24 October, 1930 – 24 March, 2020
Mary Nell Hay (nee Murray), 89, of Houston, TX, devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on March 24, 2020. She was born October 24, 1930 in Jacksonville, TX to Adele and Joe Murray. She attended Jacksonville High School and worked following graduation to help pay for her brothers’ college expenses. She was married on December 10, 1953 to James D. Hay of Temple, TX. She worked for the Spring Branch School District in Houston for over 20 years, before retiring in 1999. She was a devoted Christian and loyal member of the Memorial Drive Methodist Church of Houston. She is survived by her son David of Houston, daughter Patricia and son-in-law Steven Adams of Pearland, and son Mark and daughter-in-law Robyn of Katy, TX; also survived by her grandsons Joseph Sheinfeld and Ethan Adams; Connor, Braden and Nolan Hay; and great-granddaughter Dahlia Sheinfeld. Preceded in death by her husband, both parents and brothers John, Walter and Joe Murray. Memorial to take place upon lifting of restrictions due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lighthouse for the Blind.
Why should I feel discouraged? And why should the shadows come? Why should my heart feel lonely And long for heavenly home When Jesus is my portion? And my constant friend is He You know, his eye is on the little sparrow And I know he cares for you and me His eye is on the little sparrow And I know God is watching over you and me
I sing because my soul is a happy I sing because I'm free For His eye, it is on the little sparrow And I know He's watching over you and me
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Lynn Tolliver (Murray)
5 April 2020
Aunt Mary will always be a hero to me. Through great adversity she never gave up. She and my dad (her youngest brother) shared a common trait of never speaking negatively of other people. She was an amazing role model and I often asked her how she did it. She was so humble and I know a woman of great integrity, love, and prayer. I love you Aunt Mary💕
3 April 2020
One of my most memorable moments I had with nanny was when she gave me a big bowl of ice cream and I finished the whole thing and I went up to her and asked for a cookie and she said “didn’t you just have ice cream” and I said “yeah but I didn’t really like it” even though I finished the whole bowl
2 April 2020
I thought about this, and remembered I do have a favorite memory of Mary. I have always joked with her daughter-in-law, Robyn, about Robyn's cooking ability. One time in their house, Robyn was getting a lot of cracks from several of us about her cooking skills - all done in good natured fun. Then Mary's soft voice piped up in the midst of our fun and firmly stated, "Robyn can too cook. She's a good cook!" Who were we to argue with the matriarch, and how wonderful she stood up for her daughter-in-law?! Sweet Mary.
2 April 2020
I could fill this site up with all of my memories of mom and the things she did for me. But one that really sticks out is all of my three sons' sporting events that she never missed. Everyone knew her and remarked that she would sit in 100 degree heat and wind-whipped cold days to watch them play baseball, football and basketball. She saw hundreds of games over the last 15 years. The boys would always find her after every game to give her a hug - and that meant the world to her. She was their biggest fan and will be missed by all. But she will still be cheering them on from above!
2 April 2020
I can't believe she's gone, and yet I am happy because she no longer suffers the binds that kept her in a ravaged body. She was the last of her family to go and I know she so longed to be with them all again. Her beloved mother and brothers must have been over-joyed to be with her again.
My mother was one of the most selfless, God-centered, women I have ever had the privilege to have known and loved. She is and was irreplaceable in the hearts of so many who knew her. I hope that one day I can achieve this lofty goal - or at least come close. I love you, my best friend and sister in Christ. Rest well and enjoy being with your loved ones in His kingdom. I look forward to re-uniting with you when my time comes.