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Shirley L. Murray

Published April 12,2024

Obituary's Biography:

Shirley Lee Murray was born on August 11th, 1935, in Baltimore City, Maryland, and died on April 8th, 2024, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Shirley grew up in Maryland with her parents, four sisters, and two brothers. As an adult, she started working as a waitress at the Mary-Bo Restaurant &Truck stop and met the love of her life, Edward G. Murray. Eds’ family owned that truck stop, and when he came in to eat, Eds’ eye was caught by a beautiful young lady who devoted her life to him for the next 47 years. It was indeed love at first sight. The two married in 1953 and had their first child, Debra, in 1954. Edward Jr followed in 1956, Billie in 1958, Pamela in 1962, and Cindy in 1966.

She was the biggest cheerleader of her five children and a nephew who lived with them. Shirley always had their backs! After having moved around- from Maryland to California to Michigan, the family settled in Round Lake Park. While raising her family, she worked for the Canteen Corporation at the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Baxter in Round Lake.

Shirley kept herself busy with hobbies such as sewing, making ceramic pieces for years, and entering them into the Lake County Fair. She won many ribbons, some first-place ones!  She loved scrapbooking family events and making beautiful books about the whole family. She loved quilting and made lovely quilts for her children and grandchildren.  However, one thing she spent over 20 years on was her Genealogy research, and she left behind a beautiful family history that dates to 1878.

Shirley is survived by her children: Debra (Jay) Tumulak of Grayslake, IL; Edward (Cheryl) Murray of Somerset, KY; Billie (Mary) Murray of Delavan, WI; Pamela (Rob) Cecchini of Antioch, IL, and Cindy (Randy) Feldkamp of Kenosha, WI; her grandchildren: Jim (Christy) Arrajj, Shannon (Eric) Fender, Aaron (Leann) Arrajj, Marlone Louie Tumulak, Joshua (Jackie) Murray, Melissa Gensel, Alicia (Stephen) Cole, Brandon (Sarah) Murray, Chaz (Mallory) Whetstone, Tyler Whetstone, Lacy Lanciloti, Vincent Lanciloti, Blake Lanciloti, Lisa Sparks, and Jaylene Sparks; her 26 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Donna Hollingsworth, Marion DuFour, Bonnie (Jim) Thompson, Bo Goad, and many nephews and nieces.

Her husband, Edward Sr.; sister, Patricia Sargent; brother, Robert Jones; two brothers-in-law, Buddy Hollingsworth, and Billy DuFour; and two grandchildren, Doug Sparks and Louis Lanciloti, preceded her in death.

All will enormously miss her.

A visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 3-4pm immediate family and 4pm until 7pm public.  A funeral service will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 12pm. Interment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org.   

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6 replies on “Shirley L. Murray”

  1. Sorry for your loss having grown up with Bo Bonnie and Marion your mom Dottie was a second mom to us please accept our condolences

  2. Aunt Shirley, best aunt in the world. I would spend summers with her when I was young, she treated me like one of her own children. I had the pleasure of seeing her last month. It was a wonderful visit. She will be truly missed, and I am blessed that I was able to spend time with her again. Have fun in Heaven, with Uncle Ed. You are so loved, & will be so missed.❤️🙏 Love, Little Rosie, as she called me. 😊

  3. We shared smiles, We wiped the tears and through the years… Our friendship grew, along with us. You were truly a wonderful part of my life. I will always be grateful for that.

  4. Where do you even begin to describe a wonderful Grandmother you’ve known your entire life.
    She always welcomed us with open arms truly cared about the family. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to spend most of my life visiting her and enjoying her company.
    Loved bringing her favorite crab salad from the deli to enjoy. She had a lot of family who cared and loved her. She too was blessed to have so many who cared about her.

    An abundance of great memories to share with our family.

  5. My BEAUTIFUL mother! My best friend! The WORLDS kindest woman who was always a help to anyone and everyone. I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life

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