OBITUARY

Rosa Moore Murray

July 28, 1924March 27, 2021
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Rosa Moore Murray, 96, died peacefully in her home on March 27, 2021. We thank God for her life and faith and celebrate that her faith is now sight.

Born in Greensboro, NC, on July 28, 1924, the daughter of Eugene Russell Moore, Jr and Sue White Moore, Rosa lived her early years in Norfolk, Virginia and moved to Raleigh in 1938 where she attended Hugh Morson High School. She was involved in a variety of activities including Student Council, Glee Club, cheerleading, tennis, was an honor graduate and received the senior superlative award for “The Most Athletic Female.” After graduating in 1942, she attended Peace College for a year, then entered the workforce for a few years, working at the NC Highway Commission.

Rosa married the love of her life, Ed Murray, in 1948 at First Presbyterian Church where they were faithful members throughout their lifetimes. They sang in the Chancel Choir and were devoted members of the Koinonia Sunday School Class. Rosa was also active in her circle and in Presbyterian Women, where she received the Honorary Life Membership Award in 1976, following in the footsteps of her mother, Sue Moore, who received the award in 1957. Rosa found great satisfaction in crocheting blankets for babies born at First Presbyterian, and eventually for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren (Yes, she was thinking way ahead!).

When asked recently by a grandchild what she liked most about Ed, she said, “Well, everything!” They were quite a team, Rosa and Ed, always willing to help each other and their 4 children with whatever the need, swimming or baseball practices, dance or piano lessons, activities at church, youth choir rehearsals in their home, school projects, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, family time at the beach. They were God-focused, family-focused and others-focused. Unfortunately, after 28 years of marriage, Ed had a massive heart attack and died in 1977. Rosa’s faith, family, church family and friends were there to help her grieve.

In 1980, Rosa became a Legislative Assistant in the N.C. General Assembly, serving Representatives, Sam Bundy, Walter Jones and Robert Barbee, over a period of 25+ years. She made many friends at the legislature, from kitchen staff to clerks to legislators. Four years ago, she was honored for her years of faithful service in the legislature, receiving a NC state flag from Representative Mitchell Setzer.

Rosa was a wonderful cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also cheered for the UNC Tar Heels and loved wearing her Tar Heel earrings! For years, Rosa enjoyed doing a monthly Meals on Wheels route with her friend, Evelyn. She also loved being a part of the A La Ronde bookclub, garden club, bridge club, dinner groups, the Women’s Club of Raleigh, and often met with friends at the K&W in Cameron Village . . . all this to say, Rosa loved people, and people loved Rosa. To the question, “What do you want people to remember about you?”, she answered without hesitation, “That I liked to laugh.” And did she ever! She was so much FUN! From participating in skits at church to making funny homemade cards for friends to making silly faces, there was laughter wherever Rosa was.

Rosa’s brother, E.R. “Jack” Moore, Jr and sister, Jeanette Page, preceded her in death.

Rosa is survived by her four children: Susan Murray, Lillian Poole (Jim), Ann Moore, and Edward Murray III; her grandchildren: Jimmy Poole, Matthew Poole (Ashley), Christopher Poole (Maury), Bobby Moore, Edward Murray IV (fiancé Spencer), Jack Murray, and Jefferson Murray; and her great-grandchildren: Lilly, Parker, Wilde Poole; Hattie, Lydia, Iris Poole; Porter, Grady Poole. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, David Murray, and many nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Huang for his excellent care of their mother through the years. We also thank Mom’s amazing caregivers during the past 4 years: Nelly, Kani, Lynn, Beth, Veronica, Shirley, Joyce, Gloria and Florence. And most recently, we thank Transitions LifeCare Hospice for their help and support the past few weeks.

There will be a private graveside service on Thursday, April 1, and a celebration of Rosa’s life and faith at a future date at First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Services provided by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.

Services

  • There will be a private graveside service on Thursday, April 1, and a celebration of Rosa’s life and faith at a future date at First Presbyterian Church.

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Cheryl Hall

April 10, 2021

When I saw Mrs. Murray's photo on this website, I immediately recognized her as the lady whom I'd seen many times (prior to the pandemic) striding energetically around the Rex Wellness Center track. Reading her obituary, I learned she was the mother of my classmate Susan from way back. So, to Susan and all the Murrays, I send my belated condolences and a salute to Mrs. Murray for a life well-lived. She left behind quite a legacy as evidenced in the many photos which I enjoyed seeing.

Blessings and peace to all of you,
Cheryl Burgess Hall, Raleigh

Carmen Cauthen

April 9, 2021

Rosa was a delightful woman with such a sense of doing it right. I appreciated her smiles and warmth during the time that we worked together at the General Assembly. Such fond memories of a wonderful lady.

Peggy Thomas

April 9, 2021

Loved seeing all the new pictures and how much Rosa loved and enjoyed all her children and grandchildren and great ones. It brought back so memories to see the famous bridge club couples and The Banana Bunch. Even though she lost your Dad so young, she made the best of her life and brought joy to so many. BLESSINGS... Peggy Sharpe Thomas

Mary Baggett

March 29, 2021

Susan and Lillian--I am sending heartfelt condolences to you and your siblings on the loss of your dear mother. I remember her so fondly as a cheerleader and wonderful mother to our swim team activities. How truly blessed you are with her incredible legacy and her long and beautiful life. I am truly thinking of you all and sending prayers and sympathy. With sincerity, Mary Webb Baggett

Peggy Sharpe Thomas

March 29, 2021

Dear Susan, Lillian, Ann, Edward and Families, What a beautiful, smart, hard working Southern Gal your Mom was. What a life she had and made every minute count. All the Sharpe/Thomases are thinking about you in love and caring. PEACE BE WITH YOU...Peggy, Tim, and Boys.

Jannell Knox

March 28, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Growing up in Raleigh, I have such fond childhood memories of your mother and her kindness.

Jannell Knox
Atlanta, Georgia

Kaylyn Hudson

March 27, 2021

Dear Lillian and Susan, I was so saddened to hear of Ms. Rosa passing. I loved getting to know her over the years she came to Red Salon. She was a wonderful lady and she was so thoughtful, always remembering us in the Hoilday’s. I will treasure her lap blanket she made me. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. My the Lord comfort you and keep you close.
Love Kaylyn from Red Salon.

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