Beverly — Margaret T. (Barry) Murray, 87, died peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at her home. She was the wife of the late Ralph P. Murray, who died in 2004. They had shared 58 years of marriage.
Born in Beverly on October 19, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Margaret M. (Vigars) Barry. She was a lifelong resident of Beverly and a graduate of Beverly High School.
Margaret worked for the telephone company after graduating from Beverly High School. While raising her children, she was employed at the former Hardie School in Beverly, and briefly at Endicott College. She was a wonderful homemaker who liked to sew, bake and knit beautiful ski sweaters for all her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, gardening, camping, skiing, arts and crafts projects, and spending many sunny days at Dane Street Beach. She was a member of the Lothrop Club and active in the Beverly Track Boosters. She also enjoyed traveling with friends and spending some winters in Florida. She felt truly blessed to have so many loving visits from her family on a daily basis.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who will be deeply missed by her surviving children, Neil M. Murray and his wife, Georgie Collins of Cambridge, Mark S. Murray and his wife, Karen (Kristoff) of Winchester, Kris M. Lauranzano and her husband, Michael, Julie A. Frerk and her husband, John, all of Beverly, and Steven T. Murray and his wife, Patrice (Cavanaugh) of Ipswich; 11 grandchildren, Matthew and Peter Lauranzano, Jacob and Jared Frerk, Jocelyn (Frerk) Larson and her husband, Nick, Chelsae and Dylan Murray, Nate Murray and his wife, Keri, Benjamin, Grant and McKenzie Murray; two great-granddaughters, Wren and Rhys Murray; a brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Dexter and Marion Murray, Barbara Barry and Barbara Grover; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves a very special friend, Jackie Thomson, and a special cousin, Terry Mailhoit. She was also predeceased by her brother, Thomas Barry, and three brothers-in-law, William and Martin Murray, and Ronald Grover.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday in the Grondin Funeral Home, 376 Cabot Street, Beverly, from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, or and to send condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com.