Born March 13, 1917

Florence Mary Murray passed away on June 25, 2018 at the young age of 101. She was born on March 03, 1917 to Bernard and Estherina in Earlington an area of Renton, Washington.The family home was later moved to the old Earlington Club house, where the family home still stands today.

Florence attended Earlington School, Saint Anthony Catholic School and graduated from Renton High School. Florence began a career at Boeing in 1942, and was one of the first Rosie Riveters. In 1972, Florence retired after 30 years of service. She loved gardening around her family homestead, knitting and shopping.

She is survived by her only daughter Marilyn Ford and son-in-law Lee Ford of Renton, Washington. One grandson, Steven Ford, a great granddaughter, Ashland Ford, and Great, great Granddaughter Adelyn Ford, all of Cle Elum, Washington. Two nieces, Joy Poff and husband James, Vickie Adsley and husband Bob all of Renton, Washington.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband of 50 year, Jim Murray. Three sisters Louise Hannah, Ann Hamlin and Lena Anderson. Two brothers Bob Poli and Dan Poli all of Renton, Washington. Graveside Services will be held on Monday, July 02, 2018 at Greenwood Memorial Park at 12:00pm.


  • Florence Mary Murray Monday, July 2, 2018


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Bill LeDrew

July 14, 2018

My partner, Bert, and I met Florence shortly after we bought the quanset hut house two houses away. Almost immediately Bert struck up an ongoing conversations of an English style garden that he created and the very manicured and beautiful garden reflecting Florence’s style of gardening. At first, I was the person listening to the conversations. Eventually, Florence and I became friends as well. In 2010 she joined us to see Cirque du Soleil.

I could talk to Florence about anything. After Bert passed away in 2014, I took her to see another Cirque du Soleil for her 100th birthday. We also used to drive down to Ruston to visit Jungle Fever nursery there and to lunch at the Antique Sandwich Shop.

I treasure our outings and fun we had over the years. I’m sure she is in Heaven arguing with Bert over something in the garden. It was an honor to be her friend.

suzanne mccone

July 9, 2018

I was honored to be called Florence's friend. We shared many stories and observations on life through the years and she was always curious, honest, and fun with a great sense of humor on top of it. She loved a good long frank conversation and loved learning about things "I never heard of before?!" I loved her and already miss her... my life is a little emptier without her in it.

Linda Rodella Luna

July 2, 2018

Florence has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old. She watched me grow up and then our children grow up as we visited with my parents through the years, We would always see her outside in the garden. She would coach me on how to take care of different flowers, etc. She truly had a green thumb!
It seemed Like Florence knew everyone! Through the years she would often ask me about the neighborhood kids I grew up with. It was always comical because most of the time she knew more about what they were doing than I did!
Florence was an amazing person! She was so independent and full of life! I can only hope to live life to the fullest as she did! I will miss our visits with Florence, but there are so very many fond memories we have of her! We love you, Florence! Rest in peace.

Melissa and Erik Roeder

July 1, 2018

Wow you kept us on our toes! We became friends even before we bought the house next door. You were the life of every party I hosted in our home. You are missed and loved.

Vikki Adsley

June 30, 2018

Auntie Florance, you will always be in my heart and my inspiration! You were very independent and strong, Love you Vikki