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Ruth L Murray

September 11, 1936June 25, 2020

Ruth Louise Beckmann Murray, EdD, MSN, RN, CS, N-NAP, DAPA, age 84, passed away on June 25, 2020 peacefully due to complications of pneumonia and COVID-19. She was born on September 11, 1936 in Wheatfield TWP in Clinton County Illinois to Ferdinand C. and Viola F. Murray (Nee Hilgemann).

Ruth is survived by many cousins, dear close family friends, church members, numerous professional colleagues and acquaintances.

Ruth received her Diploma RN from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Her Bachelor of Science from Lindenwood College in 1959. A Master of Science Degree, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - Focus on individual and group counseling & crisis training from Washington University School of Nursing in 1967. Ruth’s Doctorate in Education - EdD from Southern Illinois University followed in 1983.

She had many roles as a nurse following her graduation in 1957 as Head Nurse in Psychiatry at Deaconess Hospital. Her subsequent rolls as a nurse were in Surgical Nursing, a School Nurse, an Obstetrics-Gynecology Nurse, Consultant for a Special Education Project in Illinois, plus multifaceted roles as an undergraduate and graduate psychiatric mental-health instructor and Professor where she inspired and guided thousands of nursing students in their professional paths as Nurses. I once told Ruth we could rent a stadium to hold all the nurses and colleagues she had lectured, taught and inspired throughout her nursing career, and it still wouldn’t be big enough to hold all the people she has touched, in some form or another, over her many years in nursing. Yet, this is just a portion of all her accomplishments in her professional career. Ruth held roles such as a Nursing Researcher and Mentor, sat on numerous committees such as Student Diversity, Marketing and Recruitment, and institutional reviews.

She has many publications in various psychiatric nursing journals such as Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. She and her colleague, Judy Zentner, co-authored many editions of "Health Promotion Strategies Through the Lifespan", and Ruth went on to update and publish later editions with other colleagues.

She presented at several US and International Research Conferences such as her May 23, 1985 session in Harrogate, England on “Guided Imagery: A Method to Promote Health and Manage Stress".

Ruth served on many Professional Organizations such as Third District Missouri Nurses Association, Missouri Nurses Association & American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, International & Delta Lamda Chapter, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Transcultural Nursing Society and Association of American University Women.

Her Honors and Distinctions are vast and began as early as 1957 when she graduated from nursing Magna Cum Laude, 1978 listed in The Worlds Who’s Who of Women in Education, 1989 Educator Award, Missouri Tribute to Nursing, and 1994 Presidential Service Award, 25 Years, Saint Louis University.

Ruth was involved in numerous community organizations such as St. Patrick Center where she served as a Member, Board of Trustees and numerous committee roles while there from 2002-2003. She was a member of the Board of Directors for HOPE in 1999-2000, a St Louis Transition Hope House volunteer, American Red Cross volunteer and served with the crisis intervention team in St. Louis Missouri.

She was a member of the Audubon Society, Nature Conservatory, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, National Parks and Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, Arts and Education Council, and Amnesty International.

She has served in many roles in her life, and one of which, I and my family were lucky enough to be a part of, as were so many others lucky enough to call her family or friend. Myself, and all of you who have been loved by Ruth, will cherish the memories of her profound love, her guidance, and her selfless commitment to us. She was a guiding, loving force that will be missed forevermore.

We will miss you Ruth. We will hold you dear, reminisce about our times with you, the love, advice, mentoring, and those strong shoulders of yours that held so many up in times of need.

She lived a wonderful life and those who have been honored to know her are better for it. Now that she is residing in God’s Kingdom, let us rejoice by remembering her gracious, loving, giving nature, and her bright beautiful blue eyes. Her tender words of encouragement, and sometimes stern, yet always loving words of concern or advice. Her wish, her prayer for every person on this planet has always been to serve and love one another in the Lord’s Name by donating time or money to those in need, and come together in harmony as one voice in love and respect of one another.

And when we get sad, we will remember her favorite scripture – Philippians 4:6,7

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We shall announce her memorial celebration at Parkway United Church of Christ in Ladue Missouri at a future date when COVID -19 is not a concern.

Memorial donations may be sent to Parkway United Church if Christ, St Louis University School of Nursing ( Murray Graduate Student Scholarship Fund), St Patrick’s Center, Woman’s Place, or other any other choice of organizations you choose.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Ruth L Murray

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peggy gleason

August 3, 2020

A very special person, Dr. Murray was a wonderful mentor and friend. She was sweet and caring and she will be missed. I am thankful for all of the times I spent with her. I always said she knew when to give a pat on the back or a kick in the behind to move people forward! I regret not speaking with her recently. She will always hold a very special place in my heart. Rest In Peace dear Dr. Ruth Murray.

Mary Williams

August 1, 2020

Dr. Murray will always be cherished in my heart. If it was not for her, I would not be the advance nurse that I am today. Thanks to her big generous heart , compassion and assistance. I was able to obtain my degree by her motivation. I know she is sleeping in the Lord and I hope to be able to meet her in the sky, when our great Father comes back for us. She surely functioned as a guardian angel for me! I will miss our yearly gathering for lunch. Peace and rest for a dear, busy angel. I can still vision her light shining today from all my memories of her. 1Thess 4:16,1 7

Sybil Diccion

July 29, 2020

Ruth and I entered EDH at the same time—1954. While in nurses training, she and I lived across the hall from one another so we were in contact daily. Sadly, I dropped out in early 56, got married and left the state but Ruth, the ever devoted student, stayed on and went to greater things. She never forgot me, writing copious notes—always interested in me and how I was living my life. Her sincere interest in me and my family continued until the day she died. I was able to talk to her several weeks before she made her transition into the next life and always, her questions were about the welfare of me and my children. She was extremely sad to learn of the recent passing of my husband who was an intern at Deaconess when we were students so she knew him well.

While reading her obituary, I was familiar with many of her numerous involvements in other peoples lives and her extreme care, concern and compassion she had for those less fortunate. And as I was reading every word of all that she accomplished, I was chagrined to learn that she had to die from Covid after all of those years of caring for others. To her, life was the giving of self, unconditionally. I became extremely grieved to think that her beautiful life was snuffed out by the carelessness of someone passing the fatal virus to her compromised body. It should never have happened. It was not fair and I will forever be saddened to think that after all of those years of giving, her life seemingly held no value to someone who was infected with COVID 19–innocently or not. Ruth did not deserve that.


July 25, 2020

I was blessed enough to know Ruth. I met Ruth through a mutual friend when I was at my lowest. I was an international student and was struggling financially, mentally and psychologically. Ruth took me under her wings and helped see me through school. She would check on my progress all through and made sure I had everything, up until I got my nursing degree. I owe everything in my nursing career and life to Ruth. She truly was a light to everyone... Thank you Ruth, for everything. You will always be in my heart

Shine your way, Ruth, shine your way.

Amanda Marshall

July 21, 2020

I met Dr. Murray when my mother was in grad school at SLU as Dr. Murray was one of my mother's professors. My mother broke both of her arms and was in bad shape after undergoing surgery. Being a single mother with two teens at home it was hard. Dr.Murray drove over an hour to our home, brought groceries, and helped look after my mother while my sister and I went to school. She was so much more than an educator. She had a heart of gold and such a generous and kind soul. Her kindness was kept in my heart as I became an educator. She taught me to look at my students as my own children as she looked after all of her students. A true gem that will be missed!

Sarah Carr-Jordan

July 21, 2020

Dr. Murray was a beautiful, generous soul and a dynamic credit to the nursing profession. Due to her encouraging, caring, intellectual, loving professionalism; she mentored and guided me along my path to BSN through MSN. She was the best. I loved her. She will truly be missed. RIP Dr. Murray, Abundant Blessings to her family.


July 20, 2020

I worked at the fertilizer store in Stolletown. Ruth and I had many talks. She impressed me from the beginning. She will be sadly missed.

John Nourse

July 20, 2020

Ruth was a committed member of Parkway UCC while I was the Pastor there. She was the consummate nurse professional, caring for relatives, friends, and members of our Church. She was so bright and full of energy. She will be missed by us and many more whose lives wee touched by her caring, generous spirit.

Audrey and John Nourse

Susan Graveman

July 19, 2020

Dr Murray was my instructor at SLUSON. She was the best! Unbelievable knowledge base! Such a credit to the nursing profession. God bless her

Jean Beck

July 19, 2020

Sweet Ruth, what a gift to us all. So vibrant, smart, beautiful inside and out. You believed in each of us and made us believe in ourselves. You were one of my special gifts in life. ❤😘