Mary Jo Murray

June 8, 1948March 1, 2021

Mrs. Mary Jo Murray passed away at her son’s residence in the town of Potsdam, NY on March, 1, 2021 while under the care of her loving family. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Saturday, March 6th from 2-4 pm. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley @6805 St. Rt. 11 Potsdam, NY 13676. Mary Jo was born on June 8, 1948 in Potsdam, NY to the late John Baxter and Ethel Thomas. She was a graduate of Potsdam Central High School in 1968. She then graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in accounting. She married Rodney H. Murray in 1968. Mary Jo worked for years at Corning Glass as their Supply Chain Manager. She also did accounting work for their family business, Aeon Heating and Air Conditioning. She is survived by her son Jonathan Murray; grandchildren Carys and Rhys Murray and her 4 brothers Jim (Gail) Baxter, Fred (Fran) Baxter, Thomas (Ruth) Baxter and William (Donna) Baxter. She is predeceased by her husband Rodney Murray and a brother Frank Baxter. Mary Jo loved her dog Cloe. She enjoyed spending time with her family at their camp on Higley Flow and she enjoyed horseback riding. Thoughts, memories and prayers can be shared with the Murray family


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March 7, 2021

The Budelmann family (Ben, Scott, Mike & Kevin) are so sad of your loss. Ben worked with Mary Jo at Corning, we knew Rod because of our mutual interest in horses, and two of our sons biked with Jonathan. We have fond memories of our friendships- memories never leave us.

phyllis baxter smith

March 7, 2021

So sorry to hear of cousin Mary Jo's passing. I have many memories of Mary Jo in our younger years. Sending our deepest sympathy to the Murray and Baxter families. In our thoughts and prayers.

Phyllis and Lee

Jack & Judy Taylor

March 7, 2021

We re so sorry for your loss, your Mom and Dad were such loving wonderful people, We shall always remember their kindness and graciousness. We wish you and your family peace in knowing she is with your Dad. With much love, Jack and Judy

Judith Fuhr

March 6, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss, Jonathan. Our favorite memory of your Mom was how sweet and kind she was and how much joy she got from you and MK as teenagers.

Paula Jensen-Moulton

March 5, 2021

Loving thoughts and comfort to you Jonathan. What wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad I have over many years...potluck dinners where your Mother brought the best fresh fruit salads, Christmas hymn sings and visiting them at their Higley home as well as at your place and water skiing! Much love to your family.

Donna Blanchard

March 4, 2021

I am sorry Jonathan for the loss of your mom, and your children’s grandmother. She was a loving person. May she Rest In Peace. Sending hugs and prayers to your family.

Jack Carroll

March 4, 2021

My condolences to the family. I worked at Corning for many years with Mary Jo. She interviewed me when I was first hired there. She was a strong, smart and dedicated person. If there was an important project or work committee she was always selected to be a part of it. Her efforts were a large part of Corning's success and helped to save the plant during during some difficult times. More importantly, she a was a good person and will be sadly missed.

Jeff Thacher

March 4, 2021

Such a strong, kind person. I can hear her voice now. I like to think of Rod welcoming her now with that warm smile and twinkle in his eyes. My warmest thoughts to her whole family. Much love.

Shannon Cook

March 4, 2021

My heart goes out to Mary Jo's family.
I was blessed to work with Mary Jo at Corning and she was the smartest, kindest and sweetest person to work with. She truly cared for the people that worked for her and always went above and beyond.
She is the reason why my family has always had border collie dogs. When I was looking to get a dog for my family, she strongly suggested that I get a border collie. She stated that she has had border collies and that she and her family loved them. Thanks to her, my family has now had 3 border collies that we have loved dearly.
You will be greatly missed.
Shannon Cook

Donna Brockway

March 3, 2021

Mary Jo and I were best friends in high school graduating in 1967 from Potsdam Central. We had a great group of friends and spent much time together. I was at the Baxter home a lot, Fran, Fred and Tommy were like family to me. I stood up for Mary Jo when she and Rod got married and they stood up for Terry and I when we got married. Over the years we did not see each other much but when we did we caught up on grandchildren and children. Memories flow when I think back, can’t take those away. Rest in piece Mary Jo, you and Rod are together again!