Laura Tammy Ettienne Murray
October 4, 1971 – January 7, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of our beloved mother, daughter, sister, wife, Tia, and friend, Laura Murray, who passed away unexpectedly on the evening of January 7, 2020.
Laura went by several names including Cassandra and Tammy. This variety was not unusual for such a motley spirit as she was many things to many people. She was an eclectic soul with wisdom beyond her years.
Laura was born October 4, 1971, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She spent the majority of her life in California where she attended both Sylmar and Bell Gardens High Schools.
She was the mother of two amazing children, Brandon and Grace Nielsen, who she adored more than anything else on the planet. Her greatest passion was her family, she looked forward to every minute she could spent with any of them. Breaking bread with the ones she loved was how she enjoyed spending her time, especially if she was the chef. She was an excellent cook and the love she put into her food was apparent in every bite.
Second to her love for family was her love for animals. She often came to the aid of strays or a bird that had fallen out of the nest to nurse them back to health. Oddly enough, most of these animals would seek her out and be comforted by her, which is not typical wounded animal behavior. We often joked about this by calling her Dr. Dolittle.
Laura also loved music and the opportunity to move with it. When the music came on, she was the first to and last off the dance floor.
Laura handled life as it came and gave her time freely to those in need of advice or just an ear to listen. The life she led was filled with many challenges and struggles. With these struggles grew the wisdom of a king. She always knew what to say to those in need. She was at the defense of those that were defenseless. She gave her time to God by preaching the good word to all. Her sobriety was paramount in her life, and she was very proud of the people she was able to sponsor and the people that offered her sponsorship. The program, and the people in it, is where she dedicated most of her time and energy. She touched and changed the lives of countless individuals by helping them battle addiction.
Laura is survived by her parents Clay Murray and Laura Fletcher, stepdad papa Andre Fletcher, children Brandon and Grace Nielsen, husband Kevin Gollihugh, siblings Clay and Jennifer, Tia Norma, Tia Maria, and countless family and friends.
- Kevin Russell Gollihugh, Spouse
- Brandon Nielsen, Son
- Grace Nielsen, Daughter
- Maria Laura Fletcher, Mother
- Clay Martin Murray, Father
- Jennifer Salinas, Sister
- Clay Murray, Brother
- Galleria Chapel Friday, January 17, 2020
Laura Tammy Ettienne Murray
February 2, 2020
I’ve just discovered this while trying to locate my old friend. We were roommates and partners in crime in our early 20’s! I always hoped we would meet again. I’m running through all our antics and funny stories in my mind. Condolences to the family. I’d welcome any contact with me if anyone needs a laugh about our young years!! Loving you and missing you, my Sannie
January 18, 2020
I will always remember you and the talks we had. You said that you knew where you were going when you died.. You were a deeply loving and spiritual human being. who radiated kindness and service to others. You were also very prayerful. I know where you got your love of prayer My mom pointed out to me when you were tiny how your mother would pray. with you. It was precious to watch. You had a deep bond with your grandmother on your mother’s side. Now you are with her forever I will always love you, goddaughter. Aunt April
January 17, 2020
Laura was a special person who positively impacted all those whose lives she touched.
January 16, 2020
She was my friend , she was my sobriety spiritual sister, she was a worldly Angel to us all that she came across and touched with her heart mind and soul. She was an inspiration and she will forever be imprinted in my memory. She is unforgettable and in my heart she is immortal as long as I pass on her kindness and wisdom she showed me.. Love you Laura
January 16, 2020
Your amazing smile. I can close my eyes and see you even now.. Your light that you shared with this world knows no darkness. You will always be a bright warm brilliant memory for all eternity.
May your Family find peace in this difficult time. May God comfort and keep them. The Lord has you now. I know you will be at heavens Gate when it is our time
Home to God.
I love you.