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Marie Francoise Murray

August 7, 1933 September 12, 2020
Marie Francoise Murray
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Obituary for Marie Francoise Murray

Marie Françoise Murray, 87, passed into the Lord’s hands early Saturday morning surrounded by her four children. She was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Françoise was born August 7, 1933 in Angoulême, France. This charming and historic city located on a plateau in southwestern France was nicknamed the “balcony of the southwest.” It was in this beautiful setting that she, the third of six children, was raised, and developed her devotion to the Roman Catholic faith and her life long sensibilities. However, life was not always so easy. Growing up during the Great Depression and living through the occupation of her city during WWII, she learned the importance and necessity of resourcefulness, and commitment to family. As a young adult, Françoise served one summer as an au pair in Bournemouth, England where she honed her skills of English. This led to a 10 year career working as a French civilian in an administrative position for the American stationed Military presence in La Braconne, France.This is where she would meet her future husband, Jackson S. Murray. The two fell in love and on April 27, 1963 were married in a small chapel in the picturesque countryside of La Braconne. The proposal and wedding was a rushed affair, since Jack had only two weeks to report back to Ft. Richie, Maryland where he was stationed and they would begin their life together. As the story has it, he made it back with seconds to spare, and their honeymoon culminated that weekend with Françoise accompanying her husband and a friend on an expedition to hunt pheasants in the farmland. Françoise decided to sit herself under a tree and read a book. The hunting contingent came back surprised and slightly alarmed to find her picking apples on what was private property! Françoise had her first taste of what was to come - it’s believed it was her last hunting experience.

In June 1968, Françoise and her husband Jack, loaded up the Volkswagen bus from Frederick, Maryland with three toddlers and one in tow. They headed North via the Alaskan-Canadian Highway (Alcan) on a two week adventure arriving at Ft. Richardson, Alaska on the Fourth of July. They didn’t know at the time that Alaska would be their forever home. After Jack retired from the military in 1971, they had a house built in nearby Anchorage, Alaska in which they lived until the passing of Jack in 2017. She lived the remainder of her life at her cherished condo at Chester Park. Family and friends played a very important role in her life. Daily dinner at 6 o’clock sharp (turning into Sunday dinner when all the kids moved out on their own), family celebrations, weekly mass, healthy living, bike rides, tennis, croquet, bridge and other card games and long drives. Her favorite spot for picnic gatherings was McHugh Creek. Her travels with Jack took her to many beautiful places including her love of cruising the Caribbean.

Françoise kept her French connection with her monthly women’s French ladies’ group, letters and phone calls to her siblings and frequent trips back home to France, baking traditional French family recipes and her weekly subscription to “Match” magazine. She loved sharing her French culture with her grandchildren, especially passing on her secret family crêpe recipe!

Françoise, was preceded in Death by her husband, Jackson S. Murray, her parents Rémy and Louise Marie de Maillard, and her brother Robert de Maillard. She is survived by her sisters; Aliette du Portal, Odette de Maillard, Monique Desmiers de Chenon and Chantal de Ménonville; son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Donna Murray of Florida and their children Bryn, Jackson and Cathryn; daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Shelby Johansen, and their children Nicholas, Victoria and Savannah; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Cristy Murray and their children Anthony and Marc; son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Karla Murray and their children Amanda, Dawson, Kaitlyn and Kolby; and many other family members and friends.

A visitation will be 8:00 A.M. Friday, September 18, 2020 at St. Patrick's Parish (2111 Muldoon Road) with the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Previous Events

Rosary

Friday

18

Sep

8:00 AM 9/18/2020 8:00:00 AM - 9:00 AM 9/18/2020 9:00:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church

2111 Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK 99504

St. Patrick's Church
2111 Muldoon Road Anchorage 99504 AK
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

18

Sep

9:00 AM 9/18/2020 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 9/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church

2111 Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK 99504

St. Patrick's Church
2111 Muldoon Road Anchorage 99504 AK
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fort Richardson National Cemetery Final Resting Place

58-512 State Highway, E.
Fort Richardson, AK 99505

58-512 State Highway, E. Fort Richardson 99505 AK
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

https://donate3.cancer.org/?campaign=CY16MemPage2&giftType=mem&giftTypeMonthlyDisplay=0&_ga=2.152628345.176953845.1600287597-588004837.1600287597
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