Carole Murray

16 June, 193710 October, 2021

Carole S. Murray passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 after a brief illness. She was born Carole Sue Johnson on June 16, 1937, in Anjier, North Carolina. She was the fourth daughter of Halford “Hap” Johnson and Sadie (Giles) Johnson. She lived in several cities in North Carolina as a child and then resided for her final 2 years of high school in Jacksonville, North Carolina with her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Albert Rachide.

She met her future husband, Richard B Murray, in Jacksonville and was married in 1954. They moved to Evansville, Indiana in 1956 where he was employed as a research pharmacist at Mead Johnson. She was comfortable for remainder of her life to be known as “Mrs. Richard B Murray”. Carole and Dick had 2 children, Elizabeth and Glen, and she initially was a stay-at-home mom. She was involved in multiple activities during this time including being a Girl Scout Leader, a Pink Lady volunteer at Deaconess Hospital, a participant in the Adopt-a-Patient program at Evansville State Hospital and an Adult Literacy Tutor, teaching non-reading adults. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and participated in youth and women’s groups.

In 1970, she returned to school at Indiana State University (Evansville) to resume her education. She completed her degree in Elementary Education in 1974 and went on to obtain her Masters degree in Elementary Education and Reading in 1981. She taught at North High School from 1976 until her retirement, where she was Faculty Advisor of National Honor Society and participated in the Teacher’s Talent Show (although she could never carry a tune).

During this time, the family suffered the untimely death of Richard in 1972. In her lifetime, she enjoyed multiple activities such as traveling with friends and family, reading, skiing trips, senior exercise groups and working crossword puzzles. She had a great sense of humor and her specialty was a rendition of the Happy Birthday song tailored for each recipient every year to be left on voice mail.

However, her greatest love was interacting with her children, and then grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with them, bring them up in conversation or show pictures, right up to the time of her death.

She is survived by her son, Glen R Murray and his wife, Louise of Marietta, Georgia; her daughter, Elizabeth M Ashworth of Vincennes, Indiana; her beloved friend Carol Montgomery and her sisters Shirley Rachide and Glenda (Polly) Medder in North Carolina. She is also survived by her grandchildren Nathan (Megan), John (Rayven) and Kinsey Ashworth of Indianapolis, and great-grandchildren Pepper, Corbin, Wren and Averie. She is survived by multiple nieces and nephews, but was particularly close to Beverly Rachide, Jean Rachide, Terry McClay and Arlene Medder.

She loved several friends who were a great blessing to her during her lifetime, including Brenda and Cameron Mobley, Phyllis McAtee, Bret Ashby and Jeff Whitlock.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, Richard B Murray, and her sister, Dorothy Clasby. A celebration of her life by family will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the donor’s charity of choice.

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Terry McClay

1 November 2021

Aunt Carole always started her phone calls with my mom by announcing 'This is your baby sister, Carole'. It was always followed by a short laugh, the first of many laughs they would share on each call. My mom always ended any 'disagreements' with her by declaring 'because I'm the oldest!' Even though their visits were infrequent, they made the most of every moment together, usually with Shirley and Polly joining the fun. The four of them played cards late into the night and nonstop laughter was always on the agenda. She was such a great help with my mom when she got sick and I could never thank her enough for all she did. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed!! Deepest condolences to your family.
Love, Terry

Patricia Mandel

24 October 2021

My condolences to Beth and her family. from your childhood Childrens' choir director at Christ Lutheran. PAT MANDEL

Jeff Whitlock

18 October 2021

I have known Carol for a least six years and during that time we became great friends. Whenever I came to mow her lawn she always asked me to come in and talk for awhile. We had conversations about a lot of different things. One thing I really enjoyed about talking to her, was her quick wit. One regret that I have is that we were unable to go to dinner which she talked about doing often. I will truly miss her and the friendship we had

Becky Jones

17 October 2021

Beth, sorry to read about your mom this morning. This is your old UE basketball coach. Hope you are doing well. Give me a call sometime! 812 598-3620 Becky Jones

Donna Ponce

16 October 2021

On behalf of the Puckett Family, we're so sorry to hear of your families loss of Carol. For many years she was an integral part of our families lives. Love and Blessings to all the family.

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