Shirley O'dell Murray
Shirley O'dell Murray
  • July 17, 1934 - October 7, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Shirley O'dell Murray, 83, passed away on October 7, 2017 at WakeMed in Raleigh. Born on July 17, 1934 in Roanoke Rapids, NC; she was the daughter of John Claude O'dell and Sallie West O'dell. Moving to Raleigh, Shirley worked with Wachovia and married William George Murray. She enjoyed being a homemaker until his death in 1983.

Active as a volunteer with her children's schools and with her churches, Fairmont United Methodist Church and Highland United Methodist Church, Shirley enjoyed her time as a homemaker. Following the passing of her husband, she began a 25+ year career with Dr. Richard Saleeby, Sr. and with Belk's at Crabtree.

She was a member of the NC Symphony guild, taking her granddaughter and friends to many performances and plays, enjoyed traveling with church outings and cruises, gardening, reading, but most of all, being a mother and grandmother. Shirley looked forward to her weekends with Sarah and taking her to Sunday School.

She is lovingly remembered by her daughter: Karen Murray Wallace, of Raleigh; son: Keith Alexander Murray and wife Leslie Caroline Murray, of Raleigh; granddaughter: Sarah Catherine Wallace; by her nieces and their families: Sandra Sperry, Pam Reeves, Rebecca Forrest, Billie Yarborough and the late Patricia Henningson; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and by her sisters: Annie Mae Forrest, Hattie O'dell Long and Alma O'dell Smith.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 5-8 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue). Funeral Services will be held at Highland United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2 pm, with interment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions in Shirley's memory may be made to Meals on Wheels of Wake County - 1001 Blair Drive, Suite 100 - Raleigh, NC 27603-2030.