1945 – 2014

LEWISTON — Gloria Jeanne Murray, 69, of Hotel Road in Auburn, died of pneumonia on Saturday, July 26, at Central Maine Medical Center, with her sister and loving John F. Murphy Homes staff at her side.

Born in Lewiston on Feb. 9, 1945, Gloria was a daughter of William P. and Marie Jeanne (Begin) Murray. Gloria was among the first students at Garcelon School in Lewiston and later attended Madison Street School in Auburn. In 1974, Gloria began attending what is now known at The Social Learning Center.

As her parents aged, Gloria moved into the just opened Turner Street John F. Murphy Home in 1987. After breaking her femur, she moved into the Colby Street JFM Home in 2003 and into her final JFM retirement home on Hotel Road in 2010.

When Gloria was young, she spent many hours walking in the driveway of her home on Main Street in Lewiston, waving to people in their cars as they drove by.

She enjoyed listening to music and singing, as well as spending time with family and friends. She loved the attention of all of her JFM and SLC staff and friends over the years. Gloria was a sweet, strong, compassionate and courageous lady, with a big smile and infectious grin who won over the love of so many people she met, whether she knew them for a day or a lifetime.

Besides her sister, Suzanne Murray Tymoczko, Gloria is survived by her housemates, Geraldine Dunn, George Gagnon and Allison Butler; and her wonderful John F. Murphy staff, including Diane Clukey, Danielle Garneau and all of the others at Hotel Road. She is also survived by her correspondent and friend, Dawn Ward; along with many cousins, including her godfather, Monsignor Raymond Begin.

Gloria was predeceased by her parents.

Sue would like to thank the wonderful and compassionate staff at JFM for loving and caring for Gloria for so many years, as well as to the many doctors and medical personnel who treated her over the years.

Gloria was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. She has now gone home, comfortably in the arms of her parents.

Donations, condolences and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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