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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Lorraine Eleanor Murray
Murray imageLorraine Eleanor Murray, 89, of Yorktown, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, after a period of ill health, at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, surrounded by her large and loving family. Mrs. Murray was born on Jan. 7, 1925, in Revere, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Fergus and Rose Griffin, and grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts. A graduate of Melrose High School, she attended Boston University. During World War II, she served in Washington, D.C., in the Women's Air Corps (WACS) as a stenographer for the War Department. In 1952, she met John C. Murray, of Norfolk VA, a Virginia Tech graduate who served as a Navy electronics mate during World War II. After a whirlwind three-month courtship, they were married in January 1953 and lived in Hampton. The first of their seven children was born that December. The Murrays moved to Newport News in 1963, and to York County's Dandy community in 1977. They were married for 42 years until John's death in 1995. Mrs. Murray was past president of the Tidewater DeMolay Mothers Club and a member of the St. Gerard's Guild of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News. In later years, she was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Yorktown. She was an avid reader and letter writer, and the keeper of her family's history dating back many decades. She delighted in the company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by six children: William Fergus Murray and wife Karen Murray of Newport News, John Carl Murray, Jr., and his wife Deborah Booth Murray of Newport News, Michael Howard Murray and his wife Kirbett Murray of Bedford County, Margaret Ann Pittman and her husband Steven Pittman of Yorktown; Robert Glenn Murray and his wife Angel Murray of Yorktown, David Wayne Murray and his wife Deborah K. Murray of Yorktown, and daughter-in-law, Shelby Murray and longtime family friend and caregiver Debbie (Durrette) French. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Carl Murray, Sr., and a son, Stuart James Murray, and by her sisters Gertrude Ann Maroney and Mary Rose Harney and a brother, Henry Harney. Other survivors include 18 grandchildren: Mark Esterman, David Esterman, Donna Lusk, Stuart Murray, Mark Young, Blake Young, Christina Boyer, Caylyn Worthington, Michael Murray, Kirbett North, Andrew Pittman, Deanna Pittman, Erin Pittman, Meagan Murray, Rachal Murray, Danielle Murray, Darren Murray, and Dawson Murray; and 12 great-grandchildren. She is survived also by nephews Edward Maroney, and Dennis Maroney and nieces Lisa Rauen, Maureen Tereby, Sharon Steele, and Tracey Lepore. Visitation will be at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton on Tuesday, October 21 from 5-7 P.M., A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Tabb, on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:00 P.M with Rev. Donald J. Cavey officiating. Memorial donations may be sent to the Virginia DeMolay Foundation, c/o W. T. Ellison, 1528 Tuckahoe Road, Waynesboro, VA 22980.
Sidney Fay Pauls
Sidney Fay Pauls, 78, husband of Betty Pauls, father of Susan P. Burnett and Sidney F. Pauls, Jr., passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home and Crematory, Poquoson are handling arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


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