NORRIDGEWOCK -- Linda Tracy Murray, 70, of Norridgewock, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Skowhegan.
She was born Aug. 15, 1942, in Farmington, the daughter of Walter Tracy and Grace (Nutting) Tracy.
Linda graduated from Farmington High School in the class of 1960.
She married Raymond E. Murray Jr. on Sept. 3, 1960, in Farmington; he passed in October 2008.
She worked as a secretary for Norrwock Shoe Co. in Norridgewock, as well as for Medwed Shoe Co. in Skowhegan. For many years, she was the office manager at Christmas Tree Acres in Norridgewock for the Newman Family. Also, she worked for the Maine Harness Racing Association, traveling as the head banker. Additionally, she was a homemaker for many years.
Linda was a member of the Skowhegan Federated Church in Skowhegan and of its Women's Fellowship. She volunteered in the Skowhegan Soup Kitchen for many years. Attending Shriner's events with her husband, reading to children at the Shriner's Hospital, bowling, playing cards with friends, and ladies' Thursday night dinners were amongst activities she loved. She took delight in traveling to many places with her family, including Florida, California, Hawaii and Las Vegas, and she especially enjoyed trips to Florida with her grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and her great-grandson, the light of her life.
She is survived by her three children, her daughter, Beth Norweg, and her husband, Kurt, of Norridgewock, and her two sons, Brian Murray, of Norridgewock, and Randall Murray and his wife, Deborah, of Smithfield; her grandchildren; Kevin and Kyle Norweg, Troy Johnson, and Michael Downer, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, and his fiance, Kristin Crockett; great-grandson Carter; brother Earl Tracy and his wife, Donna, of Kennebunk; her godchild, Melanie Nunan, of Kennebunk; two brothers-in-law, Morris Murray and his wife, Martha, of Norridgewock and Florida, and Douglas Murray and his wife, Noreen, of Madison; and five sisters-in-law, Eva Bussell and her husband, Norris, of Madison, Hester Murray, of Madison, Pamela Gordon and her husband, James, of Norridgewock, Donna Bickford and her husband, Lenard, of Norridgewock, and Linda Atkinson and her husband, Michael, of Norridgewock. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey W. Murray, and her mother, father and husband.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the Rev. Mark Tanner, Dr. Gina Gomez, Dr. Lance Lanoy, EMS Ambulance Service, the staff at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, the staff at Central Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Unit, and the Skowhegan Dialysis Unit for all their wonderful support and care.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Skowhegan Federated Church, Island Avenue, Skowhegan, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. A committal service will be held in the spring at Sunset View Cemetery in Norridgewock.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Dialysis Clinic of Skowhegan, P.O. Box 2331, Skowhegan, ME 04976; or to the Kora Shrine Crazy Cops, Attn: Mike Klick, 11 Sabattus St., Lewiston, ME 04240.