Verna Cecilia Murray

ESCANABA – Verna Cecilia Murray, 89, of 1214 S. 15th. St., Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2014, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Matthew and Josephine (Miller) Decker. Verna graduated from Escanaba High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her teaching degree. She taught school in Wisconsin for a few years.

The former Verna C. Decker married Rodger T. Murray on July 26, 1952, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2013. Verna was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and taught CCD at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Escanaba Women’s Club, Lake Bluff Golf and Country Club, and enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, golfing, gardening and reading.

Verna Cecilia Murray is survived by: son, Michael (Janine) Murray of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; daughter, JoAnne Murray of Ohio; grandchildren, Zachary, Alexander and Benjamin (Fierra) and their child Lila; great-grandchild, Lila; sisters, Rita Loose of Yuma, Ariz., and Madelyn (Jay) Carwile of Wichita, Kan.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Decker.

Private family visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Anne Catholic Church with Father Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral mass in the St. Anne Catholic Church fellowship hall.

Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at