Tiffany Coleman Murry, both of Oakdale. She was blessed with eleven grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Ann Edwards Murry, 88, will be held at the Chapel of Allen Parish Funeral Home, Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., Oakdale, Louisiana. Entombment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery Mausoleum. The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Allen Parish Funeral Home, Oakdale, Louisiana.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Murry will be her grandsons Jeremy Slay Murry, Williams Edwards Murry, Jr., Charles Everett Murry, Adam Joseph Chamberlain, Kevin Patrick Gordon, Jr., Marwin “Max” Chamberlain, John Daniel Bolmarcich, and Slay Van Coleman.
The family of Margaret Ann Murry would like to extend a special thank you to her loyal and trusted employee, driver, and great friend Ricky Cyiark. Warmest thanks to her caregivers that worked tirelessly together to make the last year of her life full of peace and comfort, Ragen Chamberlain, Beverly Ann George, Patricia Anderson, Michelle Ford, Courtney Thomas, Kathy Melbert, Velma Deloach, and Tiffany Murry.
Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful care and friendship to Dr. Herbert Nesom; and to Dr. Tommy Davis, Jessica Ardoin, Ashley Farris, Shontel Prudhomme, and Myka Potts of St. Joseph Hospice for perfect comfort care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, stjude.org
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